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May, 6, 2016

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U.S. Republicans have taken to social media in droves to burn their voter registration cards, renounce their political affiliation, and pledge never to vote for their party's presumptive nominee Donald Trump in November.
 
A heated national debate over access to bathrooms by transgenders is sweeping the United States, with schools and businesses grappling with the issue that has become a hot topic in the presidential campaign.
 
With Donald Trump's remaining rivals bowing out of the race, clearing his path to the nomination, Hillary Clinton is looking for ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire.
 
Three years ago, Albert and Yassin left their homes in Kosovo and Albania to wage jihad in Syria. Now they're back, swelling the ranks of jihadists in a region the Islamic State has called a "new front" in Europe.
 
The Salt Lake Tribune's pending sale to the wealthy Huntsman family unshackles the newspaper from cost-cutting corporate owners and resolves crippling financial uncertainty, but it also raises concerns about whether the influential family will meddle in the paper's coverage.
 
The combat death of a U.S. Navy SEAL who was advising Kurdish forces in Iraq coincides with a gradually deepening American role in fighting a resilient Islamic State, even as the Iraqis struggle to muster the military and political strength to defeat the militants.
 
North Korea, the world's last great master of Cold War-era spectacle, is likely to deliver a big one when its ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years later this week.
 
Will the ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the world's largest trade pact, ever see the light of day?
 
After the disappearance last December of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, Britain's foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, asked Beijing for information on his whereabouts, pointing out that the 65-year-old was a British national. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, responded that Lee was "first and foremost a Chinese national."
 
What is the role of language in politics? Do those who claim to represent people's interests have a responsibility to use language that is decent, imbued with reason, values that are humane and that facilitate a pursuit of justice and welfare? Or should the language we use be left to the whims and fancies of our instincts and moods of the day?
 
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