George W. Bush

A mural with the words "Patria y Vida," or "Homeland and Life," a twist on the Cuban national motto, "Homeland or Death."

In Miami, Cuban American progressives promote civic engagement ahead of midterms


Miami progressives are trying to break the Republican grip on the state’s Latino voters by making cultural connections to Cubans in the US. 

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, from Illinois, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations on Capitol Hill in Washington

Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls for a ‘real, cold-hard facts look’ at US’ failed 20-year war in Afghanistan

A young boy is shown with his right hand up to his face shielding the sun with armored military vehicles shown in the distance.

Afghanistan’s arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad

Local Balinese offer prayers for the victims at the site of the bomb blast in Kuta, Bali, Oct. 18, 2002. Nearly 200 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in the nightclub bombing. 

Top Gitmo detainee Hambali will finally get his day in court

President-elect Joe Biden is shown wearing a dark suit and smiling while holding his fists up like a boxer.

Trump faces calls to work with Biden team on transition

A woman is shown leaning her head back slightly with a protective mask pulled down and a health care worker reaches out with a swab.

Decades of science denial related to climate change has led to denial of the coronavirus pandemic


After the fossil fuel industry spent hundreds of millions of dollars undermining climate science, it’s easy to see how epidemiology came next.

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Spies and the White House have a history of running wild without congressional oversight

For decades now, the evolving role of congressional oversight of US intelligence has involved major clashes and scandals, from the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s to the intelligence abuses that led to the 2003 war in Iraq.

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Remembering how America experienced 9/11


America is at a turning point in which the events of 9/11 are shifting from memory to history. In his book, “The Only Plane in the Sky,” author Garrett Graff compiles a comprehensive oral history timeline of Sept. 11, 2001, told via brief diary-like accounts.

Women in blue and white shirts dance and sing.

Almost undocumented, Liberians in US get 11th hour reprieve


Up to 4,000 Liberians with Deferred Enforced Departure status were nearly rendered undocumented March 31, after US President Donald Trump declined to renew their status last year. But at the 11th hour, the White House reversed course. But there is still no permanent solution set for DED holders, many of whom have US-citizen family members.

George W. Bush holds a loud speaker in his hand.

The US is currently in 31 other national emergencies. Here’s what that means.

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US President Donald Trump has suggested he could declare a national emergency to get a border wall. This hasn’t happened yet, but the US is still technically in crisis. There are 31 national emergencies currently active, ranging from last year to 1979.