Jimmy Carter

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.

Former US President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Trump

Jimmy Carter on faith, Trump, and his undying optimism

Photographer Carlos Barria holds a print of a photograph he took in 2005, as he matches it up at the same location 10 years on, in New Orleans. The print shows Errol Morning sitting on his boat on a flooded street September 5, 2005, after Hurricane Katrin

5 stories to make you smile and think

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Former President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Carter, 90, said he will cut back dramatically on his schedule to receive treatme

Jimmy Carter: ‘I would like the last Guinea worm to die before I do’

Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter is still fighting to eradicate tropical diseases

Robert Duval, former soccer player and a prisoner during Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's regime, speaks during a news conference in Port-au-Prince on February 7, 2012.

A former Haitian prisoner says ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier’s criminal legacy should never be forgotten


Now that “Baby Doc” Duvalier has died in his native Haiti, there is talk of giving him a state funeral. But Boby Duval, who was imprisoned by Duvalier in the 1970s, says Baby Doc’s history of embezzlement and repression should remain to teach future generations what not to do.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State on September 10, 2014.

In dealing with ISIS, Obama could take cues from the Camp David Accords

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The nature of war is that it’s impossible to predict its outcome, and the current military campaign against ISIS is no exception. But some conflicts can have peaceful conclusions — like the Camp David Accords that ended the Israel-Egypt conflict. Author Lawrence Wright argues that we can turn to the diplomacy of Jimmy Carter to learn how to deal with ISIS.


African immigrants in Colorado are finding their political voice

Global Politics

In Colorado, Africans are second only to Latin Americans among the state’s immigrant populations. Until now, they’ve been largely absent from Colorado’s politics, but new candidates and civic groups with African roots are pushing the community nearer to the political spotlight.

Cartoon about national security

When it comes to spying, everyone is in everyone else’s business

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The NSA ha ignited a firestorm over its extensive spying on friends and allies alike, but it’s clear the US is far from alone. Also, a new study finds billions of planets in the Milky Way that might be like Earth, and a former US president says he almost punched out a foreign leader. All this and more, in today’s Global Scan.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani

Iran and the US learn how to flirt, diplomatically

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Relations between the US and Iran have been so bad for so long that there may be an understandable urge to make up for lost time, and get right down to business. But that may not be best in the long run