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In Illinois, Democrats face a test of big-tent values

In Illinois, Democrats face a test of big-tent valuesIn recent days, dozens of anti-abortion activists, mostly college students giving up their spring break, have descended on the Chicago suburbs to canvass for votes for a Democrat. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois is something of an endangered species: one of the last Democrats in the House of Representatives who consistently votes against abortion rights.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:53:14 -0400
The light Stephen Hawking leaves behind

The light Stephen Hawking leaves behindThe British scientist is praised for shedding light on black holes. In too many countries, leaders have weaponized false information to exert power, either at home or in other nations. This is creating a backlash in favor of truth-telling, a movement that needs heroes like Dr. Hawking who can inspire others to seek understanding.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:30:08 -0400
When a young person is in crisis, this woman is a text away

When a young person is in crisis, this woman is a text awayThis essay is part of an occasional series provided by our partner organization Encore.org, which created the Generation to Generation (Gen2Gen) campaign inviting those in midlife and beyond to connect with kids who need champions. Since most of the texters who reach out to us are under the age of 25, this activity provides me with the chance to interact with the younger generation and connect with them in a compassionate way. Crisis counselors graduate from a six-week, 34-hour training program that includes video modules covering good contact techniques and issues such as self-harm, suicide, depression, bullying, and gender/sexual identity.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:16:44 -0400
On tariffs, many farmers break sharply with Trump

On tariffs, many farmers break sharply with TrumpGlenn Brunkow eases his pickup past the land his great-great-great-grandfather homesteaded in the 1860s, pointing out the rich soil where hell grow soybeans this year, and then turns into a cow pasture. This is kind of like Christmas, coming out here every morning, says Mr. Brunkow on a brisk March day, stopping to wait for a calf in his path as it takes a long, deep draught from its mothers udder. Not only are the soon-to-be implemented tariffs already driving up the cost of farm equipment, but other countries are threatening to retaliate by targeting US agricultural exports.

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:27:44 -0400
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