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  • Young Nigerians choose to fight Boko Haram with books

    In Gwoza, the gunmen arrived just after 10 a.m., skidding to a halt outside the school on motorcycles and surrounding the Nigerian students who huddled in small groups around the courtyard, frittering away the short break between their classes. In Damasak, they came as a teacher was placing an exam paper facedown on the table in front of one of her students. In Bama, it was still too early for school when Boko Haram appeared.

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:05:00 -0400
  • Family separation: Evangelicals add their voices to opposition

    When Julie Frady planned to make a poster to protest the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy last week, she wanted to find the perfect Bible verse to stand against it, she says, one nobody else would expect. Since she joined about 60 protesters who marched in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Delano, Kan., Thursday, more and more people across the United States, and from across its often-polarized political spectrum, have begun to express deep moral reservations at the logistical realities of the practice.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:28:54 -0400
  • On election issues, US Supreme Court sticks to the shallows

    Elections – how they’re set up, how they’re carried out – have been an important theme in the current Supreme Court term. Justices considered cases on everything from appropriate voting booth attire to methods of drawing election district lines. The gerrymander issue, dealing with partisan manipulation in the drawing of districts, was notable in this regard.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:10:40 -0400
  • The high court’s hint on partisan gerrymandering

    In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the Supreme Court hinted at how it may someday decide on partisan gerrymandering, or the drawing of electoral districts by state legislators to keep one party in power. Individual voters, the justices concluded, must first show whether they were harmed by the boundaries of their particular voting district. For the courts, the effect of gerrymandering on political or social groups is not a matter of justice.

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:57:19 -0400
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