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As of today, a ban on body-covering burkinis for Muslim women has been overturned in one beach town on the French Riviera. An incident last week produced a photograph that went viral. But today’s high-court decision follows a controversy that’s been raging all summer. Alissa Rubin, Paris Bureau Chief for the New York Times, explains.
The Clinton Foundation's raised more than $2 billion since 2001. Among other good works, it's widely praised for helping to prevent or control outbreaks of HIV. Potential conflicts of interest between Hillary Clinton and the Foundation were raised during her confirmation hearings as Secretary of State. Now, they're a major issue in her campaign for the White House. This week, the Associated Press reported, "More than half the people outside the government who met with Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money either personally or through companies or groups, to the Foundation." Donald Trump says that's evidence that contributions were the price of access. Do such contributions reveal a smoking gun? Could Clinton have avoided the scandal before it ever began?
Politico on Clinton campaign, Foundation
Cohen on Clinton's emails, lack of evidence of wrongdoing
Rubin on why Clinton's shadiness won't be fatal
Bunch asks what will Clinton have to do for it to be 'corruption?'
Cohen's 'American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division'
Bunch's 'The Bern Identity: A Search for Bernie Sanders and the New American Dream'
The National Parks have been called "America's best idea" but, on their hundredth anniversary, they're faced with troubling questions. Will Congress make up a $12 billion deficit for maintenance and repair? Are the parks serving just a fraction of a young and diverse population?
Photo by Samuel Kerr
The National Parks' official 100tth anniversary was yesterday, and the Park Service will be celebrating all through this coming weekend. Admission will be free to 400 sites on 85 million acres in the 50 states and territories. That includes 58 full-scale National Parks as well as monuments and other protected areas. But who are the visitors likely to be — now and in the future? And what will they find?
Frears on National Parks' centenary, need for federal funding and maintenance
Nelson on NPS' need to hire more racially diverse staff
Nelson on NPS mobile centers, attempt to address diversity struggle
GAO on NPS funding, need for enhancements
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