Story of the Week: Brazil, Rest of World Place Blame for Amazon Fires

Fires have burned parts of Brazil's Amazon rainforest, setting up an international feud between Brazil and some the world's largest economic powers, and prompting a widespread social media buzz on climate change and big government. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro refused roughly $20...
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Story of the Week: Coverage of Portland Rally Differs in Detail

A rally hosted by far-right demonstrators was met by far-left counter protesters on Saturday in Portland, Oregon. The events are the latest in a series of public standoffs between political extremists in Portland, featuring violent episodes and attacks on free speech that have gained the...
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Story of the Week: Mass Shootings Prompt Debates on Guns, Underlying Causes

Two tragic mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso last weekend prompted a resurgence of debates on gun control, gun rights and underlying causes, both on Capitol Hill and throughout the country. Media coverage was largely split in the aftermath. Many left-leaning outlets focused on white...
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Story of the Week: As Tensions Escalate With Iran, Opinions Diverge on Intervention

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he called off a military strike against Iran, which was planned in response to reports that the country shot down an unmanned U.S. drone. The strike would have killed an estimated 150 people, a result Trump said was "not proportionate" to...
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Story of the Week: Mueller Speaks Out About Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference on Wednesday in which he urged Americans to read his report and said it was "not an option" to charge President Trump with a crime under Department of Justice regulations that bar the indictment of a sitting president. Both sides...
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Story of the Week: Attorney General Barr Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General William Barr testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, engaging in several tense exchanges with Democratic senators who accused him of obscuring special counsel Robert Mueller's findings and covering for President Trump. Some harshly criticized...
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Story of the Week: Mueller Report: Trump Implicated or Vindicated?

In a press conference today, Attorney General William Barr said that the Mueller report found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, adding that there was insufficient evidence to indict President Trump on obstruction of...
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Story of the Week: Julian Assange Arrested in London: Justice or a Violation of the Free Press?

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London yesterday and charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Media outlets, pundits, and politicians across the aisle are split: Some say that Assange must be punished for exposing classified information, while others say that...
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Story of the Week: Did the Media Blow It on the Mueller Report?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, but the report "does not exonerate" President Trump on obstruction of justice, according to Attorney General William Barr. Some criticized the mainstream media's original reporting on...
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Story of the Week: Shootings at New Zealand Mosques Leave 50 Dead

New Zealand experienced its deadliest attack last week after a gunman who had expressed racist and anti-immigrant views shot and killed 50 people at two different mosques. Some criticized President Trump in the wake of the attack and accused him of stoking white nationalism, while many...
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