Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey appear during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 8, 2007.
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Throughout American history, being a black celebrity has been a political act in and of itself. When viewed through this lens, the transition into politics for someone like Winfrey is more natural.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Were U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Cuba stricken by a mass delusion?
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Sociologists know what conditions make it more likely a mass delusion will take hold and spread through a group – whether adherence to a fashion fad or belief in a doomsday cult.
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Federal courts have long declined to enshrine the right to education into federal law. A careful look at the history of the 14th Amendment shows why that may be the wrong approach.
A supporter of Cliven Bundy protests in Nevada.
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As with our politics today, geography and race matter in the US criminal justice system. Should they?
Who’s afraid of rising sea levels?
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Europeans are, on average, more likely than Americans to say they fear climate change. What explains the gap?
Schedule 2 narcotics: Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana.
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How can we fight the opioid epidemic? Redesign the drugs, rethink how we assess patients and mandate prescription monitoring.
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
A protestor in New York City reacts to the events in Charlottesville.
When Martin Luther King Jr. was met by violent opposition, he remained hopeful, believing that 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' While racism remains, there's reason for hope.
Race-neutral affirmative action can help identify first-generation students like Blanca Diaz and LaQuintah Garrett.
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Race-conscious admissions policies are still the best way to achieve diversity on campus. Yet, some race-neutral methods could help colleges improve diversity – and stand up to legal scrutiny.
Hiscox and students practice for the big day with a weather balloon.
Meteorology researchers across the country are prepping experiments for the mini-night the eclipse will bring on August 21 – two minutes and 36 seconds without the sun in the middle of the day.
About 13 percent of American households have low or very low food security.
Food assistance – like SNAP benefits – can have far-ranging impacts on a person's health and well-being.
A worker at an auto parts plant in Orion Township, Michigan, lifts coiled steel into place.
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The president has promised to put a stop to foreign companies 'dumping' steel on US markets. Former President Bush tried the same thing, and here's what happened.
Do you know what’s in your cigarettes?
Do US smokers really know the risks? Research from Australia, Canada and Mexico shows that there are better ways to warn consumers.
Joining a family can be awkward: Are you supposed to act like a father? Should you discipline the kids?
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Stepfathers often enter a family unit with certain expectations about what their role should be. They're usually wrong.
The Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate U.S. public schools sparked protests across the country. This one took place in Louisville, Kentucky, 1956.
A mostly white community in Alabama is being allowed to secede from its mostly black school district. Parents are claiming school quality is at stake, but is it really just segregation in disguise?
Man has his hair cut by his father in Goldsboro, Florida.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump participate in a round-table discussion during a visit to Saint Andrew Catholic School in Miami.
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The Trump administration's new education budget cuts money from traditional schools and funnels it toward school choice. Is it a nail in the coffin for public education?
2017’s winner for Best Picture casts new light on the issue of school discipline reform.
In the Oscar-winning film 'Moonlight,' as well as schools across the US, student misbehavior is being cast in a new light. How can school discipline address the root of the problem and save our kids?
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.