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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, attends a rally with Angel Families on the East Front of the Capitol, to highlight crimes committed by illegal immigrants in the U.S., on September 7, 2018. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. hide caption

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Why Some Journalists Have A Hard Time Saying The Word 'Racist'

In the fallout of Rep. Steve King's remarks to The New York Times, journalists have been struggling over whether or not to use the word "racist" to characterize his quote.

Why Some Journalists Have A Hard Time Saying The Word 'Racist'

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Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla. (from left); Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill.; Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif.; Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., and other freshmen members of the House of Representatives speak about the government shutdown in front of the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Shutdown Pressures Freshmen Democrats To Deliver On Promise To Break Gridlock

Many newly elected Democrats vowed to work with Republicans and avoid partisan posturing. But they are sticking behind House Speaker Pelosi's position not to give in on the demand for wall money.

Shutdown Pressures Freshman Democrats To Deliver On Promise To Break Gridlock

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Defense Department Releases Names Of 3 U.S. Casualties In Syria Attack

The Americans died in a suicide bombing near a restaurant in Manbij, in northern Syria. Analysts say the attacker may have targeted a spot that had become a favorite for U.S. troops.

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R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, Billboard Reports

Amid increasing protests following the broadcast of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, RCA Records has reportedly dropped the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse.

R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, 'Billboard' Reports

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"They're still love songs. They're still melodically driven," Sharon Van Etten says. "I just feel like I sing with a different kind of force." Ryan Pfluger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'A Different Kind Of Force': Sharon Van Etten Takes Her Sound In New Directions

After taking a break, Van Etten tweaks her sound and loves the many versions of herself on her latest album, Remind Me Tomorrow.

'A Different Kind Of Force': Sharon Van Etten Takes Her Sound In New Directions

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For 15 years, Bob Carr welcomed visitors to his crystal cave and a swap meet he ran in California's Yucca Valley. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Joshua Tree Artist Built A Crystal Cave Of Wonder With Chicken Wire, Spray Foam

Bob Carr's man-made world of miniature trees, waterfalls and geological formations delighted children and adults alike — and expressed his "uncontainable joy." Carr died earlier this month.

Joshua Tree Artist Built A Crystal Cave Of Wonder With Chicken Wire, Spray Foam

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With A New Book, Louie Perez Of Los Lobos Is Master Storyteller

Good Morning, Aztlan collects several well-known Perez compositions as well as his thoughts on a variety of topics.

With A New Book, Louie Peréz Of Los Lobos Is Master Storyteller

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American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi sits in a studio in Tehran where she works for Iran's state television. She was arrested Sunday during a visit to the U.S., her family says. She is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in an unspecified case, a U.S. judge said Friday. Press TV/AP hide caption

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After Days Of Silence, Court Says Detained Iranian-American Is Testifying

Marizeh Hashemi, a TV anchor in Iran, was arrested Sunday in the U.S. and is testifying before a grand jury in Washington. This is the first time U.S. authorities have commented on her case.

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Mumford And Sons On World Cafe

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The members of Mumford And Sons went through a lot of personal changes that fed into writing the band's fourth album, Delta.

Mumford And Sons On World Cafe

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Justin Dearborn, Tribune Publishing's chairman and CEO, and Ross Levinsohn, CEO of the company's interactive division, are leaving after a series of controversies and a failure to sell the company. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tribune Publishing CEOs Are Out After A Series Of Controversies

Justin Dearborn, Tribune Publishing's chairman and CEO, and Ross Levinsohn, CEO of the company's interactive division, are leaving after a series of controversies and a failure to sell the company.

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New Music: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now

It's a brand-new season of New Music Friday and our 2019 debut includes the sparkling, smart pop of Maggie Rogers, swooning love songs from James Blake, new Pedro The Lion, Deerhunter and more.

New Music Friday For Jan. 18: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now

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