Charles H. Palmer

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Obama: Americans will reject Trump's 'wacky' ideas

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that Republican Donald Trump proves he isn't qualified to be president "every time he …

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Woman charged with murder after allegedly taking abortion pills in US

A woman has been charged with murder in the US after a hospital social worker told officers she took pills to terminate a pregnancy.<p>Kenlissia Jones is being held at the Dougherty County jail in Georgia on charges of malice murder and possession of a dangerous drug. She was arrested on Saturday …

It's Time for Pakistan to Face Its Terrorism Menace -- And Stop Blaming the Usual Easy Targets

The decision by Pakistani authorities to secretly acquit eight of the 10 alleged terrorists arrested a few months ago amid much fanfare for shooting Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai reflects the country's lackadaisical attitude in dealing with its terrorist menace.<p>Pakistan's military and civilian …

Guyana says Venezuela threatens 'peace and security' over oil and border row

Potentially valuable oil discovery in waters claimed by Guyana sets up conflict as Venezuela extends territorial claims further into Atlantic Ocean<p>A potentially rich oil discovery off the northern coast of South America has rekindled a border dispute between Guyana and its much larger neighbour …

Arizona Completely Abandons Its Community Colleges

Community colleges are the most democratic forms of higher education, and, you could argue, the most important. Don't tell that to the state of …

Why College Students Need a Class in Dating

As they polish their resumes and rack up extracurriculars, today's young people have forgotten how to love, some argue.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Usually when a group of middle-aged people gather to kvetch about twenty-somethings, it's about how they're always texting, or they spend too much time on the social …

Can Millennials Save Jazz?

Using the power of live performance to reach new audiences<p>ASPEN, Colo.—What if the future of American music is actually its past?<p>That's Jon Batiste's bet. The 27-year-old keyboardist and vocalist is steeped in the jazz and rhythm-and-blues traditions of New Orleans (he grew up in a musical family …

Why Putin Turned Against the U.S.

Former ambassador Michael McFaul on what really motivated Russia to invade Ukraine<p>ASPEN, Colo.—One major divide in international relations, as well as in other social sciences, is between those who believe in structure and those who believe in agency. Members of the first group say leaders are just …

How Church Sales Reflect the Shifting American Demographic

Say goodbye to your corner church and namaste to the mandir—sales of houses of worship are a window to America’s changing population.<p>In early June, I visited my hometown of Glendale Heights, about 25 miles west of Chicago. Making my way through the old avenues that had marked my childhood, I …

Blame It on the Patriarchy

With cases like Hobby Lobby, nuanced, complex issues get filtered through ideological rage and gloating—which is bad for both feminism and religious liberty.<p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a woman who's easy to cheer for.<p>The Supreme Court justice stands at five-feet, one-inch tall. She was the second woman …

Why Tattooing Is Universal

A National Geographic photographer explains why many cultures view the body as a blank canvas.<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Tattooing, when you think about it, is like smiling: Nearly every culture does it, but not always for the same reason.<p>In a given society, the motivation for covering oneself in paint, ink, or …