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Why Obama’s Meeting With the Dalai Lama Was So Controversial

Normally, a meeting between a sitting American president and a widely-respected Nobel Peace Laureate would be cause for celebration. But last week’s meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, resulted in angry recriminations from China. Here’s why the meeting was so controversial.

NAACP: The Black Vote Is Still Threatened

Van Jones predicted that black voter turnout could well determine the next president. And according to the NAACP, that weighty percentage is being diminished by discriminatory policies at the state level. What impact will it have on the November election?

Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons

Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. Over a quarter of these bombs failed to detonate and remain underground, limiting the country’s ability to grow food, build roads and expand its economy. As international funding sputters out, innovative solutions — from both social enterprises and NGOs — are emerging to address this dark legacy.

Kalamazoo Bike Tragedy Spotlights Safety Concerns

On June 7, a truck plowed into a group of nine cyclists as they rode out of downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing five and injuring four in possibly the worst bike-car collision in U.S. history. This tragedy highlights many Americans’ concerns about safety while riding.

The Economics of Gun Control

Liability insurance, which exists for gun owners but is not mandatory, could help address this epidemic of violence. Should the market, instead of politics, be used to address gun violence?

Trump Bans Washington Post from Campaign Events

“We are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post,” Trump announced on Monday via Facebook. This latest attack on the free press is a dubious sign of how Trump will run the country should he become its 45th president.