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October 5, 2017

President Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday, meeting with first responders, victims, and victims' families after the mass shooting Sunday night that killed 58 people and injured more than 500. Gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, holed up on the 32nd floor on the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino with more than 20 weapons, broke two of his suite's windows, and shot through them onto a crowd of thousands of concertgoers below him in the rampage, for which authorities are still searching for a motive.

On Wednesday evening, after completing his visit, Trump departed the city in Air Force One — flying right past the scene of the terror:

(REUTERS/Mike Blake)

"America is truly a nation in mourning," Trump said during his visit, but "we cannot be defined by the evil that threatens us." Kimberly Alters

September 26, 2017

Sports Illustrated revealed the powerful cover of its Oct. 2 issue on Tuesday, a direct response to President Trump's ongoing condemnation of NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. "A nation divided, sports united," the cover reads, with images of the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr, and Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell, among many others, linking arms:

"The thing that kind of frustrated me and pissed me off a little bit is that [Trump] used the sports platform to try to divide us," James said in an impassioned speech Monday. "It is so amazing what sports can do for everyone, no matter what shape or size or race or ethnicity or religion or whatever … It just brings people together like none other." Read Sports Illustrated's cover story here. Jeva Lange

December 14, 2016

Donald Trump isn't the only one warming up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The results of a YouGov/Economist poll released Wednesday reveal a sharp spike in Republicans' opinion of the controversial leader, beginning right about when Trump received the Republican nomination in July 2016:

The graph also reveals that Republicans have traditionally held a more negative opinion of Putin than Democrats; liberals saw their opinion of Putin drop after Trump's nomination and continue to fall as details about Russian interference in the election emerged throughout the rest of the campaign season.

The poll also shows that Republicans have recently changed their minds about Russia being a friend to the U.S., too:

The survey reached 1,465 American adults between Dec. 10-13 and has a margin of error of 3 percent. Full results can be found here. Jeva Lange

October 20, 2016

Donald Trump has made Hillary Clinton's "stamina" and "strength" a major topic in the waning days of the 2016 presidential campaign. But with most polls and many pundits agreeing the final presidential debate finished Trump, The New Yorker illustrated the knockout — literally — in a Muhammad Ali-inspired cartoon Thursday morning:

That one's gotta hurt. Jeva Lange

September 29, 2016

The front page of Thursday's San Diego Union-Tribune is a powerful testament to the United States we live in now:

(San Diego Union-Tribune/Kiosko.net)

The front page photograph, taken by the Union Tribune's Hayne Palmour IV, captures protester Ebonay Lee as she "holds up her fist toward a line of Sheriff's deputies as she and other people protesting Tuesday's police shooting of a black man confront the deputies under the Highway 67 bridge on Broadway in El Cajon on Wednesday." Alfred Olango, an unarmed, mentally ill black man, was fatally shot by police in El Cajon on Tuesday afternoon, sparking two nights of protests. Olango's death comes on the heels of the police shootings of two other black men in separate incidents in Oklahoma and North Carolina this month.

You can read the Union Tribune's reporting here, and browse a gallery of the protests here. Jeva Lange

July 13, 2016

Over 33,000 people are fatally shot in the United States every year, but other than being recognizably big, that number doesn't exactly mean much. Thanks to a complex new graphic by FiveThirtyEight, though, gun deaths are now a lot easier for someone to contextualize — and hopefully eliminate, as a result.

The graphic crunches numbers from several different sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the FBI, the Global Terrorism Database, the University of Minnesota's IPUMS project, and reporting by Mother Jones. It allows users to sort and map fatalities based on factors like cause, gender, age, and race. Some of the results are pretty sobering:

FiveThirtyEight walks you through the data before it sets you loose to explore. You can begin the journey here. Jeva Lange

June 5, 2016

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins Sunday evening, with millions of Muslims around the world set to abstain from food, drink, smoking, and sex from sunrise to sunset until July 5. Here is a look at how people around the world are getting ready. Jeva Lange

Syria:

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Afghanistan:

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April 6, 2016

Berniementum? The Bernaissance? Berning streak? You might want to start looking for a good portmanteau in order to express Bernie Sanders' nearly complete domination of the last seven states in the primaries:

Vox has called Sanders' chance of winning the nomination "incredibly implausible," but no one is denying that people are nevertheless very much feeling the Bern. Jeva Lange

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