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Perspective: What personal hardship did to my faith

A week before my daughter was born, my husband lost his job. It was unexpected. I don't remember much about what happened then, other than that at some point I pulled so hard on the medal I was wearing — a miraculous medal, imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary — that the clasp broke. When I gave birth a few d …

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  1. PolitiFact: Where Trump fell short in 100 days

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    If there's one arena where President Donald Trump's agenda has had a rough encounter with reality, it's Capitol Hill.

    President Donald Trump signs the Education Federalism Executive Order, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on April 26. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
  2. PolitiFact: What Trump has done in his first 100 days in office

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    President Donald Trump points to declines in illegal immigration, a new Supreme Court justice on the bench and rollbacks of policies set by his predecessor as examples of success within 100 days of his administration.

    President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Judge Neil Gorsuch on April 10 during a re-enactment in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Gorsuch's wife Marie Louise Gorsuch hold a bible. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  3. A Little Perspective: The Senate as unrepresentative body, an octopus as dinner prepared by dolphins and more

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    A minority future for the Senate

    Theoretically, a bill or nomination could pass out of the U.S. Senate with the support of senators representing only 16.2 percent of the population. If the two senators from the 25 smallest states agreed to support a bill — and Vice President Mike Pence concurred …

    An octopus being shaken and tossed by a bottlenose dolphin near Bunbury, Australia, over a five-minute period.
  4. PolitiFact's guide to fake news websites and what they peddle

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    At first look, BostonTribune.com certainly seems a trustworthy source. So does KMT11.com. And ABCNews.com.co. Even 24wpn.com has an official ring to it.

    A fake news story that says former First Lady Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Robinson was charged with fraud and grand larceny has appeared on several websites, including this example from FlashNewsCorner.com.
  5. Column: The real reason black kids benefit from black teachers

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    For black students, having even one black teacher can make a huge difference. That's the result of a new study concluding that black boys who had a black teacher during their elementary school years were less likely to drop out of high school. It also linked the presence of black teachers to kids' expectations of …

    Illustration by K. L. Ricks for The New York Times
  6. Perspective: How we nearly stumbled into to nuclear war in 1983 and the Reagan-era lessons that Trump should heed

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    One of the Cold War's great mysteries is how the world survived the second week of November 1983, when the Soviets mistook a NATO war game for the prelude to an actual nuclear attack.

    A demonstrator wears a mask of President Ronald Reagan at a mass rally of the West German peace movement in Bonn, West Germany, on Oct. 22, 1983, to protest NATO plans to deploy new nuclear missiles in Western Europe.
  7. PolitiFact: Fact-checking claims about court filibusters

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    Republicans changed Senate rules to break a Democratic filibuster and confirm Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and blamed Democrats for necessitating the change along the way.

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 10 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
  8. Review: Black man in a green world

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    The environmental writer Cynthia Barnett and I recently joined a busload of fifth-graders on a field trip to Gilchrist Blue Springs Park, north of Gainesville, as part of a project to introduce children to the state's precious water sources. The kids plunged into the chilly blue with underwater cameras and hiked the …

  9. Column: To be a genius, think like a 94-year-old

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    In 1946, a 23-year-old Army veteran named John Goodenough headed to the University of Chicago with a dream of studying physics. When he arrived, a professor warned him that he was already too old to succeed in the field.

    Illustration by Roman Muradov for the New York Times
  10. Meet Florida's legal drug cartels

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    While Florida voters have overwhelmingly voted to make medical marijuana legal, it's up to the Legislature to translate how it will work. There's a lot at stake. It may seem like a basic humanitarian issue for patients who want simple and affordable access to medical marijuana. But it's not. Why? For one, …

    CHT Medical opened for business in January after receiving a state license in 2016. This month it agreed to sell most or all of its assets to a company tied to Aphria, a large publicly traded Canadian medical marijuana venture.
  11. Fight over building Lake Okeechobee reservoir shows how delay in Everglades restoration has hurt Florida

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    The Everglades goes by several names. The Seminoles called it Pa-hay-Okee, meaning "grassy waters." Marjorie Stoneman Douglas dubbed it "the River of Grass."

    In this July 2016 photo, views of Lake Okeechobee stretch out into the distance at Harney Pond Canal Recreation Area and Margaret Van De Velde Park in Lakeport. A massive algae outbreak that had caked parts of the St. Lucie River with guacamole-thick sludge was just the latest in an annual parade of such man-made afflictions. The plan to clean up the Everglades would ease this problem.
  12. George W. Bush and the art of redemption

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    If you haven't seen the recent paintings by the artist formerly known as President George W. Bush, you can find them collected in a new book called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors. It's just become a New York Times bestseller. The proceeds from sales will go to a …

    A detail of a portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was part of an exhibit called “The Art of Leadership: A President’s  Diplomacy,” which was on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. The exhibit featured portraits of world leaders painted by the former president.
  13. PolitiFact: Standing up for facts, every day of the year

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    With all the phony headlines and hoaxes floating around the Internet, it can feel like April Fool's any day of the year.

    In the era of fake news, consumers must distinguish between facts and falsehoods. (Marta Sevilla for The Washington Post)
  14. Who iced the Iceman?Clues emerge in a very cold case.

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    The 5,000-year-old murder of Otzi the Iceman, the world's oldest cold case, is giving up many of its secrets to modern forensic science. Otzi is the world's most perfectly preserved mummy, a Copper Age fellow who had been frozen inside a glacier along the northern Italian border with Austria until warming global …

    A reconstruction of the Iceman in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
  15. A Little Perspective: Sad nations, climate change and five interesting facts

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    Most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agrees it is harming people in the United States. But most don't believe it will harm them. Part of this is the problem of risk perception.

  16. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's Time magazine interview on truths and falsehoods

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    Confronted by Time magazine about his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he makes so many unsubstantiated claims.

  17. Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

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    The United States is home to some of the world's best medical schools, doctors, research institutes and hospitals, and if you have the money for the coverage and procedures you want, you absolutely can get top-notch care. This approach might result in extreme inequalities and it might be expensive, but it definitely …

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  18. Perspective: What college teaches young conservatives

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    In the best-case scenarios, several Republicans now working in Washington told me that being a conservative in overwhelmingly liberal places sharpened their critical thinking skills, moderated some of their views and tempered their youthful arrogance. But life on the defensive can also foster a kind of ideological …

    Illustration by Jon Han for the New York Times
  19. Column: White artist's painting of Emmett Till draws protests

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    NEW YORK — The open-coffin photographs of the mutilated body of Emmett Till, the teenager who was lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955, served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and have remained an open wound in American society since they were first published in Jet magazine and the …

    Dana Schutz’s Open Casket is a 2016 painting based on the open-coffin photographs of Emmett Till’s mutilated body.
  20. Column: Trump vs. fiction

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    Welcome to the post-truth world!

    As a novelist — someone who makes money writing fiction — let me be the first to greet all of you refugees from the Land of Facts. During his campaign, President Donald Trump spewed out more whoppers than a Burger King during the lunch rush. How can a person completely …