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Almost immediately after a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the area erupted in violence. Protests and vigils degenerated into riots and looting that pitted predominantly white police in riot gear against the St. Louis suburb’s predominantly black residents. Here’s a look at major events since the shooting.

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patrickdehahn asked:

Eli Saslow, what are your thoughts on the current state of American politics in Washington?

A

I think Washington isn’t good at getting much done, because the middle ground — or even the space to find middle ground — has mostly disappeared. That’s partly the medias fault (MSNBC and Fox aren’t exactly working to cultivate middle ground, say), and it is partly just the way the country works now.

People spend time with people who believe and think mostly as they think, and we don’t spend a lot of time challenging our own assumptions.

So, one way that manifests in Washington is that Republicans and Democrats don’t spend much time talking to each other. While I was writing about food stamps, I learned that the top liberal expert on food stamps and the top Republican expert had both been working on the issue for four years and had NEVER MET. They were both worried more about interpretations of poverty within their own “base” and their own political party. And if they are not talking, they are obviously not finding much ground for compromise.

Stories from our urban sketch artist’s visit to a veteran’s homeless shelter.

A bunch of politically powerful women got on a bold purple bus and hit the road to rouse their sisterhood in advance of the midterm elections.

America has an unsexy, complicated relationship with birth control.

Jesse Watters coined the phrase while discussing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s critical response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case.

She needs the single ladies’ vote. I call them ‘the Beyoncé voters,’ the single ladies. Obama won single ladies by 76 percent last time and made up about a quarter of the electorate,” he said, referencing Clinton’s chances.

Close enough: single ladies, a.k.a. unmarried women, actually voted for Obama at a rate of 67 percent, not 76 . But they do make up about a quarter (23 percent) of the voting population.