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Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/25/18, 12:33 pm

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first African-American heavyweight champion. In 1913, an all-white jury convicted Johnson of violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Johnson spent seven years as a fugitive after the verdict but eventually turned himself in and spent 10 months in prison.

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North Korean summit cancellation stuns world leaders

by Onize Ohikere & Leigh Jones
Posted 5/24/18, 12:04 pm

UPDATE: World leaders are scrambling to figure out what comes next after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. South Korea, the strongest U.S. ally in efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table, seemed stunned by the news. A South Korean presidential spokesman told the Yonhap News Agency that officials “are trying to figure out what President Trump’s intention is and the exact meaning of it.” U.S.

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Open letters

Politics | It’s difficult to thread the needle of public policy with private virtue
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/24/18, 01:00 am

Here’s one thing I know: Donald Trump’s presidency is one wild roller-coaster ride flashing with neon. By contrast, a Hillary Clinton presidency would have been stop-and-go traffic in a dingy shade of gray.

That’s the limit of my prescience, though. Three years ago I mocked the possibility of a Trump campaign in a column titled “Year-round silly season.” Not many expected he would run, few expected he’d be nominated, and almost no one expected him to win. Silly us!

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