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It’s the economy—please?

Politics | Republicans want the midterm elections to be about growth and tax cuts, not Trump’s tweets
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/02/18, 04:49 pm

In a preview of Republican strategy for the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump boasted to the world last week of America’s booming economy. The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a rate of 4.1 percent over the second quarter, the fastest in more than four years.

“If economic growth continues at this pace, the United States economy will double in size more than 10 years faster than it would have under either President Bush or President Obama,” Trump said.

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A freedom song sung softly

Politics | The United States fights religious persecution in the general sense
by Anne K. Walters
Posted 7/26/18, 04:11 pm

WASHINGTON—At a gathering with representatives from more than 80 nations this week in the nation’s capital, the U.S. State Department pushed other countries to advance religious freedom. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo still has not answered questions about whether the issue came up during closed-door talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in Helsinki.

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Onize Ohikere

Nurses on the fly

Healthcare | Some rural women in Nigeria get training to aid mothers in labor
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/19/18, 03:04 pm

Florence Pwana saw a disturbing but unsurprising sight when she walked into an empty makeshift tent at the Shuwai 2 camp for internally displaced people. The camp rests along the outskirts of Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria’s Borno state. Hours earlier, a resident at the camp helped to deliver a baby in the tent, and some of the camp’s residents showed Pwana the exact location where the woman lay on the floor, traces of blood still visible.

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