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“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he does his “best every day” — live updates

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 11:23 AM EDT Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech in Philadelphia Friday morning that he does his “best every day” to be faithful to the laws of the U.S. and Constitution and to fulfill the goals that he and President Trump share, which includes defending Americans from “international crime.”  He said that his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is “really a good guy” and is the one who runs the Justice Department. The speech was focused on sanctuary cities. Sessions’ office said that…

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Dems’ new slogan mercilessly mocked, compared to Papa John’s ad

Democrats, after lengthy deliberations, reportedly have settled on a new slogan – and it’s not exactly getting rave reviews. The winner, according to Vox, is: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The slogan drew immediate taunts given its obvious similarity to the Papa John’s tagline, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” But considering the party has been scrambling to regroup with an effective message and strategy since its November thumping – all toward the goal of retaking at least one chamber of Congress next year – Obama-era…

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These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

To win support, Democrats were emphasizing that little would change for people who already had coverage; President Barack Obama famously promised that you could keep your plan and your doctor, even as a few million people’s noncompliant plans that did not offer all the law’s required benefits were canceled as the law was rolled out. “The best way to get something passed was to argue it was small change,” said Stanley Greenberg, a veteran Democratic pollster. “It was only when Republicans got control that people then on their own discovered…

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How stuffing your face for glory became big business

As if the proliferation of summer cookouts, barbecues and extended family dinners weren’t enough, the months of July and August are peak season for another kind of eating: the competitive kind. This summer, a crowd will gather on Long Island, New York, to see who can eat eight pounds of Mexican food the fastest. The menu consists of three tacos, three empanadas, two-and-a half pounds of nachos, a giant burrito and, not to deprive those with a sweet tooth, three churros. Roughly a thousand miles away, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,…

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New York Today: New York Today: Mysterious Mailboxes

Photo What are these? Credit Justin Gilliland/The New York Times Good morning on this sunny Friday. Have you ever walked, letter in hand, to what you thought was a post office mailbox, only to find it sealed shut? (We have.) Did you notice the mailbox was green not blue? There are about 10,000 dark green boxes across the five boroughs that are marked U.S. MAIL, but they’re not for mailing letters. We reached out to the United States Postal Service to learn why these green boxes exist and why they’re…

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2 teens from robotics team seen crossing into Canada, police say

McLEAN, Va. — As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn’t find his kids. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens — ages 16 to 18 — had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone. Maybe they got on the wrong bus? Officers swept through DAR Constitution Hall. They were gone. Police now say that two of the six were seen crossing into Canada, and they don’t suspect foul play…

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Turkey’s Arrest of German Activist Heightens Nations’ Tensions

German officials have sought to maintain a calm, patient tone, even while expressing concerns over Mr. Erdogan’s steady expansion of his powers and his firing of tens of thousands of people regarded as political opponents. Since the coup attempt, several hundred Turkish diplomats, soldiers and others have applied for political asylum in Germany. Last month, Germany said it would withdraw its forces from a military base in southern Turkey after Mr. Erdogan’s government refused to guarantee visits to forces there by German lawmakers, which lawmakers are required to do under…

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Fact Check: Trump Made Several Misleading Claims in Times Interview

Mr. Trump distorted China’s compliance with the Paris climate accord. Mr. Trump complained that China’s pledge to comply with the agreement does not kick in until 2030 and that “Russia goes back to 1994 as a standard — a much, much lower standard.” Though China says it expects emissions to peak by 2030, that does not mean the country is planning to ignore the pledge until then, nor can it meet its goal overnight in 2029. It is already on track to beat that target, and it also pledged to…

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