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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave the sermon at the Royal Wedding (no, not the other one that just happened. Harry and Meghan’s).

Violence and compromise tend to follow each other through United States history, starting with the violence of the Revolution and the compromise of democracy formed in its wake.

The cycle of violence and compromise reached a near-unsustainable speed in the decades before the Civil War.

In those years, members of Congress dueled and fought on the floor of the Senate. And the coverage of these incidents amplified the divisions. As Joanne B. Freeman writes in her new book The Field of Blood:

Twenty-three states have restricted the ability to vote since 2010. This includes efforts such as passing voter ID laws, purging names from voter rolls and restricting early voting times or locations.

And the right to vote as a U.S. citizen is not guaranteed by the Constitution.

The State We're In: Sexual Harassment Laws

Oct 30, 2018

MeToo has changed our culture. It is also changing our laws too.

Criminal cases and successful prosecutions can still be hard to come by. Some are forced to remain silent because of the risks they face going public, others might have signed non-disclosure agreements.

What laws have been passed at the state level to curb sexual harassment?

The Latest From Pittsburgh

Oct 30, 2018

We know the victims now. A pair of brothers. A husband and wife. A 97-year-old woman. They were among the 11 people killed in their house of worship Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Here are their names.

Joyce Fienberg, 75

Richard Gottfried, 65

Rose Mallinger, 97

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Cecil Rosenthal, 59

David Rosenthal, 54

Bernice Simon, 84

Sylvan Simon, 86

Daniel Stein, 71

Melvin Wax, 88

Multiple people in the United States have been targeted, shot or killed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation this week.

Eleven were killed in an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh Saturday.