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Where ISIS is defeated, freedom of worship returns

In July 2017, ISIS was driven from Mosul, in Iraq. Now there, and in places where ISIS has been defeated, there is a renewal of religious freedom.
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Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
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Podcasting on the rise

As podcasting grows in popularity, it has become a means of letting individual voices outside traditional media find a large audience.
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Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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Tapping an undervalued resource: People with disabilities

Businesses thrive on innovation. More and more are leveraging an underused segment of the workforce: people with disabilities.
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America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
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3 cases that show what free speech means

These U.S. Supreme Court cases — about inciting crime, printing falsehoods and using obscenity — put Americans' belief in free speech to the test.
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Government transparency depends on freedom of information

Since the 1960s, the Freedom of Information Act has kept Americans in the know about what their government is doing.
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How freedom of information works

For 50 years, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has increased transparency by giving Americans the right to examine records from federal agencies.