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    Portland was at peace when he arrived hours earlier. He carried a frozen slushy in one hand; in the other, his iPhone on a selfie stick, streaming the scene on Facebook. “Feels pretty calm so far. Lots of different peacekeepers, medics,” he told his followers.

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    After police stormed Chapman Square, Cameron Whitten stands with anti-fascist protestors.
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    The GOP activists gathered in Wilmington shrugged off the uncertain district boundaries and projected energy on the president’s side. Linda Petrou says that during the campaign when she’d go to the grocery store in Winston-Salem in her Trump T-shirt, she’d see subtle thumbs-up from people who didn’t want to support the mogul openly.

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    Starting with Barack Obama’s razor-thin win in 2008, North Carolina has been one of the nation’s most fiercely contested battlegrounds and home to boiling-hot party bases.
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    Desperate, she needed to find a job soon or declare bankruptcy. “I talked to bankruptcy lawyers in Pennsylvania — nobody would look at it,” Doe recently told OZY, and the Pennsylvania native still “couldn’t get a job for the life of me.” Hearing that Colorado needed teachers, she and her fiancé headed West. Within two weeks she had the job; within six months, the bankruptcy.

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    States are realizing that playing the loan game can make them more competitive.