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1:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

What's A Caliphate?

An Iraqi Turkmen fighter looks at an icon of seventh century Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, Islam's fourth caliph and cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad, in Taza Khormato, Iraq, earlier this month.
Karim Sahib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 11:32 am

The Islamic caliphates had a long and glorious run, but in the 21st century, they seemed consigned to history. Simply put, a caliphate is an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader, and it has existed in one form or another for most of the 1,400-year history of Islam.

The collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago marked the end of the last caliphate, an extraordinarily powerful one that had survived for more than four centuries.

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The Two-Way
12:36 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Details Of GM Recall Compensation Plan Released

GM has released details about its compensation fund for victims of a fatal safety flaw in its ignition switches. The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of several GM models that were recalled over the flaw.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:38 pm

A fund established by GM to pay claims related to defective ignition switches won't limit claim amounts and will include people who have already settled a case with the carmaker. Those and other details about the long-awaited compensation plan were announced by plan administrator Kenneth Feinberg on Monday.

"GM basically has said, whatever it costs to pay all eligible claims under the protocol, they will pay it," Feinberg said.

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The Salt
12:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:57 pm

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, families across the nation will be firing up their gas and charcoal grills in pursuit of grilled meat bliss.

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The Protojournalist
11:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

America's Search For Meming

KnowYourMeme.com and Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 2:58 pm

One reason Internet memes — the quirky photos with societal observations that are passed along like genes or around like germs — work so well, is that they tap into something of the moment, a fleeting notion that captures the here and now.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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