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President Trump travels to two cities today that are trying to put themselves back together after mass shootings. But in order for the president to console those communities, he may have to change his image a bit. Here's NPR White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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When Toni Morrison received her Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, her remarks began with a reflection on the phrase once upon a time. In her signature, measured cadence, Morrison told the Swedish Academy she believed these were some of the first words we remember from our childhoods.

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So as we just heard, many experts say 8chan has become this big, powerful, dangerous site. And we want to dig a little deeper and hear a little more about how it has become a real go-to for white terrorist extremists.

Here's NPR's Aarti Shahani.

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Metallica Scares Off Cougar

Aug 2, 2019

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. Sorry to wake you up like this, but a Canadian woman turned to this Metallica song in a time of need. Dee Gallant was walking her dog and realized she was being stalked.

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In the city of Pittsburgh, over a thousand people waited in line - some overnight - for the opportunity to see a dentist at a free dental clinic. Millions of Americans lack access to dental care. Katie Blackley with member station WESA reports.

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Walking onto last night's debate stage in Detroit, Joe Biden made the kind of remark you might hear in a boxing movie. He was shaking hands with Senator Kamala Harris, the rough equivalent of touching boxing gloves, and Biden said this.

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U.S. Sanctions Iranian Foreign Minister

Aug 1, 2019

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