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Black women are considered the backbone of the Democratic Party, despite what advocates call a resurgence in voter suppression tactics. How they became a formidable force in U.S. elections.

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In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt by just about every segment of American society, but for those already facing difficult circumstances, the pain can be even sharper. 

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Time is winding down for Chicago high-rises to comply with the Life Safety Evaluation Ordinance. We get the latest from the Department of Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis.

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The alleged shooters of Hadiya Pendleton failed to press charges from an earlier shooting, preferring retaliation instead, according to police. We speak with CureViolence's Ameena Matthews and executive director of the mayor's Office of Public Engagement Felicia Davis on gang culture. 

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Chicago's homicide rate is up nearly 50 percent from last year at this time. What can be done to deter the escalating violence? Elizabeth Brackett and her guests discuss the issue.

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The G-8/NATO host committee is on the defensive as it lays out plans for the May events. Carol Marin and her panel have more.

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