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Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week

A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from an interview with California State Senator Kevin De León to a report on the latest dire global climate summary.
Kevin de León often frames himself as a leader of the resistance movement against President Donald Trump.

Kevin de León often frames himself as a leader of the resistance movement against President Donald Trump.

A rundown of five of our most important and timely stories from the past week.

  1. California State Senator Kevin De León has been at the forefront of some of the state's most ambitious climate legislation. Now he's taking on an even more ambitious goal: unseating incumbent United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. Editorial fellow Jack Herrera spoke with De León at his campaign headquarters. Read Herrera's interview here.
  2. Home libraries have long been linked to childhood academic achievement. But what's less known is whether these staples of a well-read youth have a long-lasting impact on our cognitive abilities. Senior staff writer Tom Jacobs looks at new research indicating that a book-filled home can have benefits seen long into adulthood. Read Jacobs' piece here.
  3. The Tribal Canoe Journey is one of the largest Native American gatherings in the U.S. It bonds indigenous communities through a testing voyage over the Salish Sea. Julian Brave NoiseCat took part in this year's event, which became more than just a boat voyage; it was also a chance to connect with family. Read NoiseCat's story here.
  4. Last Saturday, after one of the more contentious Supreme Court confirmation sagas in recent memory, Brett Kavanaugh was officially sworn in to fill the seat left vacant after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Staff writer Kate Wheeling writes about how the Senate's narrow decision to confirm Kavanaugh is a significant blow to the #MeToo movement. Read Wheeling's story here.
  5. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a dire report this week about the state of global climate action. There appears to be little chance that the world will meet the temperature goals set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, and the impacts will be devastating. But, as Sophie Yeo reports, there is widespread skepticism that global leaders will do anything about it. Read Yeo's story here.

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