Israel made a decision last week that supporters are calling game-changing. Men and women will be allowed to worship together at the holiest place where Jews can legally pray. This could lead to other changes in Israel.
Batya Kallus, who helped negotiate the deal that led to the government decision, is jubilant.
"This is groundbreaking," she says. "We've reconceived what the Western Wall includes."
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When you think of Iowa, you probably think — lots of white people. And, that's true, but the state is also home to a growing number of Latinos.
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And, this year, for the first time, Latinos in Iowa are trying to systematically organize themselves to caucus.
It's easy to get cynical about the presidential campaign, especially so close to the first round of voting, when many candidates are on the attack.
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