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Donald Trump's campaign has spent an unusual amount of time this week answering questions about violent incidents.

The latest involves an allegation by reporter Michelle Fields of conservative site Breitbart that she was assaulted by someone who was ID'd by another reporter as Trump's campaign manager.

Here's what we know:

What Fields reported

If you don't hang out with lawmakers, economists and journalists in Washington, you probably think Democrats and Republicans disagree on economic policy.

They don't.

In Washington, there's actually a broad consensus about economic growth. These ideas have held sway for decades:

  • Globalization is inevitable
  • Technology boosts productivity
  • Immigration brings in fresh talent
  • Trade deals spur growth

Big news, Canada.

Justin Trudeau, the snowboarding feminist prime minister elected in October, has announced that Canada will issue a new bank note featuring an iconic Canadian woman. And it's going to roll out two years before America's design for a woman on the US $10 bill. 

Canada's bank notes currently feature prominent prime ministers, all of them male.

There are more than 20 towns in America called Moscow. Why is that?

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Photo courtesy of Erjan Aisabay.

When Jack Spaudling was growing up in Moscow, Tennessee, he always wondered how the town, a small, rural community of about 80 residents, got its name. It didn’t seem to have any obvious connection with Russia, but could any of the local tales he’d heard actually be true?

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In Pakistan, an accusation of blasphemy can be fatal. The official legal punishment for defiling the name of the Prophet Muḥammad, even indirectly, is “death and nothing else”.  

Even when a death sentence isn't officially carried out, defendants are sometimes murdered or lynched by people who believe they are protecting Islam. Family members frequently have to go into hiding. 

Recently, it has emerged that much of the pressure to promote and prosecute blasphemy cases has come from a surprising source: Pakistan’s legal profession.