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The choices you make in the face of desperation, the morality of violent resistance to injustice, the ever-widening chasm of social inequality: Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables is unquestionably relevant today. Hugo himself said, "I do not know if it will be read by all, but I wrote it for everyone." But at around 1500 pages, the book's sheer size may intimidate some readers — even devoted fans refer to it as "the brick."

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Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies At 87

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Ahmed Kathrada spent decades in jail with Nelson Mandela, then spent the first years of democracy helping to shape the country's government after the fall of apartheid. Kathrada, 87, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

According to a statement posted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, he "passed away peacefully after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain."

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Republican Infighting Derails Vote On Health Care Bill

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The House of Representatives will not vote tonight on a bill that would make good on the party's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The White House and congressional leaders insist they will get this bill passed eventually, but Republican infighting threatens to derail it. Some conservatives say it doesn't go far enough to repeal Obamacare while other Republicans are increasingly skeptical...

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