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Oregon's new Secretary of State will be Jeanne Atkins, a long-time political staffer who's never held elected office. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Friday

Scott Pattee stands well over 6 feet, but he’s dwarfed by the tall white tube set up near the Stevens Pass Ski Area to measure snow depth.

Little black numbers marking inches of snow ascend the side of the tube. The top number reads 250 inches, an amount of snow that’s hard to imagine right now.

Most of the mountains around Pattee are green and brown, not white - even though it’s officially still winter until March 19 arrives.

And the snow depth, according to the tower?

The State Department says it will work as quickly as possible to review the emails former Secretary Hillary Clinton turned over in 2014, but combing through all 55,000 pages could take months.

The cold weather did not hamper hiring last month. Employers added nearly 300,000 jobs to payrolls, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent.

Despite another strong report, there is little evidence that all the hiring is putting upward pressures on wages.

And there are more than 6.5 million people working part time who would like to have more hours.

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When I heard the news that ISIS is bulldozing the ancient city of Nimrud, I cried.

I am clinging to the hope that this is just propaganda from the Iraqi government to further blacken the name of the ISIS. After all, there have been no pictures or videos of any destruction, nor any claim or comment by ISIS.

But ISIS has already destroyed a multitude of historical artifacts and archaeological sites as part of its campaign against what they call paganism and idolatry. So the odds are against all of us who hold dear the common heritage of mankind.

The ocean tides off the northwestern coast of France are running high this spring. And that's led a large number of international tourists to the famous island of Mont Saint-Michel to see the unusual spectacle of tides sweeping close around the island's famous abbey.

The 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing set out ambitious goals for nations to remove “all the obstacles to women's active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.”

There was supposed to be total gender quality by 2005. Not exactly.

Twenty years after the conference, how is the world doing? It’s time to revisit those goals and progress towards equal access to critical needs for women and girls. Over the next few days, we'll look at the first of these issues.

This winter, we could all use a little Holi

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I was about 10 years old the first time I went out with my friends to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. A group of boys came to my door, dyed blue and purple from head to toe, with bandanas on their heads, and water guns in their hands.

They were the same kids I hung out with and played cricket with every day. But on the morning of Holi, they seemed like a mob of hooligans out to make mischief. It scared me a little, but I also wanted to join them.

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And now, a review of this week in politics with our Friday political commentators, E J Dionne of The Washington Post. Hey, E J.

E J DIONNE, BYLINE: Good to be with you.

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Edward Snowden wants Switzerland to grant him asylum.

The NSA leaker made the remark as he spoke to an audience in Geneva via a video link from Moscow, where he has been living in exile to avoid U.S. prosecution on espionage charges.

"I would love to return to Switzerland, some of my favorite memories are from Geneva. It's a wonderful place," Snowden told the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, where the Oscar-winning documentary about his case, Citizenfour, was screened.

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On Sunday, it will 50 years since 600 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to push for their right to vote.

It was known as 'Bloody Sunday' — by the time marchers reached the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, they were met with water hoses, clubs and were savagely beaten. The march, however, was a catalyst for what eventually because the Voting Rights Act in the US.

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One year ago today, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean. The plane travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has still never been found, but the search — even for any bits of its wreckage — is still ongoing.

The search is focused on a swath of the Indian Ocean that's roughly twice the size of Maryland, but the Australians leading the effort have only covered about 40 percent of that area. And even that much is quite a feat according to journalist Clive Irving, who has been reporting on the mystery of Flight 370 for The Daily Beast. 

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The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in late March.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be front and center at those events.

She's the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women.

Here's a lightly edited transcript of a conversation between Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and The World's Marco Werman: