Mali’s president was elected after a coup. Another coup just removed him from power.

Mali’s once-popular President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigned Tuesday night, just hours after being forcibly arrested at gunpoint by members of his military.

“If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said in a statement on state television. “I hold no hatred towards anyone, my love of my country does not allow me to,” he added. “May God save us.”

The dramatic incident capped a turbulent decade for the West African country — one marked by terrorism, corruption, and possibly stolen elections that sent thousands onto …

Democrats have made a puzzling decision to drop their demand to end fossil fuel subsidies

The Democratic National Committee has removed a provision in its party platform that called for an end to subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry.

First reported by HuffPost on Tuesday, the revelation comes amid the party’s convention this week, where fighting climate change has been a recurring theme and where there has been a particular emphasis on switching to cleaner alternatives and away from dirty energy sources like coal and oil that emit greenhouse gases.

It’s also an odd move during a campaign in which nearly every Democratic presidential candidate put out a robust plan to deal

This might be your most important flu shot ever

This fall and winter, health experts expect two types of deadly viruses to be circulating widely in the US. But they don’t yet know what the extent of the damage will be when the two collide.

In the absence of a coherent federal response, the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, with several states still battling active outbreaks. Experts estimate it could continue to hospitalize thousands and kill hundreds of people a day into September — likely with more spikes in the coming months.

We’re also now staring down the annual flu season, which typically starts in …

Read: Jill Biden’s moving DNC speech on Covid-19 and American families

“This quiet is heavy.”

So said Jill Biden during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, standing in front of the empty Delaware high school classroom where she once taught English, and which has remained unused since March due to the threat of Covid-19.

It was a powerful line in a moving speech in which Biden mourned the devastating loss of life and livelihood amid the Covid-19 crisis while also offering hope for the future.

The remote convention format had given many speakers that evening the opportunity to speak to Americans from meaningful locations in their home states, like …

Why Alaska’s Senate and House races look competitive in 2020

For evidence that Democrats have expanded their map of competitive US Senate and House races, look no further than Alaska.

Alaska voted for President Donald Trump by close to 15 percentage points in 2016, but it is nothing if not fiercely independent — featuring the highest number of independent voters of any state. National Democrats would like to capitalize on that, hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Dan Sullivan with Dr. Al Gross, an independent candidate running for the Democratic nomination.

Another independent candidate, educator Alyse Galvin, is making her second attempt to take the seat currently held by Alaska’s …