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Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election
Health
Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election

ATLANTA — On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, took care not to mention... Read More

Classes Without Textbooks? More Colleges Are Giving It a Try
Education
Classes Without Textbooks? More Colleges Are Giving It a Try

PHILADELPHIA — When Natalie Flynn surveyed students in her Temple University intro to physical geology classes, she found half weren’t buying the textbook she used. Many couldn’t afford it. “We were developing a very, very uneven playing field in the... Read More

Emily Clyburn, Activist and Wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn, Dies at 80
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Emily Clyburn, Activist and Wife of Rep. Jim Clyburn, Dies at 80

WASHINGTON — To those unversed in South Carolina politics and civic life, she was the wife of 58 years to Democrat Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress. To everyone else, she was known, with great reverence, as Ms.... Read More

Border Wall Said to Threaten 22 Archaeological Sites in Arizona
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Border Wall Said to Threaten 22 Archaeological Sites in Arizona

WASHINGTON — The construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could damage — or even destroy — up to 22 archaeological sites at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, according to a report from... Read More

Trump Names Robert C. O’Brien As New National Security Adviser
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Trump Names Robert C. O’Brien As New National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O’Brien, the special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, will be his next national security adviser. O’Brien will be the fourth person to serve in the position under Trump.... Read More

Biden Had a Stutter as a Child. How He Overcame It Helped Shape His Character and Speaking Style
2020 Elections
Biden Had a Stutter as a Child. How He Overcame It Helped Shape His Character and Speaking Style

WASHINGTON — One of Joe Biden’s proudest childhood accomplishments was a five-minute speech to his all-boys Catholic high school in Delaware. The assignment was routine — a public-speaking requirement for all students. But for Biden, it was a triumph in... Read More

Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care
Health
Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care

Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted... Read More

Troubled Times at Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home: ‘We Cannot Keep Bleeding Money’
Travel
Troubled Times at Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home: ‘We Cannot Keep Bleeding Money’

DIXON, Ill. — One morning back in 1988, a fancier car than usual rolled up to Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home in Dixon. It was Monday, and the home-turned-museum was closed, but a well-dressed man walked up and persuaded Kenny Wendland,... Read More

Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media
Mental Health
Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media

Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam... Read More

Cokie Roberts, Longtime Political Journalist, Dies at 75
Media
Cokie Roberts, Longtime Political Journalist, Dies at 75
2019-09-17 19:03:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Cokie Roberts, who grew up immersed in politics and spent several decades in Washington covering it, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. “Cokie’s career as a journalist at National Public Radio and ABC News... Read More

District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood
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District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton evoked the Founding Fathers to plead their case for district statehood while riding in a statehood parade to the Capitol on Monday. The two D.C. political leaders... Read More

Trump Rallies to Kavanaugh’s Defense After New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Surfaces
Supreme Court
Trump Rallies to Kavanaugh’s Defense After New Sexual Misconduct Allegation Surfaces

WASHINGTON — President Trump vigorously defended Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday following a new allegation of sexual misconduct during the Supreme Court justice’s college years, as some leading Democratic presidential contenders raised fresh suspicions that Kavanaugh was untruthful during last year’s... Read More

After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift
Texas
After Mass Shootings, Gun Advocates in Texas Worry About a Political Shift

HOUSTON — Four years ago, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged his constituents to arm up. “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA,” he tweeted. “Let’s pick up the pace Texans.” Last week, as Texas was... Read More

US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price
Syria
US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price

AMMAN, Jordan — Hamdi Tabaa, 83, a Jordanian business leader who once served as the nation’s trade minister, walked into a meeting called by U.S. Embassy officials in Amman. It was early March, and Tabaa and his colleagues at the... Read More

Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem
Mental Health
Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem

ATLANTA — One afternoon in August, six days after Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell, Christi Phillips received a troubling message. Her husband, Mike, who is serving time at a state prison in Valdosta, Ga., overheard... Read More

Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It
2020 Elections
Voter Access Matters in 2020, and These Lawmakers Know It

WASHINGTON — As 2020 approaches, it’s becoming clearer that the race for the presidency is going to come down to a few key states. In some of those states, Republican-led legislatures restricted voting access in ways that experts say would... Read More

Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
Foreign Affairs
Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
2019-09-13 19:43:11
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications on the administration’s handling of its most challenging foreign policy issues. Bolton, described as a conservative hawk due to his... Read More

Google Earth Uncovers Car In Pond — and Skeleton of Driver Missing for 22 Years
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Google Earth Uncovers Car In Pond — and Skeleton of Driver Missing for 22 Years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Barry Fay couldn’t believe what a neighbor was telling him: Google Earth showed a car rotting at the bottom of a pond behind his home. “Why? Where?” he said. “There’s no car behind my house.” Fay... Read More

Nearly Two Decades Later, America Vows to Never Forget 9/11
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Nearly Two Decades Later, America Vows to Never Forget 9/11
2019-09-11 14:55:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Across the nation and here in the nation's Capitol, Americans gathered for solemn ceremonies and remembrances Wednesday to honor those lost in the deadliest terror attacks on American soil. In New York, a crowd of victims' relatives assembled... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
Health
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Health Care Stabilization Bills
2019-09-10 21:10:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition on Tuesday endorsed a pair of bills intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act while expanding health care coverage and driving down insurance costs for more Americans. Both bills were put forward by the... Read More

Cannon House Office Building Renovations Could Be $100 Million Over Budget
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Cannon House Office Building Renovations Could Be $100 Million Over Budget
2019-09-10 18:03:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The cost of renovating of the Cannon House Office Building could rise to $100 million more than originally planned due to the discovery of hazardous materials in the historic building and plan changes over time, the inspector general... Read More

Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement
Florida
Florida’s Seniors Left Vulnerable to Hurricanes Because of Extensions to Generator Rules and Lack of Enforcement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida, thousands of elderly at nursing homes and adult living facilities were at risk in facilities without generators or back-up power. It was a situation that Florida regulators had tried to... Read More

She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political
North Korea
She Fled North Korea for a Better Life. How Her Lonely, Impoverished Death Became Political

SEOUL, South Korea — When they heard the news about Han Sung-ok, they gathered from all corners of the capital and other South Korean cities near and far. Most had never met the 42-year-old single mother, who long ago had... Read More

How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan
Pakistan
How Anti-Vaxxers Are Helping Polio Make a Comeback in Pakistan

BANNU, Pakistan — An anti-vaccination movement rooted in suspicions of modern medicine. Unsubstantiated rumors fueled by social media. Children infected with a disease that had been all but wiped out. Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it... Read More

Trump Says He Didn’t Know Air Force Crew Stayed at His Resort
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Trump Says He Didn’t Know Air Force Crew Stayed at His Resort

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he didn’t know about the overnight stay of a U.S. Air Force crew at his Scotland golf resort amid new scrutiny of government spending at properties owned by the president. “I know nothing about... Read More

White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal
Climate
White House Warns California to Scrap Clean Car Deal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent California a stern warning Friday that its agreement with four major automakers to reduce car pollution appears to violate federal law. The letter from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation is... Read More

Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides

WASHINGTON — Did the Taliban ever intend to come to Camp David this weekend, as President Trump claimed? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo insisted Sunday that the president had called off secretly planned talks at the presidential retreat in... Read More

Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl
Mexico
Death Made in Mexico: Traffickers Embrace Fentanyl

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Melissa and Daryl McKinsey first heard about “Mexican Oxy” last year when their 19-year-old son Parker called in tears. “I need to go to rehab,” he said. Several months earlier, a friend had given Parker a baby-blue... Read More

Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?
Health
Trump Promises ‘Phenomenal’ Health Plan. What Might That Mean?

While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” U.S. President... Read More

In Detroit, African Americans Opposed to Trump in 2020 Don’t Want ‘Same Ole, Same Ole’ From Democrats
2020 Elections
In Detroit, African Americans Opposed to Trump in 2020 Don’t Want ‘Same Ole, Same Ole’ From Democrats

DETROIT — Oriana Powell’s decision not to vote in the 2016 presidential election haunts her. In the 2 1/2 years since Donald Trump won her traditionally Democratic home state of Michigan by fewer than 12,000 votes, she says she’s been... Read More

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