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Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It’s been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?<p>These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of …

Medicine

Democrats start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump

A pair of Democrats in Congress are drafting up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, saying that the president’s decision to fire former FBI …

In heated hearing, DeVos doesn't rule out federal funds for private schools that discriminate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say Wednesday whether she would deny federal funds to private schools that discriminate against admitting students based on sexuality, race or even special needs.<p>DeVos has made expanding school choice the centerpiece of the Trump administration's …

Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday.<p>The …

The Pope gives Trump something to remember, and a little homework

<b>(CNN) —</b> For world leaders, meeting the Pope might feel something like being sent to the principal's office. They've all earned a few demerits, after all, and popes are known to have almost impossibly high moral standards. Even Francis, who has made mercy and forgiveness his mantra, can scold with …

Donald Trump

Spicer's absence in papal visit reveals Trump's family-first rule

<b>Vatican City (CNN) —</b> The most visible moment for White House press secretary Sean Spicer on President Donald Trump's first foreign trip this week was a moment of invisibility.<p>Spicer fumed to colleagues after being excluded from the President's meeting with Pope Francis, an administration official …

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Rand Paul to tee up vote on blocking Trump's Saudi arms deal

Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is expected to offer legislation as soon as Wednesday that would block President Donald Trump's $110 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.<p>Paul's planned bill disapproving of the arms deal, confirmed by a Senate source familiar with the timeline, comes as Trump completes …

Trump’s Budget Scam

All presidents fudge the numbers. But this one represents a new level of deception.<p>I have a plan to dunk a basketball. First, I’ll grow a foot taller. Then, I’ll recapture the athleticism of my youth, so I can jump a lot higher. I didn’t say I had a serious plan—just a plan.<p>Today, the Trump …

Trump expected to retain private attorney

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is expected to hire attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him on matters related to the inquiry into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia, according to a senior administration official and a person close to Trump.<p>Kasowitz has represented Trump on a "wide range of …

Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives

WASHINGTON — At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.<p>The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on …

Bribe Cases, a Jared Kushner Partner and Potential Conflicts

It was the summer of 2012, and Jared Kushner was headed downtown.<p>His family’s real estate firm, the Kushner Companies, would spend about $190 million over the next few months on dozens of apartment buildings in tony Lower Manhattan neighborhoods including the East Village, the West Village and SoHo.<p>…

Corruption

Trump starts dismantling his shadow Cabinet

Tensions have been rising between Cabinet officials and White House advisers embedded at their agencies.<p>The White House is quietly starting to pull the plug on its shadow Cabinet of Trump loyalists who had been dispatched to federal agencies to serve as the president’s eyes and ears.<p>These White …

James Comey explains why he alerted Congress right before the election on Clinton's emails

<b>(CNN) —</b> FBI Director James Comey is testifying before Congress Wednesday, and received several sharp questions on his decision to alert Congress just days before the election that his agency was investigating emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop that were potentially related to a probe of Hillary …

Government

The 20 Republicans who voted against the Obamacare repeal bill

House Republicans on Thursday narrowly passed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, the biggest step yet in a years-long effort to gut former President Barack Obama's health care law.<p>The American Health Care Act cleared the chamber, 217-213, and now moves to the Senate, where its fate is …

White House to let McConnell do his thing on health care

The White House is indicating it will take a hands-off approach to the Senate's healthcare work, entrusting Mitch McConnell and his team to come up with the 50 votes needed to replace Obamacare, according to GOP officials and lawmakers.<p>Whereas President Donald Trump and his emissaries negotiated …

The Political Isolation of Jim Comey

Interviews with law enforcement officials portray a man steadily alienating friends and allies, leading up to the FBI director’s sudden firing on Tuesday.<p>Jim Comey learned Tuesday afternoon the difference between being independent and being out on a limb. After years of charting his own course in a …

Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Flynn

The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed any Russia-related documents from former national security adviser Michael Flynn for its continuing probe into the Kremlin's efforts to manipulate the 2016 election.<p>The legal order, announced by the panel's bipartisan leaders Sens. Richard Burr …

Acting FBI director contradicts Trump White House on Comey, Russia probe

By Matt Zapotosky<p>, Reporter<p>Karoun Demirjian<p>, Congressional reporter<p>Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe on Thursday rejected the Trump White House’s characterization of the Russian meddling probe as a low priority and delivered a passionate defense of former director James B. Comey — putting himself …

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Rosenstein role in Comey firing raises more questions than answers

The deputy attorney general at the center of former FBI director James B. Comey’s firing made a surprise appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday, arriving as Senate Democrats were demanding a reckoning over his role in the ouster but leaving more questions than answers in his wake.<p>Two weeks ago, Rod …

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Scientists turn spinach into a farm for human heart cells

In the future, you might not have to resort to exotic materials to create heart cells -- you could just raid your grocery store's produce section. Scientists have invented a process that turns spinach leaves into farms for functioning human heart cells. The team started by pumping a detergent …

Donald Trump's presidency could be finished by Russia investigations, former NSA analyst says

Donald Trump could be forced to leave office over the investigations into his administration’s links with Russia, a former national National Security …

US 'Dreamer' Daniela Vargas 'facing deportation' after speech

<b>A 22-year-old woman brought illegally to the US from Argentina at the age of seven has been arrested after speaking about her plight at a meeting.</b><p>Daniela Vargas was detained in Jackson, Mississippi, and could be deported without a hearing, her lawyer said.<p>She is among 750,000 people - known as …

Immigration

Sweden asks the US to explain Trump comment on Sweden

The U.S. President was speaking at at a political rally in Florida on Saturday when, in connection with the mention of a need to keep the United States safe, he said: "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden.<p>"Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. …

Donald Trump 'taking steps to abolish Environmental Protection Agency'

Myron Ebell, a key presidential aide, said climate education material could be ‘withdrawn’ and review of car fuel efficiency standards could be reopened<p>Donald Trump will work towards the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency – and any employees cleaving to the Obama era should be “very …

Trump Tells GOP To 'Go Nuclear' If Democrats Block Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump encouraged Senate Republicans to "go nuclear" if Democrats filibuster his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. But it's not clear either side is prepared to take things that far and upend Senate order.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>It was just last night that President Trump announced …

'Bad hombres': reports claim Trump spoke of sending troops to Mexico

Transcript of phone conversation is said to include president telling his Mexican counterpart that America’s military might weigh in against gangs<p>Donald Trump spoke of sending troops south of the border to take care of “bad hombres” while on the telephone with his Mexican counterpart, according to …

Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt'

Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows<p>The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the …

Debate over firing U.S. consumer watchdog director intensifies

(The Jan. 10 story corrects Sasse’s state to Nebraska in the seventh paragraph)<p>Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks in Washington, October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing<p>By Lisa Lambert<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The debate over whether President-elect Donald Trump should …

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Millions sign up for Obamacare as Trump and GOP lawmakers scramble for a way to roll it back

While Republicans struggle to find a way to roll back the Affordable Care Act without jeopardizing healthcare for tens of millions of people, Americans continue to sign up for Obamacare health plans.<p>As of Dec. 24, more than 11.5 million people had enrolled in a health plan through one of the …

Health Care