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Obama: I handled the Russian hacks properly. It’s the media that didn’t.

When President Obama was asked at his year-end press conference Friday about a “perception” that he was “letting President Putin get away with interfering with the US election,” he responded with a condemnation of the media’s coverage of Democrats’ leaked emails.<p>Obama argued that once his …

John Podesta

New map of death in America finds big differences across the country

Live in West Virginia or Kentucky? You’re more likely than most Americans to die of heart disease, cancer or a drug overdose.<p>Residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi are most likely to succumb to diabetes, while people in the Rocky Mountain states of Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado have lower …

North Dakota

U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with "a high level of confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.<p>Two senior officials with direct …

Russia

New Killer Fungus Found in U.S. Patients

A newly identified fungus that can kill very sick patients has been found in U.S. hospitals and has probably been here for a few years, federal health officials reported Friday.<p>It’s infected at least 13 people, including four who died.<p>The yeast is called Candida auris and was first identified in …

Microbiology

'Whining' Donald Trump got a taste of his own sexist medicine

When it comes to the Dictionary of Derogatory Adjectives for Women, ‘whining’ is on par with ‘bitchy’ and ‘bossy’.<p>But, ever committed to challenging perceptions, Barack Obama wheeled the diss out against Donald Trump this week, advising that he stop “whining” and “trying to discredit the elections …

Middle East

What worked for Trump in the primaries failed him against Clinton

Donald Trump was trying very hard to be on his best behavior.<p>In the opening minutes of the first presidential debate Monday night, the Republican nominee began an answer by saying, “In all fairness to Secretary Clinton” — then turned to his opponent with exaggerated cordiality. “Yes? Is that okay? …

Donald Trump

On debate day, Wall Street wakes up to possibility of a Trump win

For more than a year, Wall Street pros had been treating Donald Trump's candidacy as a sideshow not to be taken seriously.<p>Now, on the eve of Monday …

Health Care

A cynic’s guide to the first Trump–Clinton presidential debate

You won’t be able to avoid the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, whether you watch it or not.<p>The …

First presidential debate: Trump says Clinton lacks ‘stamina,’ Clinton cites his attacks on women as ‘pigs, slobs and dogs’

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in unusually personal terms during a taboo-breaking first general-election presidential debate on Monday evening, with Clinton accusing Trump of pushing “racist lies” about President Obama’s birthplace, and Trump accusing Clinton of lacking the “stamina” to …

Donald Trump

For Trump-Clinton 2016 Debate, the Biggest Rules Are Secret

When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off for their first debate on Monday, a strict set of rules are designed to govern the event. Besides the candidates themselves, however, virtually no one actually knows what the rules say.<p>It's a curious tradition in general election debates: The …

Government

Ted Cruz had the Worst Week in Washington

Sen. Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a "serial philander." He called him a "pathological liar." He warned the real estate mogul to leave his wife "the hell alone." And then, on Friday, Cruz endorsed Trump's presidential candidacy.<p>Er, what?<p>Yes, the Texas senator announced Friday on Facebook that he had …

Republicans

Syria conflict: US accuses Russia of 'barbarism' in Aleppo

<b>The US ambassador to the UN has accused Russia of "barbarism" over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo.</b><p>At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said Russia had told the council outright lies about its conduct in Syria.<p>She said Russia and the Syrian regime were "laying …

Middle East

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Two years after Ferguson, where is the police reform?

Things would change, city officials in Charlotte vowed three years ago, after a white police officer shot and killed a black man seeking help after he was injured in a car accident. There would be new training and community outreach designed to prevent encounters from escalating into police gunfire.<p>…

Law Enforcement

Mass deportation isn’t just impractical. It’s very, very dangerous.

<i>Danielle Allen is a political theorist at Harvard University and a contributing columnist for The Post. Richard Ashby Wilson is the Gladstein Chair of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut School of Law.</i><p>We’ve hit the home stretch of the election. The time has come to get serious, really …

Immigration

Penthouse Populist: Why the Rural Poor Love Donald Trump | The Report | US News

(Mark Makela/Getty Images)<p>With roots in blue-collar Scranton, Pennsylvania, years as first lady of Arkansas and a 2000 Senate campaign that featured …

Society