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Time for Republicans to Grow a Spine

The dark bond between President Trump and Vladimir Putin reached a new level this week, as the American president betrayed his own intelligence agencies — and the entire nation — by publicly snuggling up to his Russian counterpart. Mr. Trump’s fawning over Mr. Putin was so disgraceful and creepy — …

Paul Ryan

Trump, Treasonous Traitor

Put aside whatever suspicions you may have about whether Donald Trump will be directly implicated in the Russia investigation.<p>Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world, committing an unbelievable and unforgivable crime against this country. It is his failure to defend.<p>The …

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What Friday’s Indictments Mean

Today we learned that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has obtained indictments charging that 12 Russian military intelligence officers engaged in a conspiracy to subvert our democracy. The indictments demonstrate that Mr. Mueller, the Department of Justice and a federal grand jury agree with a …

Top attractions you can't miss in Dublin, Ireland

<b>(CNN) —</b> When you travel to Dublin, it doesn't take too long to figure out this is not the capital of a former far-flung empire like that of London, Madrid or Rome.<p>While it lacks massive buildings and old monuments to past imperial grandeur, Dublin overflows with friendly, accessible charm in more …

Ireland

'Civil war' post by right-wing radio host roundly mocked on Twitter

It all started with a tweet.<p>"BREAKING," conspiracy theorist and radio personality Alex Jones tweeted this past Sunday. "Democrats Plan To Launch …

Toobin: Roe v. Wade is doomed because Trump won

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin explains what he thinks American life will be like once President Trump gets a new Supreme Court justice on the bench following the retirement announcement of Justice Kennedy.

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What’s the Yield Curve? ‘A Powerful Signal of Recessions’ Has Wall Street’s Attention

You can try to play down a trade war with China. You can brush off the impact of rising oil prices on corporate earnings.<p>But if you’re in the business of making economic predictions, it has become very difficult to disregard an important signal from the bond market.<p>The so-called yield curve is …

Economics

Little by little, domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly

By Duncan Strauss<p>Karin Brulliard<p>, Reporter/editor<p>PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Her boyfriend became abusive about six months after they met. He would drink himself into a stupor and tear the house apart while screaming and insulting her, once even threatening to snap her neck. She worried for herself, …

Domestic Violence

Why supporting abortion is a pro-life position

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Legislature in Iowa has passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Senate File 359, or the "heartbeat bill," will bar physicians from performing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, when it is common for women not to know …

10 packing tips from a travel pro for a 'best-case scenario'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Choosing the right suitcase can be a travel adventure in itself. Packing it properly with just the right contents is an art form.<p>Get it right and the journey to your destination will be a joy of lightened luggage containing just the right outfits. Get it wrong and it'll be a misery of …

Headphones

How to Win an Argument About Guns

Tragically, predictably, infuriatingly, we’re again mourning a shooting — this time at YouTube’s headquarters — even as the drive for gun safety legislation has stalled in Washington. Polls show that nine out of 10 Americans favor basic steps like universal background checks before gun purchases, …

Abortion restrictions don't lower rates, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Laws that seek to limit abortions around the world may not lower the rate of abortions but could make them less safe, according to a new report that illustrates the trend.<p>In countries with the fewest restrictions, only 1% of abortions were the "least safe" kind from 2010 to 2014. That …

Abortion

In Oregon, pushing to give patients with degenerative diseases the right to die

By Rob Kuznia<p>LOS ANGELES — Shortly after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 56, Nora Harris moved to Oregon from California with her husband, thinking it would be a place where she could die on her own terms.<p>Shortly after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 58, Bruce …

After #MeToo, why isn't there more focus on domestic violence?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault.<p>Women (and men) feel less uncomfortable about stepping forward with accounts of injustices they have suffered. Offenders are being fired and prosecuted.<p>But we don't seem to …

A $17,850 urine test: Industry boom amid opioid epidemic

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine -- until the lab slapped her with a bill for $17,850.<p>A Houston lab had tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of …

Medicine

Sherry Johnson was raped, pregnant and married by 11. Now she's fighting to end child marriage in America

<b>Tallahassee, Florida (CNN) —</b> In Florida's halls of power, Sherry Johnson is somewhat of an anomaly: a black woman who grew up destitute and survived child abuse.<p>Her story is shocking. Raped at 8 and pregnant at 10, she was forced to marry her rapist at 11. She had to abandon high school after the …

Puerto Vallarta: Get this Mexican beach to yourself

<b>(CNN) —</b> As soon as you touch down in Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico's Jalisco state on the Pacific Coast, you'll find yourself accosted by offers of "complimentary" tequila shots and greeters trying to sell you timeshares. But Puerto Vallarta was once a very different destination .<p>Even its name was …

Mexico

Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

By Juliet Eilperin<p>, Reporter<p>A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area's uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The …

Forests

Why does it take a mass shooting to focus our attention on domestic violence?

By Libby Copeland<p><i>About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Look for the About US newsletter launching this winter.</i><p>In recent years, a friend and I have been alert to a particularly dark kind of news. When a mass killing pops up in the news, …

When White Supremacists Ruled Washington

Southerners who rose to federal office after the Civil War achieved something the Confederate Army had not: They seized control of Washington and bent it to their will. The Washington National Cathedral illuminated the era of white supremacist domination this month when it dismantled ornate …

The national anthem in sports (spoiler: it wasn't always this way)

<b>(CNN) —</b> In America, the game doesn't start until the national anthem plays. It's not a mandate, it's just a fact, as culturally ingrained as team colors and touchdown cheers.<p>The anthem kicks off every NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and NHL game featuring an American team, and is played before every NASCAR race.<p>…

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Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

Toss a dart at a map of Detroit, and the bull’s-eye, more or less, would be a tiny city called Highland Park. Only three square miles, Highland Park is surrounded by Detroit on nearly all sides, but it remains its own sovereign municipality thanks largely to Henry Ford, who started building Model …

Education

Most female homicide victims are killed by husbands or other intimate partners, new report shows

By Ariana Eunjung Cha<p>, Staff writer<p>Nearly 16 years ago, a co-worker of mine at the San Jose Mercury News was found dead in the back of her car. She had been shot in the head by her estranged husband. I remember being confused upon hearing the news and not quite believing what had happened. Luci …

Public Health

Timeline: A look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandals

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than three decades, the Catholic Church has been rocked by sex abuse scandals spanning the globe.<p>And for decades, the church has been accused of protecting itself rather than the victims of child sexual abuse.<p>Here are some major scandals and revelations involving the Catholic …

The 25 Best Towns of 2017

To put together our list of the best towns ever, we scoured more than three decades of coverage and created a Special Advisory Council to nominate places that are great for kids, have drool-worthy food and drink scenes, are welcoming to people of any background, and have all the bike lanes and …

Domestic (Intimate Partner) Violence Fast Facts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's a look at information and statistics concerning domestic (intimate partner) violence.<p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate partner violence includes victimization by current and former spouses or current and former dating partners. Violence can include …

In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.

WASHINGTON — Only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, James B. Comey has told associates, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief.<p>The conversation that night in January, Mr. Comey now believes, was a …

Trump Warning to Comey Prompts Questions on ‘Tapes’

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday warned James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director whom he fired this week, against leaking anything negative about him, saying that Mr. Comey “better hope” that there are no secret tapes of their conversations that the president could use in retaliation.<p>The …

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