Keith Fitzgerald

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One in eight American adults is an alcoholic, study says

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this month finds that the rate of alcohol use disorder, or what's colloquially known as “alcoholism,” rose by a shocking 49 percent in the first decade of the 2000s. One in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic …


It’s not just opioid addiction. Alcoholism may be on the rise too.

Especially among women, the poor, and minorities.<p>You’ve probably heard of America’s increasing struggles with opioid addiction in the past few years. But there’s another drug that the country appears to be increasingly misusing as well: alcohol.<p>According to a new study published in <i>JAMA Psychiatry</i>, …


Trump's immigration policy poses risk to job market

President Trump is backing a legal immigration plan that could reduce the very thing the U.S. job market needs more of: Workers.<p>Trump endorsed a proposal this week to adoptan immigration system in which those seeking to come to the U.S. must have some degree of English fluency or advanced job …

Trump immigration plan to cost 4.6 million jobs, Ivy League study finds

President Trump is endorsing an immigration plan that will hurt job growth and the U.S. economy overall, according to two recent studies.<p>In a report published Thursday, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School said the immigration plan, dubbed the RAISE Act, would result in 4.6 million lost …

Judge tosses Texas's lawsuit defending racist 'show me your papers' law

×<p>Tag History<p>Texas created by Gabe Ortiz at 08/10/2017 06:16 AM<br>• Texas SB4 created by Gabe Ortiz at 08/10/2017 06:16 AM<br>• showmeyourpapers Texas SB4 …


Trump’s Solution to Opioid Crisis: Tell Kids Drugs Are ‘No Good’

On Tuesday afternoon, President Trump attended a briefing, held at his New Jersey golf club, on the ever-worsening opioid crisis in the U.S., which …

Opioid Crisis

Trump’s Opioid Commission Had Some Stunningly Good Recommendations. He Ignored Them for 80s Drug War Nostalgia.

Even without the emergency declaration, at least one of the commission’s recommendations would transform the U.S. approach to the crisis and give …

Health Care

Officials say immigration agents showed up at labor dispute proceedings. California wants them out

Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California labor dispute proceedings to apprehend undocumented workers, in what state officials believe may be cases of employer retaliation.<p>The Labor Commissioner’s Office, the state’s labor enforcement arm, said that since November U.S. …


The Islamic State is ‘fighting to the death’ as civilians flee Raqqa

BEIRUT — For three years, the Syrian city of Raqqa was the Islamic State’s greatest stronghold, featuring heavily in propaganda and providing a launchpad for attacks carried out around the world.<p>But district by district, the city is now emptying out as U.S.-backed forces inch their way through the …


How Trump’s Iran Threats Could Backfire—in North Korea

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Walking away from the deal with Tehran could leave us with a nuclear crisis on two fronts.<p>If, as he has clearly signaled, President Donald Trump chooses in the coming …

North Korea

Q&A: Why Obamacare isn't a job killer

As the debate over the Affordable Care Act boiled over in Washington, D.C., this summer, a working paper written by Stanford economists threw cold …

Health Care

Russian Bots Are Starting to Attack the Republican Party

This could be said to be an example of what goes around, comes around.

Republican Party

The Welfare State Should Be More Than Just A Safety Net


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They’re Building a Trump-Centric Movement. But Don’t Call It Trumpism.

GLENDORA, Calif. — They’re the first to admit that trying to reorient conservatism and the Republican Party around a president who does not consider himself much of a conservative or a Republican is a bit of a riddle.<p>But to this small group of renegade thinkers on the right, President Trump …

Republican Party

Iran Gains Ground in Afghanistan as U.S. Presence Wanes

FARAH, Afghanistan — A police officer guarding the outskirts of this city remembers the call from his commander, warning that hundreds of Taliban fighters were headed his way.<p>“Within half an hour, they attacked,” recalled Officer Najibullah Amiri, 35. The Taliban swarmed the farmlands surrounding …


President Trump settles in for 17-day vacation at his secluded New Jersey club

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Trump, who knocked his predecessor’s work ethic and said he probably wouldn’t take vacations as president, has settled in for 17 days here at his secluded golf club in New Jersey’s fox-hunt and horse country.<p>Aides are billing Trump’s time at one of his favorite …

Donald Trump

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis

It’s the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Here’s what you need to know.

Opioid Crisis

Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them?

NEW HAVEN — When Dave Mason left jail in October 2015 after his 14th criminal conviction, the odds were good that he would end up dead.<p>A man with a longtime heroin addiction, Mr. Mason was entering one of the deadliest windows for jailed users returning to the streets: the first two weeks after …


White House opioid commission to Trump: ‘Declare a national emergency’ on drug overdoses

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued a preliminary report on Monday stating that its “first and most urgent recommendation” is for the president to “declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act.”<p>“With …


My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>We created him, and now we're rationalizing him. When will it stop?<p>Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair …

The White House

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation <b></b>that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.<p>The …

Donald Trump

What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

The country's ongoing drug epidemic, which claimed more than 59,000 lives last year, has left its trace on just about every aspect of American life: politics, religion, family, justice, birth and death.<p>While most of us are familiar, by now, with the annual drumbeat of official statistics from …

Public Health

Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill

A coalition of roughly 40 House Republicans and Democrats plan to unveil a slate of Obamacare fixes Monday they hope will gain traction after the Senate’s effort to repeal the law imploded.<p>The Problem Solvers caucus, led by Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), is fronting the effort to …

Health Care

If you could ‘design’ your own child, would you?

Scientists in Portland, Ore., just succeeded in creating the first genetically modified human embryo in the United States, according to Technology Review. A team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University is reported to “have broken new ground both in the number of embryos …


Big Rigs, a Human Smuggling Mainstay, Often Become Rolling Traps

SAN ANTONIO — In one truck, the migrants crouched in the dark in a three-foot crevice between the trailer’s ceiling and the top of medical-supply boxes. In another, smugglers crammed 73 men, women and children into a trailer filled with rotting watermelons, to try to disguise their scent for Border …


Consensus Is Health Law Can Be Fixed. Now the Hard Part.

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired?<p>The seven-year-old law has survived Supreme Court decisions and aggressive attempts to extinguish it by Republicans in Congress and the White House. But even people who rely on its coverage agree that it …

Health Care

Biden lobbied McCain on healthcare vote: report

Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ahead of Friday's vote on Senate Republicans' healthcare bill, asking …

Joe Lieberman

Trump is readying his nuclear option on Obamacare

The problem of cost-sharing reductions, explained.<p>Obamacare’s biggest challenge right now has nothing to do with the for-now failed Republican bid to repeal and replace it. It’s President Trump’s threats to undermine obscure but important payments that help millions of Americans afford their health …


Wisconsin senator's health care stance welcomed back home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservatives and liberals in Wisconsin both see hope in Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's steadfast refusal to back the current version of the GOP Senate health care bill.<p>Although they disagree with the reasons for his opposition, liberals see Johnson's stand as a chance to sink …

Health Care