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Congress Fails to Act on Poverty

Both parties talk about helping the poor, but as a new report illustrates, little has actually been done.

Tackling income inequality and poverty, or at least talking about it, has become a priority for leaders in both parties, as politicians respond to the increasingly populist bent of the American …


How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.

After nine years writing Slate’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”

Sometimes, Yoffe says, …


The Next Cybersecurity Target: Medical Data

The health industry is not immune to cyberattacks.

Hackers often carry out massive cyberattacks to gain access to financial data through banks and retail companies, but this week's cybercrime hit a seemingly new target: medical data, taken from the health insurance company Premera Blue Cross. The …

Health Care

Hillary Clinton Caught Between Dueling Forces on Education: Teachers and Wealthy Donors

The last time she ran for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton did not have to take a position on the Common Core, teacher evaluations or Race to the Top.

She won the endorsement of one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions in 2007 after deploring the use of standardized tests and the underfunding …

Hillary Clinton

Why Hospitals Are Wrong About Shifting Costs to Private Insurers

To hear some hospital executives tell it, they have to make up payment shortfalls from Medicaid and Medicare by charging higher prices to privately insured patients. How else could a hospital stay afloat if it didn’t?

But this logic is flawed.

Study after study in recent years has cast doubt on the …


The U.S. can legally access your old emails and it wants to keep it that way

Many people around the globe might assume these days that the U.S. government can enact some shady magic called the NSA to access any email it wants, even if that shady magic is considered by some to be illegal.

But how many people—particularly U.S. residents—know that the American government …


The Freakout From An Obamacare Ruling Could Be Unlike Anything We've Seen

WASHINGTON -- Experts have a pretty good sense of what will happen if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, cutting off Obamacare’s tax credits in roughly two-thirds of the states. Without that financial assistance, most of the people now buying insurance through …


Florida Employee Forced To Take Leave For Saying “Climate Change,” Other Acts

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection will also not allow Barton Bibler to return to work until after he passes a mental health evaluation.

An employee at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was asked to take a leave of absence after using the term “climate change” during …

Climate Change

One Group Has Proven It Can Beat ISIS. So Why Isn't the U.S. Doing More to Help Them?

The defeat of ISIS in the northern Syrian town of Kobani last January brought Kurdish fighters well-deserved international recognition. Not only was …


The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

Alcoholics Anonymous

An Open Letter to 47 Republican Senators of the United States of America From Iran’s Hard-Liners

March 11, 2015

Dear senators:

Thank you for your letter of March 9 explaining your system of government. We were unfamiliar with the complexity of your …

U.S. Congress

Hillary Clinton email flap exposes gaps in State Department records

The email traffic of senior officials was not automatically or routinely archived.

Updated 3/15/15 11:06 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s claim that most work-related emails sent from her personal account were preserved in the electronic files of other State Department officials fell apart Friday.

After a …

Hillary Clinton

Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project.

They will now be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects or …


Amateur Hour

Rep. Tom Cotton, now a senator, salutes supporters during an election night gathering on Nov. 4, 2014, in Little Rock, Arkansas.Photo by Justin …

Liberal News

The Feel-Good Gene

CHANCES are that everyone on this planet has experienced anxiety, that distinct sense of unease and foreboding.

Most of us probably assume that anxiety always has a psychological trigger.

Yet clinicians have long known that there are plenty of people who experience anxiety in the absence of any …


Florida Gov. Rick Scott won't say if global warming is a problem

HIALEAH — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday denied that administrators in his Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the terms …

Climate Change

New Research on Antidepressants and Pregnancy Finds No Link to Asthma

Many women with a history of depression who take antidepressants assume that once they get pregnant, they should try to wean themselves off their meds to avoid negative side effects for the baby. A new large study published in the journal Pediatrics challenges one reason behind that assumption. The …


Florida Senate to consider Medicaid expansion proposal

TALLAHASSEE — A Senate committee will consider a controversial plan Tuesday that would extend federally subsidized health insurance to more than …

U.S. Immigration Authorities Arrest Foreigners Convicted of Crimes

Immigration authorities said Monday that they arrested 2,059 foreigners who were convicted criminals during a five-day nationwide operation in early March, including more than 1,000 people who had committed felonies, among them 58 gang members and 89 sex offenders.

Among those arrested in the sweep …


Study: Florida unemployed face longer odds in getting benefits

A study released Monday ranks Florida among the four stingiest states in paying unemployment benefits for those who haven’t had a job for 26 weeks or …


How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is worthwhile to keep in mind the depth and breadth of the contributions that immigrant women …


Americans Give Up On Washington

A new national poll shows that Americans now think state and local institutions are best equipped to solve the country’s major problems.

Michael Hansen, age 45, is not alone in thinking that national politics has become "almost like a slow motion car wreck." Every week brings another seeming crisis …


Heroin: A deadly industry stretching from Mexico to US

Over the past month my team and I have followed the heroin corridor from colourful poppy fields in the remote mountains of southern Mexico to Martinsburg, West Virginia - one small American town ravaged by addiction and overdoses.

What we saw was that on both sides of the border, the trade has …


Florida Reportedly Bans Environment Officials From Mentioning Climate Change

An investigative report claims that global warming and sustainability are also prohibited terms

Underscoring the divisiveness of climate change in American politics, government officials at Florida’s main environment agency have reportedly been asked to refrain from mentioning it.

Officials from the …


Texas set to run out of lethal injection drug, putting executions in doubt

​Texas’s prison agency is scrambling to find a supplier to replenish its inventory of execution drugs, which will be used up if the state goes forward with two lethal injections scheduled for this week and next.

Prison officials only have enough pentobarbital for the scheduled executions of Manuel …


Obamacare will cost less than thought

Obamacare's price tag continues to fall.

The president's landmark health reform law will cost $506 billion for the coming five fiscal years, according to updated projections from the Congressional Budget Office, released Monday. That's 29% less than the agency's projection back in March 2010.

Among …


Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce unnecessary prescriptions.

The findings will be released Monday by the …


Oregon's Players Should Be Celebrated, Not Punished for Chanting "No Means No!"

Several University of Oregon football players used their brief moment in the spotlight Thursday, after routing Florida State 59-20 in a College …

Mitch McConnell Blames the Slow Recovery on Regulation Because He Doesn't Understand How the Economy Works

On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Republicans in the 114th Congress will focus on …

Mitch McConnell

Democrats Are Doing Republicans a Favor by Pretending Keystone Is About Jobs

As promised, Republicans’ first order of business in Congress this week is a bill to fast-track approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would …