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New play aims to encourage citizens to 'Practice Democracy'

Mr. Adams, a retired banker, state legislator and Vietnam veteran is talking on the phone. His powerful voice overwhelms the office he’s standing in. “The incumbent has to go,” he says. “It’s time for a change.” Mr. Adams is about to meet with two young politicians who are facing off in a party...


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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Navigators Say Feds Don’t Appreciate Scope Of The Job

The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in health plans on the federal insurance marketplaces don’t provide enough bang for the buck, sometimes costing thousands of dollars to sign up each customer. So, it is cutting their funding, some by as much as 90...


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Nursing Home Disaster Plans Often Faulted As ‘Paper Tigers’

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes. Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection...


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Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know

Republican efforts in Congress to “repeal and replace” the federal Affordable Care Act are back from the dead. Again. While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), along with...


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In Stark Contrast To ACA Plans, Premiums For Job-Based Coverage Show Modest Rise

Family health insurance premiums rose an average 3 percent this year for people getting coverage through the workplace, the sixth consecutive year of small increases, according to a study released Tuesday. The average total cost of family premiums was $18,764 for 2017, according to a survey of...


Business

Trump's lawyer to publicly testify in Senate next month

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyer will return to Capitol Hill for a public hearing next month after the Senate intelligence committee abruptly canceled a closed-door staff interview Tuesday morning. Committee leaders said they called off the interview after Michael Cohen sent a...


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One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

Congress Health Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care....


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Cloudy, cool August restrains melt of Arctic sea ice

Arctic Sea Ice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arctic sea ice this summer dropped to its eighth lowest level on record, new federal data show. That’s far below average, but considerably above the record low set five years ago. The National Snow and Ice Data Center said Tuesday that on Sept. 13 sea ice in Arctic shrank to its...


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US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home building. The overall drop occurred even though would-be homebuyers face both...


Business

The Latest: Intel panel invites Trump lawyer to open hearing

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 5 p.m. The Senate intelligence committee is inviting Donald Trump’s personal lawyer to testify in an open hearing next month as part of its investigation into Russian...


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