Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defunding measure

Republican legislation to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed to gather enough support in the U.S. Senate on Monday, halting at least for now moves to punish the women’s health group for its role in gathering fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. Senate Democrats succeeded in stopping the bill on a procedural […]

Tiger says he has turned a corner with his new swing

Tiger Woods finished tied for 18th place at the Quicken Loans National last weekend. For Woods, this was his best finish since the Masters in April, when he tied for 17th. His performance at the Quicken Loans also followed a disastrous showing at the British Open where he didn’t make the cut and finished seven-over […]

Darren Wilson opens up a year after Michael Brown’s death

Former Ferguson officer wants to return to policing — but no one will hire him A year after fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Wilson says he and his wife and baby daughter have to be careful when they go out. “We try to go somewhere — how do […]

Puerto Rico just defaulted for the first time

The commonwealth paid a mere $628,000 toward a $58 million debt bill due Monday to creditors of its Public Finance Corporation. This will hurt the island’s residents, not Wall Street. The debt is mostly owned by ordinary Puerto Ricans through credit unions. “This was a decision that reflects the serious concerns about the Commonwealth’s liquidity […]

Racial injustice still rife in health care

Racism mars the history of health care in America. For years, black patients were relegated to separate — and appallingly unequal — hospitals and wards. Many were simply denied medical attention, either “dumped” into the care of other facilities or turned away at the hospital door. Fifty years ago this week, that started to change […]

Jeb Bush would give undocumented a way to stay in US

Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush vows to launch comprehensive immigration reform, including stronger borders and finding a way for the 11 million undocumented people in the country to make their status legal. Back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama pledged to seek a major immigration policy reform that would let the undocumented stay indefinitely. But […]

Bill Cosby: New York Mag cover features 35 of comedian’s accusers

New York Magazine has published an explosive cover story chronicling the stories of nearly three dozen women accusing Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault. The cover itself features 35 of the 46 women who have come forward publicly. The magazine said it spent six months interviewing each of Cosby’s accusers separately, “and yet their […]

Lawyers: immigrant mothers coerced to wear ankle monitors

Lawyers representing immigrant mothers held in a South Texas detention center say the women have been denied counsel and coerced into accepting ankle-monitoring bracelets as a condition of release, even after judges made clear that paying their bonds would suffice. In a letter Monday to Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the […]

Mexico drug lord escape tunnel is audacious engineering feat

Mexico’s most prized prisoner paced his cell, first to the latrine, then the shower, then the bed. At every turn around the tiny room, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman checked the shower floor hidden by a half wall, because even jailed criminals get their privacy. In his final sweep, Guzman sat on his bed […]

Obama to announce high-speed Internet help for homes

President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017. Now he’s promoting a new program to help close the digital divide even further by bringing that faster Internet to more people, particularly students who live in public and assisted housing. Obama on Wednesday was announcing a pilot program under […]


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