Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. abortion rate drops 5%, the biggest drop in a decade. Why aren't abortion opponents happy?

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About the only good news in last week’s poverty report from the Census Bureau was the news that the proportion of young adults with health insurance was rising. The news stood in stark contrast to the national trend: Among every other group of non-eldelry adults, people were losing coverage, which is what you’d expect when so many people are out of work.  The most obvious explanation for the shift was the Affordable Care Act, which allows young adults (up to age 26) to stay on their parents’ policies if they don't have access to employer-sponsored insurance.

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The spending cuts House Republicans want to pass are too numerous for me to catalog.

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It disappeared so quickly that it is easy to forget the bipartisan patriotism and common purpose that existed in Washington immediately after September 11, 2001. Perhaps the most memorable event from that period was the gathering of members of Congress from both parties on the steps of the Capitol to sing "God Bless America." Another such episode--little-noticed, but actually more remarkable--occurred the following month.

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Under Control

Sometime during the summer of 1918, an influenza virus that had recently swept through the United States and Europe evolved into a far more virulent organism. World War I was still underway when the first case of the new flu was reported in America, at Camp Devens near Boston. Within days new victims had appeared in military bases up and down the Eastern seaboard. By the time the virus hit America's cities, public health officials knew they were dealing with no ordinary strain of influenza.

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