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Nation Aug 08WATCH: Trump vows to beat opioid crisis
Last week, the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis asked President Donald Trump to declare a national state of emergency to address this public health epidemic.
Politics Aug 03Why this West Virginia mayor says Trump should set aside party politics
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, the leader of the city where Trump held his rally, said “labels don’t matter.” What does matter is working together on issues like the opioid crisis, which has ravaged his city.
Politics Aug 03WATCH: Trump blasts Democrats, Russia investigations at campaign rally in Huntington, West Virginia
Democrats “can continue their obsession with the Russian hoax or they can serve the interests of the American people,” Trump said after Justice’s announcement. “Try winning at the voting booth.”…
Health Aug 02WATCH LIVE: What public health officials have learned about the opioid crisis
Ask the experts your questions during a 12:15 p.m. Twitterchat Wednesday and follow the conversation at 3:50 p.m. online here on the PBS NewsHour.
Politics Jul 31Trump needs to declare national emergency for opioid crisis, commission says
Opioids “now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined,” the commission wrote in its report, saying that with nearly 150 Americans dying every day, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”…
Health Jul 20Latest Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans without insurance
The latest legislation in the Senate offers a greater reduction in the deficit by preserving certain taxes Republicans had killed in the older version. They found more savings by reducing and ending certain federal matching funds and capping per-capita-based payments…
Nation Jul 195 overlooked stories that deserve your attention
Here are five stories outside of politics that you may have missed.
Nation Jul 19If SNAP benefits are cut, who hurts the most?
For five decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, has provided access to food for millions of Americans and is the nation’s largest program that targets hunger. But policies at the state and federal level could tear…
Nation Jul 125 important stories that have nothing to do with Donald Trump Jr.’s emails
Take a break from the news cycle with these overlooked but important stories that are getting lost in the shuffle.
Health Jul 06Prescription opioids tripled between 1999 and 2015, CDC says
The amount of opioids prescribed in 2015 was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks, according to a new CDC report.