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Updated | 11:15 a.m. EDT: President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the...
President Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas Thursday. Photo by Laura Skelding-Pool/Getty Images If it seems like we are drowning in anniversary observances,...
How do you build a robot smaller than the tip of your finger? Inspired by the strength, speed and agility of insects, Sarah Bergbreiter from the University of Maryland is designing tiny robots. But the big challenge has been giving them legs that...
In a bid to reduce the federal prison population, the U.S. Sentencing Commission set in motion a change of formula to determine the sentencing of low-level, nonviolent federal drug law offenders. The commission voted Thursday to reduce sentencing...
LAREDO — For 12 hours a day, the waiting room at Dr. Gustavo Villarreal’s family practice is often packed with patients, people who will pay a flat $50 fee for the convenience — or necessity — of a walk-in, quick-turn doctor’s visit. Villarreal’s...
Instead of replacing public assistance programs with a guaranteed basic income, liberal economist Barbara Bergmann argues, the United States should beef up its social welfare system to be more like Sweden, above, which has universal childcare. Photo...