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Faced with a string of resignations from his advisory panels, President Trump has disbanded two groups he had formed to provide policy and economic guidance. He's seen here after a news conference Tuesday.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:57

Eight executives quit President Trump's manufacturing council this week, following his controversial remarks about white supremacists and violence in Charlottesville, Va.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and other female senators were excluded from the Senate leadership health task force this summer.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:33

When leaders in Washington discuss the future of American health care, women are not always in the room. Here, eight women from around the country share their personal stories, fears and hopes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces a special session of the Texas Legislature on June 6. This Tuesday, that special session closed, without the passage of a so-called bathroom bill that Abbott had sought.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:53

Powerful business interests and some Republicans joined Democrats and LGBT activists in opposing an effort to pass a law restricting bathroom access for transgender people.

While doctors and nurses have an ethical duty to treat all patients, they are not immune to feelings of dread when it comes to patients who are hateful or belligerent. A well-known <a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM197804202981605">article</a> from the 1970s spoke to this.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:50

Medical professionals take pride in their commitment to care for all patients. But that pride doesn't shield them from the difficult ones.

People attend the memorial service for Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Va., on Wednesday. Heyer was killed on Saturday when a man, identified by police as a neo-Nazi supporter, drove his car into a crowd of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:45

Friends and family remembered the passion of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. "Carry Heather's spark," her mother told listeners and mourners. "Find a way to make a difference in the world."

President Trump repeated his much-criticized view of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., during a news conference Tuesday in New York.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:36

Saying that a mob is intent on destroying President Trump, The Washington Times editorial board states that "the president himself keeps assisting the project."

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left) shakes hands with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, accompanied by Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, after they spoke at a news conference Wednesday at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:23

While ministers from Canada and Mexico praised NAFTA, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer emphasized the negative and said the deal "needs major improvement."

A hippo walks through the South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, where an anthrax outbreak occurred in 2011.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:20

In Zambia, some people were so hungry that they risked their health to eat hippo meat infected with anthrax. Researchers say it reveals how food insecurity can spread disease.

A woman cleans a <em>Stolperstein</em>, or "stumbling stone," placed in the sidewalk in front of houses where victims of the Holocaust lived before they were deported and killed by the Nazis.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:18

An American in Germany writes about the very different way that nation preserves and remembers the shameful parts of its history.

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks to journalists Monday in Alexandria, Va., just days after three people died amid violence at rallies Spencer attended in Charlottesville, Va.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:59

The school's president said Wednesday it supports free speech. But after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., he said the white nationalist's request to speak prompted "serious concerns for safety."

Former President Barack Obama's tweet after the violence Charlottesville, Va., is now the most-liked tweet ever. The tweet quoted Nelson Mandela and included this photo of Obama visiting a daycare in Maryland.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:46

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

Hope Hicks will work alongside press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders until a permanent replacement is found.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:42

Hicks was one of President Trump's earliest campaign aides and has maintained an extremely low public profile. She has been serving as director of strategic communications.

UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador and YouTube personality Lilly Singh meets children supported by the U.N. agency in Nagar, India, in July.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:07

Known as "Superwoman" to her 12 million online followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF's made her the face of its cause.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon, the sun and the Earth all line up such that the moon completely obscures the sun to viewers on part of Earth's surface.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:50

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.

President Trump rhetorically questioned whether statues of Thomas Jefferson, one of which stands in the Jefferson Memorial in D.C., and George Washington should come down because they were slave owners.
Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:43

It's just simply factually wrong to compare Confederate generals to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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