Despite Claims To Contrary, Trump Has Signed No Major Laws 5 Months In

Updated 12:30 p.m. ET President Trump kept one of his campaign promises, signing a bill Friday to make it easier for the secretary of veterans affairs to fire and discipline employees. It came in response to the 2014 VA scandal in which employees covered up long wait times while collecting bonuses. The bill, which passed earlier this month with strong bipartisan support, also gives the secretary authority to revoke bonuses and protects whistleblowers who report wrongdoing. "What happened was...

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How It All Turned Out: A Kindergarten Story, 13 Years Later

Today we're going to update a story we first brought you back in 2004. That September, NPR set out to document what may be the most important day in any young child's life — the first day of kindergarten. For parents it's a day filled with hope, anxiety and one big question: Is our child ready? The answer back then, as far as 5-year-old Sam Marsenison was concerned, was "No, no, no!" For his parents, Paul and Maryanna Marsenison of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., it was tough letting go too. They had...

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Summer's Just Begun, But The Southwestern U.S. Is Already Baking

Summer officially began at 12:24 a.m. ET Wednesday, but as the Southwestern United States bakes in a heat wave, the season may already feel like a long and sweltering slog there. The mercury hit 119 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix on Tuesday, 117 in Las Vegas and 121 degrees in Palm Springs, Calif. And while forecasters say the heat was expected to peak on Tuesday, excessive heat warnings remain in effect through Sunday evening in parts of Arizona, Nevada and California. The National Weather...

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Some coastal areas in Texas and Louisiana are under a tropical storm warning and forecasters are warning of potential heavy flooding as Tropical Storm Cindy moved inland from the Gulf of Mexico Thursday morning.

Severe weather and flooding have already been reported over the past two days along the Gulf Coast. The storm made landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas/Louisiana border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher.

Defeat is an orphan.

Summing up the left's response to its deflating loss in a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs were two reactions:

1. Jim Dean, chairman of the progressive activist group Democracy For America, in a statement:

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In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that each year 1,300 children die and almost 5,800 children in the U.S. receive medical treatment due to gun-related injuries. Twenty-one percent of those cases are accidental, mainly due to playing with a gun.

This makes firearm-related deaths the second leading cause of injury-related deaths among U.S. children ages 1 to 17.

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If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."

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Healthcare providers in Connecticut are concerned that 50,000 Medicaid recipients could lose their health insurance coverage if state lawmakers follow through with proposed cuts to balance the budget.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is urging President Trump to comply with the U.S. Constitution. He says Trump should seek congressional approval before accepting payments, benefits, or gifts from foreign states.

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More and more, medical professionals in Connecticut are turning to tablets and cell phones to connect remotely with patients. It’s called “telehealth,” and it’s facilitating everything from after-hours examinations to post-surgery check-ins.

Page Waller said headaches, fever, and even tick bites are all conditions where telemedicine, also called “telehealth,” can save time or an expensive visit to the emergency room. “You really don’t always need to lay hands on a patient to be able to diagnose them with a common problem,” Waller said.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has changed his pick for a successor, naming his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince and deposing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from the post. At 31, the country's new successor to the throne is 50 years younger than the current monarch.

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