Democrats Ask Supreme Court for Quick Decision on Obamacare

ImageThe Supreme Court last fall. The court may decide to take on another big case involving the Affordable Care Act.Credit…Joshua Roberts/Reuters A group of Democratic state officials and the Democratic-led House of Representatives on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take up a case with the potential to wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act.…

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Divas and Debutantes

The Metropolitan Opera held a New Year’s Eve gala on Dec. 31 with Puccini operas, a dinner and fireworks. And the Debutante Cotillion and Christmas Ball was held on Dec. 21 at Cipriani Wall Street.

This Soup Has Salad Aspirations

New Year’s resolutions aside, January is actually a terrible month to try to eat more healthfully. For one thing, there’s not a lot of tempting fresh produce in the market, inspiring a cook to make stunning salads. Then, there’s the icy, gray-skied weather that quite naturally makes a body crave carb-heavy, cozy fare, preferably smothered…

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In Appalachia, Crafting a Road to Recovery With Dulcimer Strings

HINDMAN, KY. — The heritage of handcrafted stringed instruments runs deep in this tiny Appalachian village (pop. 770) stretched along the banks of Troublesome Creek. The community has been known as the homeplace of the mountain dulcimer ever since a revered maker, James Edward (“Uncle Ed”) Thomas, pushed a cartload of angelic-sounding dulcimers up and…

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Medical News Today: What to know about vasovagal syncope

The term vasovagal syncope describes fainting that occurs in response to a sudden drop in heart rate or blood pressure. The resulting lack of blood and oxygen to the brain is what causes a person to pass out. Doctors sometimes refer to vasovagal syncope (VVS) as neurocardiogenic syncope or reflex syncope. This condition typically occurs…

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The Best Boots You Can Buy on Amazon, According to Reviews

The Hiking Boot Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot Columbia $79.90 A comfortable hiking boot you don’t have to break in? Click! This pair is water resistant, dries quickly, and is great for wearing over rocky, root-filled, or muddy terrain. A popular tip from reviewers: «You may want to size up a half size, especially if you want to…

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The New #TheStew

Hello you, hello 2020, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. We can now get back to blessedly normal cooking, not event cooking, or showstopping cooking, or let-me-just-feed-all-these-people-in-my-home cooking. It’s also a prime opportunity to establish a new normal, which is where Melissa Clark comes in. Her latest column, “The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat,”…

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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Baby Powder by New Mexico

The accusations in a new lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson sound familiar: The consumer goods giant knew for decades that its baby powder and other talc-based products were contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos, but continued to market the items. What makes this case different is that it was brought by a state. Hector Balderas, the attorney…

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Love Letter: A Divorced Couple Remarries

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] As the old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. After 37 years of marriage, two sons and a bustling household that ran like a well-oiled machine, Linda and Peter…

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Pain in the lower abdomen and bloating: What to know

Lower abdominal pain is pain that occurs below a person’s belly button. Bloating refers to a feeling of pressure or fullness in the abdomen, or a visibly distended abdomen. Sometimes, these symptoms occur together. Though occasional lower abdominal pain and bloating are common, a person should speak to their doctor if it becomes a regular…

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