The Legislature adjourns. Get ready for economic Nirvana

nirvana?  right!Highways may be dilapidated, but they will be jammed with employers flocking to the state. They will be drawn by the right-to-work bill that was the first order of business for the Republican supermajorities and Gov. Eric Greitens last winter. They will love the tax cuts that helped create a $500 million hole in the state budget, but all the economic growth that’s coming is going to fix that. Or so Republicans say.

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Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor

poor peopleUnder pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits. House Republicans voted to slash hundreds of billions of dollars in health care for the poor now, they’re weighing a plan to take the scalpel to programs that provide meals to needy kids and housing and education assistance for low-income families.

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THE PAINFUL TRUTH ABOUT TEETH

mass dentistryYou can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor. The country is way too divided between well-off people and people struggling for everything — even to see the dentist. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. Millions of others rely on charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms to treat painful and neglected teeth.

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Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

comeyEvery time FBI Director James B. Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia. Trump had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the director’s lack of action in recent weeks on leaks from within the federal government. By last weekend, he had made up his mind: Comey had to go.

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A lot of research shows that putting 13 male senators in charge of a health-care bill is a lousy idea

Katherine Phillips, a professor at Columbia University’s business school, explains: “Assuming you have women in the room and they are senators, too, then absolutely, having them in the room could have an impact,” she said. “My research would suggest even if [the female senator] doesn’t say something different, that it would trigger the men in the room to consider that there may be alternative viewpoints to the issue they’re addressing.”

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Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia

smoochesBehind Comey’s firing: Trump had grown enraged by the Russia investigation frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear he would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said. The president deliberated for more than a week before ousting the FBI chief who was investigating Trump associates.

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Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey

The president of the United States, who is no more above the law than any other citizen, has now decisively crippled the F.B.I.’s ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates. There is no guarantee that Mr. Comey’s replacement, who will be chosen by Mr. Trump, will continue that investigation; in fact, there are already hints to the contrary.

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