Soon after her husband was sworn in as president of the United States in 1989, Barbara Bush began losing weight, 18 pounds in all, sudden progress after a lifelong struggle. “I convinced myself it was because I was eating smaller portions and working so hard,” she said in her 1994 memoir. But she also was having trouble with her eyes. They were inflamed and bulging, and sometimes she was seeing double. Aboard Air Force One in February 1989, heading back to Washington after a trip to China, she sat down beside White House physician Lawrence Mohr and described her symptoms. Mohr immediately suspected Graves’ disease, just from examining her eyes. For reasons unknown, her thyroid glands were producing too much of the hormone that regulates the body’s metabolism. (Barbara Bush joked that the sobriquet “doesn’t mean you’ll go to the grave; it’s named for the doctor who diagnosed the ailment.” That would be Robert J. Graves, a … [Read more...] about How a Medical Mystery Tilted the 1992 Election in Bill Clinton’s Favor
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Felicia Sonmez and Michael Scherer Washington Post February 08, 2019 WASHINGTON — Democrats and liberal groups on Friday pointed to a Supreme Court ruling in an abortion case to argue that Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, focusing their ire on Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supported Kavanaugh’s nomination last year and faces a tough 2020 reelection.The outcry from the left follows the court’s 5-4 vote to block a restrictive Louisiana abortion law. The 2014 law, which has never been enforced, would effectively shutter most of the state’s abortion clinics by requiring physicians at those facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.Although Democrats hailed the decision, they pointed to Kavanaugh’s dissent as a sign that he is poised to side with conservatives in future … [Read more...] about Democrats slam Collins for Kavanaugh vote in wake of Supreme Court ruling on La. abortion law
WASHINGTON — For all of the talk from White House aides about how President Trump's State of the Union address would center on unity and finding common ground, the thrust of his speech Tuesday night was anything but. Sure, there were niceties at the beginning. "I stand here ready to work with you to achieve historic breakthroughs for all Americans," Trump remarked. "The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda." But at its core, Trump's speech was a full-throttled demand for his immigration policies and border wall - which precipitated the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. And while he avoided mentioning the past shutdown, he also offered no path forward to avoid the next looming one. "No issue better illustrates the divide between America's working class and America's political class than illegal immigration," he said. "Wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and … [Read more...] about The White House plugged ‘unity’ ahead of the State of the Union. That’s not what Trump delivered
A bill in Virginia that would have decreased the barriers to accessing late-term abortion died in committee, but not before catching fire on social media where it was accused of enabling infanticide. Public comments made by the main author of the bill, Delegate Kathy Tran, and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam were either confusing, misleading, or taken out of context to appear as if the bill would facilitate the killing of viable, late-term fetuses. In reality, the bill would have reduced the number of physicians required to sign off on a late-term abortion and removed the requirement that a pregnancy would “substantially and irreparably” damage the patient’s health. This week, Virginia House of Delegates member Kathy Tran’s House Bill 1249, a piece of legislation that would have reduced restrictions on late-term abortions, failed in committee but was accused of enabling “abortion up until the moment of birth” and infanticide across social media. … [Read more...] about A controversial Virginia bill expanding access to late-term abortion sparked outrage on social media and was incorrectly accused of enabling ‘infanticide’
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press Updated 9:14 pm PST, Sunday, January 27, 2019 FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn borough of New York. FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Tuesday, July 3, 2018 file photo, a device which delivers naloxone lies on a counter as a health educator gives instructions on how to administer it in the Brooklyn … [Read more...] about Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?