WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making up facts about a veterans' health care program in his latest dig at late Sen. John McCain. He says he's no fan of McCain, a Vietnam War veteran and tortured prisoner of war, faulting him for failing to pass a program that gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense. "He was never able to get Choice. I got Choice," Trump said Thursday to reporters. His jab at the late senator came as he defended a Trump administration order to keep a Navy ship named for McCain hidden from view during his recent trip to Japan as likely "well-meaning," though Trump said he knew nothing about the request. But McCain did get it done on vets' care. Trump routinely takes full credit for enacting the Veterans Choice program, ignoring the fact that it was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014. McCain was a co-sponsor of the legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. What Trump did was expand eligibility for … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s dig at McCain skews facts on vet care
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Although often thought of as just for school leavers, apprenticeships can boost your career at any age. As businesses celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Rolls-Royce leathershop apprentice Clare Howieson joined the scheme after years working in the textile industry and is proof apprenticeships are a great way of launching a new career path. Clare, who works at the company’s Goodwood site, describes herself as a mature apprentice and took on the challenge having previously designed fabrics for companies including John Lewis.She said: “I was looking at the upholstery course at Chichester. I thought I would apply and see what happened. “The other apprentices are a great bunch of people. They’re really kind. “It must be like having their mum sit with them when they’re having their tea. “You’re just one of the team at the end of the day.”That the apprenticeship linked in with a college course was a big draw for Clare, but she … [Read more...] about Sussex apprentices reveal the schemes that changed their lives
In February 2009, the Globe Magazine debuted Dinner with Cupid, a column that aims to match up Boston’s singles, send them out on blind dates at local eateries, and have them report back about what happened. It was one part social experiment, one part schadenfreude for the smug married crowd, and one part journalistic attempt to document that fundamental aspect of the human condition — the quest for love — often left unexamined in the news section.Ten years, thousands of applicants, and nearly 500 dates later, we’re here to report that, despite superhuman attempts, no happy nuptials have ensued. (At least, we’re still waiting for that wedding invitation.) Like our singles, Cupid has suffered through the indignities of the dating life. We’ve been stood up, ghosted by daters who dined on our dime and were never heard from again, and snookered by those who showed up looking nothing like their profile pictures. Together, Bostonians have borne witness to … [Read more...] about Blind dates: A behind-the-scenes look at Dinner with Cupid on its 10th anniversary
There used to be only one paparazzo that would photograph the royal family. Now there are hundreds. It used to be taboo to marry someone who was divorced, but now Meghan Markle is a duchess. Younger royals tend to be less strict about observing protocol. The monarchy looks and feels different than it did when Queen Elizabeth began her reign in 1952. Some strict rules have been relaxed or changed, and younger members of the royal family continue to incorporate elements of modernity into their lives. Here’s how royal life has changed over the years. The ceiling in the White Drawing Room in Buckingham Palace was designed by John Nash. Nash redesigned much of Buckingham Palace in the 1800s. While some of the furniture has been swapped out, much of the room’s original decor remains. There’s a hidden door disguised as a mirror and cabinet where the Queen enters to greet guests. Queen Elizabeth used to hold her grandchildren on her lap at events. Elizabeth held Zara … [Read more...] about THEN AND NOW: 24 photos that show how royal life has changed over the years
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!