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When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security it brought howls of protests from the GOP side of the aisle during the State of the Union address. But it also showcased a stunning turnaround for the Republican Party that built a brand on doing just that. There was President George W. Bush's idea about privatizing Social Security, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s sweeping Medicare overhaul and current Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s idea of “sunsetting” major entitlement programs. As the president and the Congress launch budget negotiations ahead of the debt ceiling deadline, Biden is not going to let Republicans forget that history.

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators apparently have solved the mystery of why no one was found behind the wheel of a Tesla that crashed in a Texas two years ago, killing two men. The agency says in a report released Wednesday on the 2021 crash in the Houston suburb of Spring that the 59-year-old Tesla driver apparently moved to the back seat shortly after slamming into the car’s front air bag in the crash, deforming the steering wheel. The crash raised questions about whether the car was operating on Tesla’s “Autopilot” driving system, but the NTSB determined that the system could not have been used on the street where the crash happened due to lack of lane lines.

      Many neighborhoods are bound to be packed with cars on Feb. 12, as families, friends and fans gather to watch the Super Bowl. But cars may line up around the block the next day for an entirely different reason — open houses. Trading foam fingers for rubber cleaning gloves, homeowners across the country will get ready...

        Lawmakers in several conservative states are continuing to target transgender children with bills that prohibit gender affirming care for young people. Bills that prohibit such medical care for young people were passed Wednesday by GOP-controlled committees in Oklahoma and South Dakota, and are expected to be approved in Nebraska. The states are among more than two dozen considering similar bans, including Utah, where the Republican governor just signed that state's bill into law. A judge is reviewing whether to strike down Arkansas' law after temporarily blocking it last year. Such treatments, including the use of puberty-blocking drugs and hormones, have been available in the United States for more than a decade and are endorsed by major medical associations.

          A devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria has raised questions about how long people can survive in the rubble. Experts say up to a week or more, though it depends on their injuries, how they are trapped and weather conditions. Search teams from around the world have joined local emergency personnel to continue to look for victims from this week's deadly earthquake. Most rescues occur in the first 24 hours after a disaster. Experts say after that, survival chances drop as each day passes. Wintry conditions in Turkey and Syria have hampered rescue efforts and temperatures have dipped well below freezing.

          Many neighborhoods are bound to be packed with cars on Feb. 12, as families, friends and fans gather to watch the Super Bowl. But cars may line up around the block the next day for an entirely different reason — open houses. Trading foam fingers for rubber cleaning gloves, homeowners across the country will get ready...

          Home organization and cleaning experts explain that there are many ways to make your cleaning products stretch further and last longer. The trick is adopting these strategies the next time you do a deep clean.

          A five-year experiment aimed at improving care for some of California's most at-risk Medicaid patients reduced hospitalizations and saved taxpayers money. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research on Wednesday said California's Whole Person Care pilot projects saved an estimated $383 per patient per year. The program cost $3.6 billion and included 25 pilot programs across 26 counties. It sought to combine a person's medical care with other services, including transportation, housing and education. The pilot programs ended in December 2021. But California is already expanding these services statewide through its overhaul of the state Medicaid program.

          When President Joe Biden called on the U.S. to address the nation's deadly overdose crisis, it touched off criticism from two sides. Some Republicans frame the destruction wrought by the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a border security issue and say Biden has made it worse. Some lawmakers jeered him during Tuesday's State of the Union address. On the other side, harm reduction advocates see a different problem with Biden's approach. They are critical of his call for “strong penalties to crack down on fentanyl trafficking.” Such advocates say more penalties aimed at one drug result in the introduction of even more dangerous substances.

          When President Joe Biden suggested that Republicans want to slash Medicare and Social Security it brought howls of protests from the GOP side of the aisle during the State of the Union address. But it also showcased a stunning turnaround for the Republican Party that built a brand on doing just that. There was President George W. Bush's idea about privatizing Social Security, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s sweeping Medicare overhaul and current Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s idea of “sunsetting” major entitlement programs. As the president and the Congress launch budget negotiations ahead of the debt ceiling deadline, Biden is not going to let Republicans forget that history.

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