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Senator Marco Rubio

Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida, seems determined to shrug off the disappointment of a failed presidential race and show he is serious about the Senate, making up for lost time.

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Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?

Life spans increased in the second half of the 20th century in part because of innovations in the care for high-risk, premature infants.

Life spans increased in the second half of the 20th century in part because of innovations in the care for high-risk, premature infants. Kevin P. Casey for The New York Times

The United States health care system has many problems, but it also promotes more innovation than its counterparts in other nations. That’s why discussions of remaking American health care often raise concerns about threats to innovation.
But this fear is frequently misapplied and misunderstood.
First, let’s acknowledge that the United States is home to an outsize share of global innovation within the health care sector and more broadly. It has more clinical trials than any other country. It has the most Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine. It has won more patentsAt least one publication ranks it No. 1 in overall scientific innovation.
Strong promotion of innovation in health care is one reason the United States got as far as it did in our recent bracket tournament on the best health system in the world. Though the United States lost to France, 3-2, in the semifinals, it picked up its two votes in part because of its influence on innovation, which can save lives in the United States and throughout the world.
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Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee during a news conference on Capitol Hill last month.

Trump’s Fight with Corker Jeopardizes His Legislative Agenda


The heated exchange between President Trump and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is coming just as Mr. Trump needs virtually every Republican vote in the Senate for his tax cuts.

After White House Issues Demands, Hopes for an Immigration Deal Dim


Mr. Trump’s list of hard-line immigration measures revealed an unspoken truth: Optimism for a bipartisan deal to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers was very likely misplaced.

Ivana Trump, a Czech-born former model, ended her marriage with Donald J. Trump in what she called “brutal” divorce negotiations in 1992.

White House Reality Show Recap: Trump’s Ex-Wife Claims Title of First Lady


Melania Trump’s East Wing struck back at Mr. Trump’s first wife, Ivana, on Mondayfor jokingly referring to herself as first lady.

A navigator from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, left, helped a couple enroll in a health care plan in February 2015 in Carroll, Iowa. The group, Iowa’s largest for navigators, ended its counseling program this year after being told that its grant would be cut by 85 percent.

Cuts to Health Law Enrollment Efforts Are Hitting Counselors Hard


Even successful groups that help consumers enroll in insurance under Obamacare are finding their funding slashed. The Trump administration had promised its deepest cuts for those that performed poorly in signing people up.

Robert McCoy was adamant that he had not committed a triple murder, but his lawyer conceded his guilt in a bid to avoid the death penalty.

Facing the Death Penalty With a Disloyal Lawyer


The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a lawyer may concede his client’s guilt in a death penalty case, over the client’s objection.

Senator Dianne Feinstein in September. Ms. Feinstein disclosed on Twitter on Monday that she would seek a sixth term.

‘I Have the Energy’: Dianne Feinstein Makes Case for a Sixth Term


Some Democrats had hoped Senator Feinstein, 84, would step aside to make way for new Democratic blood. Not so. “I’m all in,” she announced on Twitter.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry in The Week:
“He has calibrated his retirement announcement to encourage speculation about a 2020 bid, for which his recent comments are clearly useful in positioning him as an establishment primary challenge to Trump. What is it, exactly, that anyone should respect here?”
Mr. Gobry sees nothing heroic in Senator Bob Corker’s recent criticism of the president in his interview with The New York Times. If the president were indeed a “toddler,” Mr. Gobry asks, why didn’t the senator from Tennessee say so earlier? Mr. Gobry agrees with Mr. Corker that President Trump has behaved in ways that are “grave and alarming.” The only difference is that Mr. Gobry has not “spent the past year obfuscating about that for political gain.” Read more »
From the Left
Jonah Shepp in New York Magazine:
“That Corker is the only Republican openly remarking on the irresponsibility of this behavior is, frankly, an indictment of the rest of the party.”
Mr. Shepp does not think that the president’s critics should give Mr. Corker and others like him too much credit. “They had enough evidence to know exactly what kind of erratic person they were hitching their wagons to last year, and went ahead and endorsed him anyway,” he writes. Read more »
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