White House plans to unveil health-care initiative
As many Democratic presidential candidates place health-care front and center, the White House is also hoping to unveil its own health-care initiatives ahead of the 2020 election. 

“It’s no secret,” says Washington Post health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb “that President Trump is very eager to make Republicans the party of health care.”

But that effort is not without backlash from Republican legislators and strategists, Abutaleb says. The administration is planning to forge ahead with a two-pronged health-care initiative on an ambitious timeline. 

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Teens and e-cigarettes addiction
The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in the last two years, but its effect on heavy users -- especially teens -- is not fully understood. Addiction to e-cigarettes, such as Juul, is having previously unseen consequences among teens. 

Education reporter Moriah Balingit spoke to teens struggling with addiction to e-cigarettes. “What these kids were describing,” she says, “sounded really unbearable. ... the nicotine withdrawal was so severe that it would really dramatically impact their mood and made them sort of impossibly irritable, and they were displaying behaviors that really frightened their parents.” 

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The Fed’s risky cut 
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it plans to lower interest rates despite a historically low unemployment rate. Heather Long explains why the Fed’s actions this week would be the most significant of Chair Jerome Powell’s 1½-year tenure. 

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White House plans to unveil health-care initiative
As many Democratic presidential candidates place health-care front and center, the White House is also hoping to unveil its own health-care initiatives ahead of the 2020 election. 

“It’s no secret,” says Washington Post health policy reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb “that President Trump is very eager to make Republicans the party of health care.”

But that effort is not without backlash from Republican legislators and strategists, Abutaleb says. The administration is planning to forge ahead with a two-pronged health-care initiative on an ambitious timeline. 

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Teens and e-cigarettes addiction
The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in the last two years, but its effect on heavy users -- especially teens -- is not fully understood. Addiction to e-cigarettes, such as Juul, is having previously unseen consequences among teens. 

Education reporter Moriah Balingit spoke to teens struggling with addiction to e-cigarettes. “What these kids were describing,” she says, “sounded really unbearable. ... the nicotine withdrawal was so severe that it would really dramatically impact their mood and made them sort of impossibly irritable, and they were displaying behaviors that really frightened their parents.” 

More on this topic:


The Fed’s risky cut 
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it plans to lower interest rates despite a historically low unemployment rate. Heather Long explains why the Fed’s actions this week would be the most significant of Chair Jerome Powell’s 1½-year tenure. 

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