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    News Analysis: On Health Care, 2020 Democrats Find Their First Real Fault Lines

    News Analysis: On Health Care, 2020 Democrats Find Their First Real Fault Lines


    Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is staking her early campaign, in part, on voters appreciating her candor in rejecting liberal wish-list...

    On one side of the debate, Bernie Sanders promises a single-payer revolution. On the other, Amy Klobuchar and Sherrod Brown are calling for incremental change.
    Supreme Court Puts Limits on Police Power to Seize Private Property

    Supreme Court Puts Limits on Police Power to Seize Private Property


    The Supreme Court has previously ruled that the Eighth Amendment, which bars “excessive fines,” limits the ability of the federal government to seize property, and has now ruled that it applies to states, as...

    Civil forfeiture laws, a popular way to raise revenue, have been the subject of criticism across the political spectrum.
    Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets

    Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets


    A view of Salt Lake City, which is home to several opportunity zones. An annual gathering of so-called impact investors held in the city earlier this month devoted much of the meeting to discussing the potential benefits of the...

    Hedge funds and other wealthy investors are plowing money into so-called opportunity zone funds, a creation of the 2017 tax law that provides incentives for spending on projects in poor areas.
    Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million After Announcing Presidential Bid

    Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million After Announcing Presidential Bid


    Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally in April before the start of a march honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in...

    The impressive early fund-raising haul by Mr. Sanders gives him bragging rights in a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates.
    Houston Police to End Use of ‘No-Knock’ Warrants After Deadly Drug Raid

    Houston Police to End Use of ‘No-Knock’ Warrants After Deadly Drug Raid


    The Houston Police Department said it would stop using so-called no-knock warrants after a drug raid last month in which four officers were shot and two suspects...

    The raid left two suspects dead and four officers shot. The practice has been criticized for placing officers, suspects and bystanders in avoidable danger.

    Threatening U.S., Putin Promises Russians Both Missiles and Butter


    President Vladimir V. Putin, facing falling popularity, talked of huge social spending and updated weapons. He did not say how he would pay for it...

    President Vladimir V. Putin, facing falling popularity, talked of huge social spending and updated weapons. He did not say how he would pay for it all.
    She Fought for Stronger Sexual Abuse Laws. Her Son Was the Reason.

    She Fought for Stronger Sexual Abuse Laws. Her Son Was the Reason.


    Margaret Markey, a former member of the New York State Assembly, first introduced the Child Victims Act in 2006 and continued to press for it annually. It passed last...

    For years, Margaret Markey, a former assemblywoman, pushed for the Child Victims Act, which recently passed. She was driven by her son’s own incident of abuse.
    Is the Future of ISIS Female?

    Is the Future of ISIS Female?


    Women are playing an increasingly important role in the insurgency — and security forces are not...

    Women are playing an increasingly important role in the insurgency — and security forces are not prepared.

    Has Republican Resistance to Trump Collapsed?


    William Weld has offered a glimmer of hope to NeverTrumpers. But many Republicans once opposed to the president are jumping on his 2020...

    William Weld has offered a glimmer of hope to NeverTrumpers. But many Republicans once opposed to the president are jumping on his 2020 bandwagon.
    Man Dies After Subway Train Drags Him Into Tunnel

    Man Dies After Subway Train Drags Him Into Tunnel


    Officials investigated the death of a man who was killed Tuesday night when he was dragged into a subway tunnel at Grand Central...

    A piece of the 39-year-old’s clothing or the strap of his bag apparently became caught on a train at Grand Central Terminal, witnesses said.
    Tesla General Counsel Quits After 2 Months in Latest Upheaval

    Tesla General Counsel Quits After 2 Months in Latest Upheaval


    Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, left center, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a plant in Shanghai last...

    Dane Butswinkas, a Washington trial lawyer, represented Elon Musk, the chief executive, when he was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    The Disappeared Children of Israel


    In the state of Israel’s early years, a number of parents in immigrant transit camps were told that their babies had died. Their families believe the babies were abducted by the Israeli authorities in the 1950s, and were illegally put up for adoption...

    In the state of Israel’s early years, a number of parents in immigrant transit camps were told that their babies had died. Their families believe the babies were abducted by the Israeli authorities in the 1950s, and were illegally put up for adoption to childless Ashkenazi families, Jews of European descent. A younger generation is demanding answers.
    The Stone: The Good-Enough Life

    The Stone: The Good-Enough Life


    The desire for greatness can be an obstacle to our own...

    The desire for greatness can be an obstacle to our own potential.
    For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

    For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds


    Erin Hawley playing video games with her family in Keyport, N.J. Ms. Hawley, who has muscular dystrophy, uses an adaptive controller recently released by Microsoft alongside its traditional Xbox One...

    An industrious community has for years devised workarounds to play video games. Microsoft’s new adaptive controller may allow even more people to play with their face, elbows and feet.
    2 American Wives of ISIS Militants Want to Return Home

    2 American Wives of ISIS Militants Want to Return Home


    Hoda Muthana with her son in Syria. Ms. Muthana was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama when she joined the Islamic State in 2014. She used Twitter to encourage terrorist attacks in the West, but now says she regrets it and wants to return to the...

    Held in a refugee camp in Syria, the two female recruits said they regretted joining the Islamic State and asked for a second chance.
    Fixes: A Comeback for African National Parks

    Fixes: A Comeback for African National Parks


    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is a rare success story. The number of large mammals there has increased more than 700 percent over the past...

    As wildlife authorities on the continent work with nonprofit organizations to secure ecologically valuable landscapes, populations of large mammals have grown.
    The Madness of King Donald

    The Madness of King Donald


    President Trump delivering the State of the Union...

    The new BBC production of “King Lear” is great fun — and an uncomfortable reflection of American politics these days.
    Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way

    Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way


    Nick Bickford, from Manchester, N.H., said he became addicted to heroin when he was 16. He said the state should get its opioid crisis under control before it considered legalizing...

    While nearby states have pushed to legalize recreational pot, some people in New Hampshire are resisting. After opioids, they wonder why anyone would expand access to drugs.
    An Istanbul ‘Timekeeper’ Who Believes in Taking It Slow

    An Istanbul ‘Timekeeper’ Who Believes in Taking It Slow


    Sevan Bicakci in his atelier in Istanbul last month. For years, collectors and film producers have sought out his ornate rings, and he has now created his first collection of...

    Sevan Bicakci spent more than nine years creating the 85 pieces in his first watch collection.
    What Is Wrong With Afghanistan’s Peace Process

    What Is Wrong With Afghanistan’s Peace Process


    A sign on a car in Kabul last week showed a Taliban member beating a woman and read, “Afghanistan will not go...

    A hasty American withdrawal will jeopardize hard-won gains such as constitutional rights, citizens’ rights and democratic institutions.
    Venezuela’s Border Standoff

    Venezuela’s Border Standoff


    The military should stand down and allow in urgently needed food and medical...

    The military should stand down and allow in urgently needed food and medical supplies.

    The Catholic Church Is Breaking People’s Hearts


    It fires gay workers, vilifies gay priests and alienates parishioners who can’t make any sense of...

    It fires gay workers, vilifies gay priests and alienates parishioners who can’t make any sense of this.
    Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness

    Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness


    Finding out you have a chronic illness — one that will, by definition, never go away — changes things, both for you and those you...

    Finding out you have a chronic illness — one that will, by definition, never go away — changes things, both for you and those you love.
    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time


    A Western small-footed bat being wrested from its torpor and collected for study in an abandoned mining cave near Ely,...

    Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome.

    8 Ways to Avoid Buying a Bad Mattress


    Planning to take advantage of Presidents’ Day mattress sales? Here are eight pitfalls to avoid so you buy a mattress you’ll happily sleep on for...

    Planning to take advantage of Presidents’ Day mattress sales? Here are eight pitfalls to avoid so you buy a mattress you’ll happily sleep on for years.
    Crowdwise: What to Say (and What Not to Say) to Someone Who’s Grieving

    Crowdwise: What to Say (and What Not to Say) to Someone Who’s Grieving


    A little empathy goes a long way, especially when someone is recovering from the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, even when some of us mean well, we make the situation worse. Here’s how to avoid...

    A little empathy goes a long way, especially when someone is recovering from the loss of a loved one. Unfortunately, even when some of us mean well, we make the situation worse. Here’s how to avoid it.

    Shopping Guide: Shopping for Coat Trees


    The newest ones aren’t just for coats — and they’re as eye-catching as they are...

    The newest ones aren’t just for coats — and they’re as eye-catching as they are functional.
    The Checkup: Sometimes, Parenting Is Boring

    The Checkup: Sometimes, Parenting Is Boring


    Taking care of a young child can be the most fascinating thing in the world, but there are times, let’s face it, when it is...

    Taking care of a young child can be the most fascinating thing in the world, but there are times, let’s face it, when it is not.