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A Way Out for Puerto Rico?

Former Sen. Judd Gregg discusses Congress’s debt restructuring plan and whether Republicans will support it.

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How Geography Changes Life Expectancy for America's Poorest

America's poorest citizens have shorter lifespans than wealthier Americans, and new research finds that gap is growing. But the study also found that the poor who live in affluent and highly educated cities live longer than those who live in other areas. Judy Woodruff learns more from Raj Chetty of Stanford University. JUDY WOODRUFF: Now: the connections between income, geography, and life....

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The Stories Behind the Unseen Eviction Crisis

Every year, American families are evicted from their homes in the millions. But while economic controversies like unemployment rates and welfare reform continue to grab headlines, the eviction crisis has gone largely unreported. Sociologist Matthew Desmond examined the experiences of evicted families for his new book “Evicted,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss what he learned. .

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Congressional Fundraising

Lawmakers have to raise money to keep their jobs, but a surprising amount of their job now consists of raising money. John Oliver sits down with Congressman Steve Israel to discuss the costs of political spending. .

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Skyrocketing Rents Squeeze Senior Citizens

Finding affordable rentals can be a challenge for anyone living in major metropolitan areas. But senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to market forces.

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Getting Beyond Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Some Fitful Starts

Six years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the oft-predicted decline of employer-based health insurance shows few signs of arriving in the near future. Nevertheless, many businesses and workers remain apprehensive about future cost and regulatory burdens, and they continue to explore new ways to expand employee choice, increase health care value, and improve health outcomes. To....

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Why You Should Care About Nuclear Weapons

Physicist Max Tegmark of MIT explains why nuclear weapons are even more dangerous than most people first thought and what the biggest threat from nuclear weapons actually is. MAX TEGMARK: The biggest threat from nuclear weapons is a global nuclear-induced winter in which the fires and the smoke from as few as a few thousand nukes could darken the atmosphere enough to plunge Earth into a....

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Joe Biden: Blocking Merrick Garland Sets Up "Genuine Constitutional Crisis"

Speaking at Georgetown Law School, Vice President Joe Biden said that Senate Republicans' decision to not consider Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is leading to a 'genuine constitutional crisis.' JOE BIDEN: [Republicans] completely ignore the fact that at the time [of the so-called Biden Rule], I was speaking of the dangers of nominating an extreme candidate without proper Senate....

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The U.S.-Mexico Border Is Safe

Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) state the communities on the U.S.-Mexico border, specifically in Texas, are safe. Rep. Hurd says the images you see in movies like Sicario are not the reality and Rep. O’Rourke says apprehensions are running extremely low, there are more border patrol agents than 10 years ago, and budgets have never been bigger for border security. WILL....

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