Feb 17, 2017

The fight to stop "right-to-die" laws is hitting a deadline

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The Republican movement to overturn D.C.'s aid-in-dying law, which allows terminally ill patients to get prescriptions to end their lives, is gaining ground in Congress, Kaiser Health News reports.

Time's running out: They have till the end of today to get the bills through the full House, Senate and President Trump if they want to overturn the law. (Trump has yet to take a stance on the issue.) Supporters of the law are worried that the attention the Republican campaign received could result in a ban on legal, assisted suicide nation-wide, even if they fail to change D.C.'s law today.

The status quo: The practice is legal in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, California and Montana and is being considered in 22 other states.

Why it matters: This fight has been building for a while, and could be another show of strength for Republicans now that they control the White House and Congress.

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Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make new changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 6,852,810 — Total deaths: 398,211 — Total recoveries — 3,071,142Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 p.m. ET: 1,917,080 — Total deaths: 109,702 — Total recoveries: 500,849 — Total tested: 19,778,873Map.
  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
  4. Tech: The pandemic is accelerating next-generation disease diagnostics — Robotics looks to copy software-as-a-service model.
  5. Business: Budgets busted by coronavirus make it harder for cities to address inequality Sports, film production in California to resume June 12 after 3-month hiatus.
  6. Education: Students and teachers flunked remote learning.

Why the coronavirus pandemic is hitting minorities harder

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The coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities has become a defining part of the pandemic.

The big picture: That's a result of myriad longstanding inequities within the health care system and the American economy.