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  1. PolitiFact: 6 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency

    Perspective

    Now that a Senate health care bill has been unveiled, senators will be jousting over its provisions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks following a closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington on June 20. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
  2. Column: A superhero power for our time is how to handle the truth

    Perspective

    The nuances of how people react when faced with the truth have come into focus in today's increasingly polarized political climate.

  3. Column: What American Exceptionalism means in the era of Trump

    Perspective

    Donald Trump loves autocrats. Over the past couple of months, the White House has welcomed Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Trump has also invited the Philippines' murderous Rodrigo Duterte. Can Vladimir Putin be far behind? Saudi Arabia's treatment of dissidents would make the …

    President Donald Trump holds a sword and sways with traditional dancers during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh.
  4. Perspective: Rural America is supportive of Trump, but it's not monolithic

    Perspective

    Rural America has often backed Republicans in presidential elections, but rarely with the enthusiasm they showed for President Donald Trump in 2016. More sparsely populated areas of the country form the heart of Trump Nation and continue to provide majority support for a president who has faced near-constant controversy …

    This roadside store in Bethel Springs, Tenn., started as a fruit stand and later sold pottery. Trump’s rural approval ratings are 22 points higher than among city dwellers, but views aren’t monolithic.
  5. Andrew Gillum looks like Democrats' best hope for governor, but will email scandal hurt him?

    State Roundup

    In politics, timing often trumps skill.

    Marco Rubio likely would not be in the U.S. Senate had he sensibly shied from challenging then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist just as the tea party movement burst onto the scene. Jeb Bush very well might be president had he run in any year other than 2016. And Democrat Alex …

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the meeting of the Tiger Bay Club at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on May 31. (Hali Tauxe/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  6. Column: My luckiest career break was when my husband took the lead at home

    Perspective

    In January, I got a lucky career break. It wasn't a promotion or a job offer. My husband left his law firm job to start his own firm from home. I knew the change would be good for him, but I had no idea how good it would be for me.

    Pile of colorful clothes over white background.
  7. Column: Conservatives say Muslims need to stop terrorism. I wish we could.

    Perspective

    Last weekend's attack on the London Bridge was horrific and jarring, especially coming on the heels of the Manchester attack. In the aftermath of such events, we look for people to blame.

    Bullet holes pock a wall at an army-run school a day after an attack by the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2014.
  8. PolitiFact: The power of fact-checking in a post-truth world

    National

    Here's a quick test: Think about how Donald Trump announced he was running for president. Now, do the same for Hillary Clinton.

    Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  9. A Little Perspective: Finland's baby boxes; the nose knows; roaches go belly up; and chocolate

    Perspective

    Finland's way to reduce infant deaths

    The boxes are popular in Finland, where the infant mortality rate — 1.7 deaths per 1,000 live births — is less than one-third that of the United States.
  10. Jeffrey Gettleman's 'Love, Africa' is a hair-raising memoir packed with affection

    Books

    Jeffrey Gettleman's new memoir, Love, Africa, wraps two love stories inside a swashbuckling, sometimes hair-rising account of the author's life as a foreign correspondent.

    Jeffrey Gettleman, author of Love, Africa, interviews Ethiopian rebels in the Ogaden Desert with his wife, Courtenay Morris, in 2007.
  11. Column: My 30 years of covering the Florida Legislature

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE

    Florida has it all: a state bird, state reptile and a state song.

    Steve Bousquet in the old House press gallery working on a Radio Shack TRS-80, the dependable “Trash 80.”
  12. Really, you're not going to change your mind

    Perspective

    A troubling feature of political disagreement in the United States today is that many issues on which liberals and conservatives hold divergent views are questions not of value but of fact.

  13. PolitiFact: If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

    National

    If you've seen a fake news story on the Internet, there's a good chance it came from the mind of a 45-year-old Maine man who umpires Little League games.

    Christopher Blair is the blogger who writes for TheLastLineOfDefense.org.
  14. Column: Why it's so hard to admit you're wrong

    Perspective

    Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong.

  15. Perspective: As the toll climbs, advocates bring renewed attention to Florida gun violence

    Perspective

    Times Staff Writer

    Like most 12-year-old girls, Ra'Mya Eunice loved slumber parties.

    The Empire State Building in New York City was bathed in tangerine light last year to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was part of the Wear Orange campaign led by the non-profit Everytown for Gun Safety. [Courtesy of Everytown for Gun Safety]
  16. Why do people even hold hands, anyway?

    Human Interest

    Nothing lit up the internet this week quite like hand holding, or the lack of it.

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte.
  17. PolitiFact: Iowa's individual market is teetering, but it's not necessarily a sign Obamacare is collapsing

    Perspective

    Whatever your view of the health care debate, the news out of Iowa isn't good. In April, two large insurers, Wellmark and Aetna, said they would not offer health insurance policies on Iowa's federal health insurance marketplace in 2018. Medica, the only remaining insurer, recently said it too might pull the plug next …

    A protester outside a Cedar Rapids town hall meeting with Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa. (Getty Images)
  18. Column: My patient was 25, and I knew she was dying. How could I tell her?

    Perspective

    What do you do when you know someone is going to die? I'm not talking about death when it comes at the end of a long protracted illness or a terminal diagnosis. Or the final act at the end of a long life, when the body and mind have ultimately given way. I'm talking about when you realize the 25-year-old woman in front …

  19. Column: If liberals hate him, then Trump must be doing something right

    Perspective

    If there was one principle that used to unite conservatives, it was respect for the rule of law. Not long ago, conservatives would have been horrified at wholesale violations of the norms and traditions of our political system, and would have been appalled by a president who showed overt contempt for the separation of …

    Protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, Monday, May 15, 2017, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in Seattle over Hawaii's lawsuit challenging the travel ban, which would suspend the nation's refugee program and temporarily bar new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW101
  20. From podcasts to singing, finding small joys in commuting Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    There are some things to get out of the way. Before you finish the wine, you have to do dealbreakers. I killed a man in Cincy. I collect clown socks. I have a lower back Gwar tattoo.