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Virginia Lawmakers Schedule Special Session To Debate Medicaid Expansion

Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment are planning to call a special session in late September.

They said the special session was a fulfillment of promises Republicans made during a months-long budget impasse earlier this year to give a full and fair debate to Medicaid expansion, which both Howell and Norment said they continue to oppose.

Most Republicans oppose expanding Medicaid, while Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and most Democratic lawmakers support it. The governor has vowed to try and expand federally funded healthcare for the poor without legislative approval.

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From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
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Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.
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Supreme Court Declines Trump Resorts Case That Stripped Workers' Benefits

When Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy in 2014, it won a ruling from a federal bankruptcy judge stripping casino workers of their health insurance and payments to the pension fund.
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Hillary Clinton's Emails

Hillary Clinton is under pressure after a State Department report criticized her use of a private email server: what's in the report, potential security risks and whether it could affect Secretary Clinton's bid for the White House.

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