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Federal and state governments are pumping billions of dollars into addiction care to fight the opioid crisis. But industry oversight hasn’t kept up, leaving patients vulnerable to fraud, abuse and ineffective treatment.
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There are few tools to help patients navigate a maze of treatment options that include both inpatient and outpatient medical facilities — as well as “sober living” or “recovery homes,” which have roots in abstinence and faith. And it’s immensely more complicated for patients with little money.
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Meanwhile, the opioid epidemic remains the biggest American public health crisis in decades, arguably since the emergence of AIDS. It kills about 130 people a day. Link in bio for the full story.

Federal and state governments are pumping billions of dollars into addiction care to fight the opioid crisis. But industry oversight hasn’t kept up, leaving patients vulnerable to fraud, abuse and ineffective treatment. 🔸 There are few tools to help patients navigate a maze of treatment options that include both inpatient and outpatient medical facilities — as well as “sober living” or “recovery homes,” which have roots in abstinence and faith. And it’s immensely more complicated for patients with little money. 🔸 Meanwhile, the opioid epidemic remains the biggest American public health crisis in decades, arguably since the emergence of AIDS. It kills about 130 people a day. Link in bio for the full story.

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This week in review: High drama gripped the Capitol as lawmakers attempted to conduct regular business amid the bleakest week yet of the partial government shutdown. Swipe 👈for @smahaskey’s shots from the Capitol this week. 
Rep. Adam Schiff talks to reporters, after President Trump canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned use of military aircraft in retaliation for her suggestion that he delay his State of the Union address. A Smithsonian employee, who says she is at risk of losing her apartment, stands alongside other furloughed workers as they bring unpaid bills to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. William Barr, President Trump's pick to be the next Attorney General, listens as senators pepper him with questions on the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings.

This week in review: High drama gripped the Capitol as lawmakers attempted to conduct regular business amid the bleakest week yet of the partial government shutdown. Swipe 👈for @smahaskey’s shots from the Capitol this week. Rep. Adam Schiff talks to reporters, after President Trump canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned use of military aircraft in retaliation for her suggestion that he delay his State of the Union address. A Smithsonian employee, who says she is at risk of losing her apartment, stands alongside other furloughed workers as they bring unpaid bills to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. William Barr, President Trump's pick to be the next Attorney General, listens as senators pepper him with questions on the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings.

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The third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday — this time on Day 29 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
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The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, is generally regarded as the largest protest in the nation’s capital since the Vietnam era. But this year was a more modest affair. An estimated 100,000 protesters packed several blocks around Freedom Plaza, just east of the White House, holding a daylong rally.
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The original plan was to gather on the National Mall. But with the forecast calling for snow and freezing rain and the National Park Service no longer plowing snow because of the shutdown, organizers on Thursday changed the march's location and route. Preparations for this year's march were also roiled by an intense ideological debate among the movement's leadership, including accusations of anti-Semitism. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

The third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday — this time on Day 29 of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. 🔸 The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, is generally regarded as the largest protest in the nation’s capital since the Vietnam era. But this year was a more modest affair. An estimated 100,000 protesters packed several blocks around Freedom Plaza, just east of the White House, holding a daylong rally. 🔸 The original plan was to gather on the National Mall. But with the forecast calling for snow and freezing rain and the National Park Service no longer plowing snow because of the shutdown, organizers on Thursday changed the march's location and route. Preparations for this year's march were also roiled by an intense ideological debate among the movement's leadership, including accusations of anti-Semitism. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

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President Donald Trump on Saturday proposed an immigration deal to end the government shutdown. But the overture had already been rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who said it largely repackaged a proposal that had failed earlier.
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In an address from the White House, Trump offered to provide temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants along with other measures in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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The approach offered little hope for ending the government shutdown, which has entered its fifth week. Democrats insisted they would not negotiate on anything while the government remained partially closed. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would test Democratic unity anyway, announcing plans to put Trump's proposal up for a vote next week. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 AP Photo

President Donald Trump on Saturday proposed an immigration deal to end the government shutdown. But the overture had already been rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who said it largely repackaged a proposal that had failed earlier. 🔸 In an address from the White House, Trump offered to provide temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants along with other measures in exchange for $5.7 billion in funding for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 🔸 The approach offered little hope for ending the government shutdown, which has entered its fifth week. Democrats insisted they would not negotiate on anything while the government remained partially closed. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would test Democratic unity anyway, announcing plans to put Trump's proposal up for a vote next week. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 AP Photo

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Democrats are rallying behind a “Green New Deal,” rookie Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical proposal to decarbonize the American economy.
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While it sounds like a fresh idea, some are looking back to Barack Obama’s 2009 climate package that poured $90 billion into clean electricity, renewable fuels, advanced batteries, energy efficiency and a slew of other green initiatives. If you haven’t heard of it, that’s because it’s part of an even larger and more controversial piece of legislation: The $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus.
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The short-term goal of the stimulus was to save the economy from a depression, but its long-term push to move the economy toward clean energy was overlooked. Now, Democrats are studying the green stimulus as a potential inspiration for a Green New Deal, as well as a cautionary tale. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 AP Photo

Democrats are rallying behind a “Green New Deal,” rookie Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical proposal to decarbonize the American economy. 🔸 While it sounds like a fresh idea, some are looking back to Barack Obama’s 2009 climate package that poured $90 billion into clean electricity, renewable fuels, advanced batteries, energy efficiency and a slew of other green initiatives. If you haven’t heard of it, that’s because it’s part of an even larger and more controversial piece of legislation: The $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus. 🔸 The short-term goal of the stimulus was to save the economy from a depression, but its long-term push to move the economy toward clean energy was overlooked. Now, Democrats are studying the green stimulus as a potential inspiration for a Green New Deal, as well as a cautionary tale. Link in bio for the full story. 📷 AP Photo

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The longest government shutdown in U.S. history will scar the federal bureaucracy and U.S. economy long after workers return. The feds will struggle to dig out of a backlog of hiring and training that’s essential to pushing out tax refunds, protecting U.S. borders and guiding air traffic. Government contractors are expected to jack up prices on everything from helicopters to IT support, growing wise to an administration that doesn’t pay its bills for weeks on end. And the agriculture industry, real estate sector, oil drillers and global investors are all bracing for years of cascading setbacks spurred by the pause in government loans, permitting and deal-making approval. The effects of the shutdown could last months, if not years, said former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Link in bio for more on how the shutdown will inflict lasting damage. 📸: Getty

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history will scar the federal bureaucracy and U.S. economy long after workers return. The feds will struggle to dig out of a backlog of hiring and training that’s essential to pushing out tax refunds, protecting U.S. borders and guiding air traffic. Government contractors are expected to jack up prices on everything from helicopters to IT support, growing wise to an administration that doesn’t pay its bills for weeks on end. And the agriculture industry, real estate sector, oil drillers and global investors are all bracing for years of cascading setbacks spurred by the pause in government loans, permitting and deal-making approval. The effects of the shutdown could last months, if not years, said former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Link in bio for more on how the shutdown will inflict lasting damage. 📸: Getty

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is denying aspects of a blockbuster BuzzFeed news report that Trump instructed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about dealings related to a Trump Tower Moscow project under consideration during the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s normally tight-lipped operation issued a statement Friday night indicating that the BuzzFeed report contained inaccuracies, at least with respect to its statements about the information gathered by the special counsel’s team. Mueller spokesman Peter Carr did not elaborate on specifics. Trump quickly took Twitter to react to the news, retweeting messages from supporters who’d expressed suspicion about the report. Buzzfeed says it stands by its reporting and are working to determine what exactly Mueller is disputing. Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office is denying aspects of a blockbuster BuzzFeed news report that Trump instructed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about dealings related to a Trump Tower Moscow project under consideration during the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s normally tight-lipped operation issued a statement Friday night indicating that the BuzzFeed report contained inaccuracies, at least with respect to its statements about the information gathered by the special counsel’s team. Mueller spokesman Peter Carr did not elaborate on specifics. Trump quickly took Twitter to react to the news, retweeting messages from supporters who’d expressed suspicion about the report. Buzzfeed says it stands by its reporting and are working to determine what exactly Mueller is disputing. Link in bio for the full story. 📸: Getty

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Anti-abortion marchers took to the streets of Washington, D.C., on Friday for the March for Life.  The anti-abortion movement is expected to lobby the Trump administration to prevent federal funding to Planned Parenthood and clinics like it. On Thursday, Senate Republicans failed to muster the 60 votes it required to ban federal funding of abortion, a largely symbolic effort timed to coincide with the country’s largest annual anti-abortion demonstration. The Senate vote was the first on an anti-abortion measure since Republicans narrowly expanded their majority in the chamber in the 2018 midterms. Swipe ← for scenes from the march. 📸: @smahaskey

Anti-abortion marchers took to the streets of Washington, D.C., on Friday for the March for Life.  The anti-abortion movement is expected to lobby the Trump administration to prevent federal funding to Planned Parenthood and clinics like it. On Thursday, Senate Republicans failed to muster the 60 votes it required to ban federal funding of abortion, a largely symbolic effort timed to coincide with the country’s largest annual anti-abortion demonstration. The Senate vote was the first on an anti-abortion measure since Republicans narrowly expanded their majority in the chamber in the 2018 midterms. Swipe ← for scenes from the march. 📸: @smahaskey

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the Trump administration of leaking news that her delegation planned to salvage their Afghanistan trip by flying commercial, saying the disclosure made the situation “much more dangerous” for her and others. The move injected more drama into the controversy after President Trump made a very public show of grounding the military aircraft that was originally set aside for the trip. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 @smahaskey

Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the Trump administration of leaking news that her delegation planned to salvage their Afghanistan trip by flying commercial, saying the disclosure made the situation “much more dangerous” for her and others. The move injected more drama into the controversy after President Trump made a very public show of grounding the military aircraft that was originally set aside for the trip. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 @smahaskey

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President Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February, the White House said Friday. The announcement came minutes after Trump met with a top North Korean official in the Oval Office for over an hour—a noteworthy meeting since North Korean officials in the U.S. are generally barred from traveling much beyond New York City, where they have an office at the United Nations. The official was reported to be carrying a letter for Trump from Kim Jong Un, the latest of several missives the two heads of state have exchanged. Link in bio for two of the locations being floated for the February meeting. 📸 AP Photo

President Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February, the White House said Friday. The announcement came minutes after Trump met with a top North Korean official in the Oval Office for over an hour—a noteworthy meeting since North Korean officials in the U.S. are generally barred from traveling much beyond New York City, where they have an office at the United Nations. The official was reported to be carrying a letter for Trump from Kim Jong Un, the latest of several missives the two heads of state have exchanged. Link in bio for two of the locations being floated for the February meeting. 📸 AP Photo

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is suspending the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. Bucher drew frustration and anger from Republicans during the 2018 election cycle, when her county was seen as a key factor in three statewide recounts. She's also a former Democratic member of the Florida House. “Bucher violated court orders, polluted provisional ballots w ballots not approved by the canvassing board, failed 2 maintain equipment & even overheated elections equipment by jamming it w a paper clip,” U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a DeSantis adviser, tweeted Friday. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he is suspending the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher. Bucher drew frustration and anger from Republicans during the 2018 election cycle, when her county was seen as a key factor in three statewide recounts. She's also a former Democratic member of the Florida House. “Bucher violated court orders, polluted provisional ballots w ballots not approved by the canvassing board, failed 2 maintain equipment & even overheated elections equipment by jamming it w a paper clip,” U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a DeSantis adviser, tweeted Friday. Link in bio for the full story. 📸 Getty Images

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“We call ourselves the badasses,” Rep. Chrissy Houlahan said of the group of five female former service women in the 116th Congress’ freshman class. Left to right, Elissa Slotkin is a former CIA analyst, Elaine Luria is a former Navy officer and commander, Mikie Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot, Houlahan is a former Air Force officer and Abigail Spanberger is a former CIA operations officer. Tap our link in bio to see what they each had to say about being a woman in the history-making 116th Congress. 📸 @jasongrow

“We call ourselves the badasses,” Rep. Chrissy Houlahan said of the group of five female former service women in the 116th Congress’ freshman class. Left to right, Elissa Slotkin is a former CIA analyst, Elaine Luria is a former Navy officer and commander, Mikie Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot, Houlahan is a former Air Force officer and Abigail Spanberger is a former CIA operations officer. Tap our link in bio to see what they each had to say about being a woman in the history-making 116th Congress. 📸 @jasongrow

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