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How my mom’s death changed my thinking about end-of-life care

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica This story was co-published with The Washington Post. My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we’d gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die? It had been a grueling…

Kansas Democrats force amendment to include lawmakers in welfare drug tests

Democrats in Kansas were unable to kill a Republican bill to drug test welfare and unemployment recipients, but they were successful in adding an amendment that would require lawmakers to also face testing. Democratic state Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who opposes drug testing, said that she wanted to make sure that…

Parents of transgender first-grader sue after school blocked girls’ bathroom use

The family of a Colorado transgender girl has filed a discrimination suit after her school ordered her to stop using the girls’ bathroom. According to CNN, Jeremy and Kathryn Mathis, parents of first-grader Coy Mathis, have filed suit against the Fountain-Fort Carson School District under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act. “In the end we just…

Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch basketball game together

BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watched a basketball game with former Chicago Bulls’ star Dennis Rodman on Thursday, Chinese state media reported. In a dispatch from Pyongyang, China’s official Xinhua news agency said that Kim and Rodman watched a game consisting of players from North Korea and the…

Rep. Gwen Moore slams Republicans for cutting minority women out of anti-domestic violence legislation

Update: The House voted to pass the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday with a vote of 286-138, CNN reported. Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore (D) spoke passionately on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday as the legislative body prepares to take up the…

Watch live: Ex-pope departs the Vatican

NBC News Special Report: Pope Benedict XVI departs the Vatican aboard a helicopter for Castel Gandolfo in Lazio, Italy. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Feb. 28. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Watch live: Pelosi holds press conference on budget cuts

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi discusses Friday’s sequester deadline on Capitol Hill. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Feb. 28. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Texas school worker shot during district-sponsored gun training

A school employee in east Texas was shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety training class that was designed to get more guns in public schools. The Tyler Morning Telegraph on Thursday reported that Van Independent School District school board member Leslie Goode confirmed that “there was an accident…

Army denies requests to reveal results of PTSD study

Multiple public information requests for the results of an extensive inquiry into the treatment of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been denied according to NBC News, but the Army says the results will be made public sooner or later. The probe centers on Madigan Army Medical Center in…

Minnesota Republican rep.: LGBT ‘lifestyle’ is ‘an unhealthy, sexual addiction’

Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) says that he opposes marriage rights for LGBT people because he believes that homosexuality is a choice and a “sexual addiction.” Supporters of same sex marriage in Minnesota on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marriage equality after voters defeated a GOP effort to…

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