Congress passed legislation on mental health, drugs, pandemic preparedness, new Medicare benefits and Medicaid expansion — all before the arrival of the new House.The $1.7 trillion spending bill moving through Congress contains more than 7,200 earmarks for projects in lawmakers’ home states and districts.At the surface, Congress is a total mess. Below, it’s actually getting some big stuff done.

Prosecutors declined to pursue criminal charges against Araiza, the former Buffalo Bills rookie punter who was accused of raping a 17-year-old high school student in a lawsuit filed in San Diego.Readers disagree about the value of compulsory Junior R.O.T.C. programs. Also: Trump’s tax returns; drug policy; justice technology; local news.Three splashy events this week were meant to prove that the former British colony was still “Asia’s World City.” But Covid exemptions were provided for visitors from overseas, especially the wealthy ones.How Mexico can qualify for the next round of the 2022 World Cup.

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Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” an art exhibition on lace and a Broadway debut are all among the things to see this weekend.James Reginato’s new book about the oil baron J. Paul Getty and his many descendants argues that the family isn’t especially dysfunctional — by the standards of the very rich.A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.It’s the one exercise most of us should be doing. But we need to do it right.

Russian soccer teams and clubs were barred from all European competitions, including the Champions League, for the 2022-23 season.Outlook for This Week in the Nation’s Capital
Congress. The House and Senate are both in session this week. The House will first meet on Monday when they are scheduled to consider several bills under suspension of rules including legislation on rural opioid abuse prevention, community disaster resilience zones, data mapping, and ca. At a time when they have become a popular accessory for celebrities to carry, books are also gaining appeal as a takeaway for wedding guests.

Tears for Fears are returning with their first new album in 18 years. The group is one of a number of veteran bands releasing fresh music after lengthy pauses.Florida Sen. Rick Scott explains why he likes parts of the omnibus spending bill but can’t support many other parts.Unbeknown to the author of an uninspired romance novel, the book takes a sharp turn into erotic territory in its Spanish-language release.Lawyers made closing arguments on Friday in the federal trial involving four men with militia ties who are accused of conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

New Rule on Surprise Billing Aims to Take Patients Out of the ‘Food Fight’ (Published 2021)

Neutral arbiters are given guidance on how to settle disputes between insurers and medical providers.Backed into a corner financially, the private equity–owned physician staffing company could put doctors and patients at risk.Many people with Omicron infections may still be contagious beyond five days of isolation, a new report suggests.Gil Hodges struggled to make the Hall of Fame because voters had to consider him as a player or as a manager. Hodges was decidedly both and is finally headed to Cooperstown.The study was an accident. The results show the positive effects of health insurance.The city board that sets rents on regulated apartments said one-year leases might be kept as is and two-year leases might rise slightly.

Simon Winchester’s “Land” is a sweeping survey of territorial battles throughout history and the injustices they have spawned.Part of the U.S. debate over health care is really a debate over the definition of freedom.Making voting convenient doesn’t necessarily translate into more votes, research shows.The House voted Wednesday to require background checks for all gun purchasers, the first major expansion of gun control laws in over two decades.

She was struck as she was walking near the corner of Seventh Avenue and 49th Street in Midtown Manhattan, officials said.After a high-profile murder trial, Judge Tammy Kemp ignited a debate about the limits of compassion.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the anti-declawing bill into law on Monday. New York is the first state in the country to ban the practice.The San Francisco police rookie, Christopher Samayoa, was on his fourth day of field training when he shot and killed Keita O’Neil, an unarmed carjacking suspect, the authorities said.People and companies with vested interest in sustaining the U.S.-China relationship are stepping in as ties fray between the two countries.Repeated studies on a health bogeyman help explain wider problems with food research.