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Beyond empathy

Voices | Merely feeling someone’s pain can lead to ‘help’ that does harm
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/05/17, 11:11 am

On May 22, 2011, a multiple-vortex EF5 tornado ripped up Joplin, Mo., leaving 149 corpses and a city of rubble in its wake. The following July, I spent three days there as a volunteer. I wasn’t sure what one woman could do without muscle or power tools, and honestly it didn’t seem like much. The first day I picked up trash on a couple of city streets, but the next two days I confronted piles of used clothing, canned goods, and stuffed toys to pick through. It felt like one of those fairy tales where the heroine has one night to sort a pile of rice and barley into separate bins.

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Congress returns to Washington with a long to-do list

by Evan Wilt
Posted 9/05/17, 10:50 am

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers began returning to the nation’s capital Tuesday with a long to-do list and little time to complete it. After a month-long break, Republicans are seeking to salvage 2017 after a disappointing legislative start. Up first, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., plans to hold a vote on emergency relief for Hurricane Harvey victims. On Friday, President Donald Trump requested close to $8 billion in aid. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to pass a disaster relief bill, but some conservatives are afraid of how Ryan might try to accomplish that goal.

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Who decides when life is worth living?

Life | Oregon man wants assisted-living facility to stop feeding his wife so she can die
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/04/17, 05:47 pm

An Oregon man wants healthcare workers at his wife’s assisted-living facility to stop offering her snacks—the extra calories have boosted the Alzheimer’s patient’s wispy weight far enough from the edge of death to worry him once again.

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