Scripted Trump does little to convince skeptics on border wall:

President Donald Trump delivered his scripted response to the deepening Washington stalemate over his border wall on Tuesday night. But when he’s free to tweet and with cameras rolling during a Wednesday morning appearance, America could find out what he really thinks.

Penned in by the formal stagecraft of his first Oval Office address, the President did little to pry open the partially shuttered government or bring the ultimate monument to his political movement — a wall along the southern border — any closer to construction.
But Trump’s behavior in the wake of a big set piece moment is often dictated by his reaction to how everybody else scores his performance

Democratic leaders dig in on wall fight: ‘Trump must stop holding the American people hostage’:

Only minutes after President Donald Trump gave his first prime-time address from the Oval Office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took to the airwaves to blame him for the partial government shutdown, which has now stretched to its 18th day, the second-longest ever.

The back-to-back speeches deepened the sense that a solution won’t present itself any time soon, revealing yet again the lack of support on Capitol Hill for Trump’s wall — and the President’s rigid response to the Democrats’ unwillingness to haggle.
“President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis and must reopen the government,” Pelosi said.

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ spurs follow-up calls from DA, attorney for alleged victim’s family says:

R. Kelly could be facing an investigation in Georgia after the airing of a Lifetime documentary series that chronicled allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia against the singer.

Gerald Griggs, an attorney for the family of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women featured in “Surviving R. Kelly,” said the Fulton County District Attorney reached out to Griggs a few days ago, after the show aired.
Griggs said the Fulton County DA is conducting an investigation into Kelly.
Chris Hopper, the public information officer for the Fulton County DA, said he had “no comment” after being asked if there was an open investigation of Kelly in Georgia

US cancer death rate hits 25 years of decline, study:

The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States seems to have dropped steadily for 25 years, a new study says, but disparities remain between the rich and the poor.

The overall nationwide cancer death rate fell continuously from 1991 to 2016 by a total of 27%, according to a study by the American Cancer Society, published Tuesday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
That translates to about 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths total than would have been expected if death rates stayed at their peak, which was seen in 1991, according to the study.

Flu shot may be more effective than nasal vaccine, study says:

When it comes to vaccinating yourself — or your kids — against the flu, there are two options in the United States: a traditional shot or a nasal spray.

Yet among children, the nasal spray appeared to have reduced effectiveness against the flu, compared with the shot, in past flu seasons, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
That finding, which involved analyzing data from several previous studies, seems to align with existing research.
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