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This year's flu shot is less than 50% effective, CDC says

Don't let your guard down: The US flu season is expected to continue for several more weeks, with activity across the nation now elevated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A flu shot is still recommended for those who have neglected to get one, but the CDC estimated this year's vaccine's overall effectiveness in preventing an infection at just 47%.

State Dept. not consulting with Congress on Russia sanctions

The US State Department is continuing to punt on its congressionally mandated obligations to hold Russia accountable for poisoning an ex-spy in the United Kingdom, and despite its continued insistence that it would consult with Congress on the matter, multiple Hill sources tell CNN no such consultations have occurred.

McConnell: Trump to sign budget, declare national emergency

President Donald Trump plans to sign a compromise border security measure in conjunction with declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a border wall, ending for now a bitter standoff with Congress over his signature campaign promise but likely sparking a new constitutional dispute.

Republican senators pray Trump signs bill to avert shutdown

Republican lawmakers are directly urging President Donald Trump on Thursday to sign a bill to avert a government shutdown, underscoring the uncertainty on Capitol Hill in whether Trump is on board just hours before Congress is supposed to vote on the package.

EPA unveils plan for non-stick chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan for dealing with hazardous non-stick PFAS chemicals has advocates for safe drinking water asking: Why not do more, and why not act sooner?

Every year, these Washington men give roses to widows, military wives

Eight years ago, Seth Stewart, 28, and one of his three brothers decided to pass out two dozen roses to their single friends for Valentine's Day. The community got wind of their generosity, and the next year they began receiving requests, turning a small idea into an annual tradition.