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2:51 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

Nora Zamichow says if she and her husband, Mark Saylor, had known how doctors die, they might have made different treatment decisions for him toward the end of his life.
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Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal.

"I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life," she says. "I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, goodbye.' Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone's life."

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Obama To Meet With Vietnam's Communist Party Chief Amid Concern Over China

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter shakes hands with Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 1. Trong will meet with President Obama in the White House on Tuesday.
Luong Thai Linh EPA/Landov

Nguyen Phu Trong — the head of Vietnam's communist party and one of most powerful figures in the Southeast Asian nation — will meet with President Obama on Tuesday for a historic meeting aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations.

The 71-year-old party secretary said Friday that he hopes to build trust between Washington and Hanoi 20 years after President Bill Clinton normalized diplomatic ties and four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.

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The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev's Lawyers File Motion For New Trial

Less than two weeks after he was sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev has begun the process of seeking a new trial.

Tsnarnaev's lawyers filed a preliminary motion Monday that will reportedly seek to overturn his conviction and his death sentence. More from the Associated Press:

"The motion did not contain any details on what grounds they plan to argue, saying only that a new trial is 'required in the interests of justice.' "

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Book Reviews
1:54 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

Lydia Thompson NPR

I've just spent much of the past two weeks on my couch, reading suspense fiction. The result of all that heavy lifting is this list of recommendations — four thrillers, very different in style and M.O., but all deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.

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It's All Politics
1:46 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, their rapists, and some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said while announcing his campaign last month.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Republicans have been talking about reforming their party since President Obama's re-election in 2012. The recent Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare and the reversal of several Southern Republican governors on the Confederate battle flag gave the GOP a new chance. But, change can be hard.

In presidential years, the party has a math problem, according to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt.

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