Marine Corps veteran Andrew Grant tucks a campaign flier into the hip pocket of his jeans, strides up the front walk, and rings the bell at a Spanish-style stucco home in this manicured suburb of Sacramento, Calif. ?I?m Andrew Grant, and I?m running for Congress,? the tall, athletic candidate tells retiree Don Holl, who cracks open the door and tentatively looks out. Across the United States, a growing number of veterans of recent wars ? both Democratic and Republican, men and women ? are volunteering to serve again by entering congressional races.
Despite all the talk of a ?blue wave? this November, Democrats are facing the real possibility that President Trump may break the mold ? again ? by holding on to his Republican majorities in Congress. ?Senate Democrats are very bullish about the direction of the 2018 elections,? Senator Van Hollen, chair of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, told a Monitor Breakfast Thursday.
When Larry and Malana Monson packed up their life in California and moved to this tiny town in southeast Ohio, they did so with the dream of opening a bakery and leading a simpler life. What they found was a community hungry for a place to gather to enjoy some living ? and, they hoped, the occasional cream puff. Built around the railroad when coal and other commodities poured out of Appalachia, Corning today is a one-stoplight village, its main street bookended by an American Legion and an Eagle?s fraternal order.
When a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus began creeping across communities in West Africa in early 2014, many on the ground quickly sounded the alarm. ?We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen,? said Mariano Lugli, a coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that April. It would take nearly four more months and nearly 900 more deaths, however, before the World Health Organization declared the outbreak ?a public health emergency of international concern,? and a massive global humanitarian response shuffled into place.