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^Argentina election raises doubts about Trump's bet on right-wing leaders<

ARGENTINA-ELECTION:LA — The White House is bracing for the likely electoral defeat of Argentina's conservative, pro-U.S. government, the latest example of how shifting Latin American politics are complicating President Donald Trump's agenda in the region, including ousting Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro and stemming the flood of refugees to the U.S.

The diminution of partners for Trump stems from his preference for and reliance on right-wing leaders in Latin America just as they are increasingly falling out of favor with voters amid corruption investigations and resurging guerrilla violence.

The most immediate looming crisis is here in Argentina. President Mauricio Macri, who has had business ties with the Trumps for decades, faces an uphill reelection battle in voting next month.

1200 by Tracy Wilkinson in Jujuy, Argentina. MOVED



^Biden is labeled a moderate. But his agenda is far more liberal than Hillary Clinton's<

BIDEN-AGENDA:WA — Many Democrats see Joe Biden as a voice of ideological restraint in a party rapidly moving to the left.

But the 2020 Democratic front-runner's emerging policy agenda is anything but moderate — at least compared to the party's last presidential nominee.

From health care to climate change to criminal justice, Biden has proposed ideas more ambitious and liberal than policies supported by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, a McClatchy review of the candidates' platforms found.

1250 by Alex Roarty in Washington. MOVED



^Locked out of LA's white neighborhoods, they built a black suburb. Now they're homeless<

BLACK-SUBURB-HOMELESS:LA — Duane Pierfax grew up after World War II in Pacoima, one of the few Los Angeles suburbs that offered the American dream of home ownership to African Americans who had been locked out of other neighborhoods by racial covenants.

But the 1990s brought deindustrialization, the crack cocaine epidemic and mass incarceration. With the advent of fair housing laws, some black people moved to other San Fernando Valley communities and beyond, yet many African American families in Pacoima lost their homes as a result of those societal forces.

Now, Pierfax, 62, and four dozen other mostly African American people live a few miles away in a flotilla of tents under the 118 Freeway. The giant encampment is a stark illustration of the racial disparity among homeless people that Los Angeles and cities across California are just starting to recognize and address.

1550 by Gale Holland in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Investors' deep-pocket push to defend surprise medical bills<

^MEDICALBILLS:KHN—<As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents.

Often led by doctors with the veneer of noble concern for patients, physician-staffing firms — third-party companies that employ doctors and assign them out to health care facilities — have opposed efforts to limit the practice known as balance billing. They claim such bans would rob doctors of their leverage in negotiating, drive down their payments and push them out of insurance networks.

Opponents have been waging well-financed campaigns. Slick TV ads and congressional lobbyists seek to stop legislation that had widespread support from voters.

1500 by Rachel Bluth and Emmarie Huetteman. MOVED


^Millions of diabetes patients are missing out on Medicare's nutrition help<

^MED-DIABETES-MEDICARE:KHN—<Louis Rocco has lived with diabetes for decades but, until he met with a registered dietitian in August, he didn't know eating too much bread was dangerous for him.

"I'm Italian, and I always eat a lot of bread," he said. After two hourlong visits with a dietitian — including a session at his local grocery store in Philadelphia — Rocco, 90, has noticed a difference in his health.

After getting a referral this summer from his doctor, Rocco learned that Medicare covers personal nutritional counseling for people with diabetes or kidney disease.

The estimated 15 million Medicare enrollees with diabetes or chronic kidney disease are eligible for the benefit, but the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and some people with disabilities paid for only about 100,000 recipients to get the counseling in 2017.

1050 (with trims) by Phil Galewitz. MOVED




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