Obamacare is poised for a midterm booster shot

Health spending accounts for 18 percent of U.S. GDP, and disagreements about government’s role in paying for these costs and ensuring coverage have become major issues on the campaign trail this year. Decisions made by voters in the midterm election could have a significant impact on the status quo.

Get flavored e-cigarettes hooking teens off the shelf

Just as public-health officials were starting to celebrate their success at keeping cigarettes out of the hands of teens, a new threat to their health rushed in: electronic cigarettes. Even teens who never considered picking up a cigarette are using e-cigarettes, or vaping pens, because they wrongly believe they are not harmful. They are.

GOP plans Senate hearing next week for Kavanaugh, accuser

WASHINGTON — Republicans abruptly laid plans Monday for a Senate committee hearing at which Brett Kavanaugh and the woman alleging he sexually assaulted her decades ago will testify publicly, as GOP leaders grudgingly opted for a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the accusation from sinking his Supreme Court nomination.

Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires.

Obituaries for September 18

Calixta Calidayan Andrada, 82, of Pahoa died Aug. 22 at Life Care Center of Hilo. She was born in the Philippines. Visitation 4-6 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22) at Hilo Baptist Church, 600 W. Lanikaula St. Memorial service at 6 p.m. Casual attire. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by husband, Bernabe Andrada of Pahoa; daughter, Nancy Tolentino of Pahoa; son, Jorge (Lily) Andrada of Italy; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild; sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Roadblocks to relicensing push some drivers to illegal behavior

A bureaucratic barrier, a lack of adequate state statutes and the sluggish pace at which county Departments of Motor Vehicles process road tests have created a glitch in the driver’s relicensing process that’s incentivizing thousands of Hawaii residents to break the law every year.

Grim warnings for White House, Republicans ahead of election

The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim. In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the election wouldn’t be the improving economy or the steady increase in job creation. It would be how voters feel about Trump.

He seemed like a good source, until I found out he was a Democrat

Albert Einstein once said: “The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.” Easier said than done! Luckily social science has pointed to a less steep path: liberation from political labels.

The FDA’s vape attack

Many teens have wised up to the disastrous health effects of cigarettes. They don’t — and won’t ever — smoke. Unfortunately, a fast-rising number of high schoolers and even younger teens have started vaping in the past few years.

The midterms are all about Trump

President Trump is getting his wish: It’s all about him. The election, that is. New evidence indicates that the midterm elections in seven weeks will be the clearest referendum on a president in at least 80 years.

Swollen rivers near record levels as Florence looms

With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.