20 years since welfare reform, are the poor better off?

When President Bill Clinton spoke in the White House Rose Garden on August 22, 1996, he claimed, “today we are taking an historic chance to make welfare what it was meant to be. A second chance. Not a way of life.” Then he signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, a radical overhaul of the nation’s welfare law. What happened next?

Then, every day, some 78 Americans die from an overdose related to either prescription painkillers or heroin. Doctors agree that opioid addiction has a genetic component, so tests are being developed to help identify people whose genes increase their risk of becoming addicted. But are these tests safe and accurate?

Next, millions tuned in for Canada’s The Tragically Hip’s final show on Saturday night. The reason they’re calling it quits is actually quite tragic: lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

And finally, the 2016 Summer Olympics came to a close in Rio Sunday night. We’ll round up the highlights, the lowlights and everything in between.

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