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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, a Republican, celebrated her defeat over challenger Heath Mello. The Nebraska race has drawn national attention as Democrats seek new energy given huge Republican gains in local, state and federal offices across the country. (Associated Press)

Heath Mello's abortion politics fail in Omaha, Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. | The Democratic Party's big tent has shrunk a little with the defeat of Heath Mello, whose failed bid for Omaha mayor exposed a rift in the party on abortion and the viability of the progressive wing in middle America. Published May 10, 2017

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, a key architect of Obamacare, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee health care hearing. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) ** FILE **

Obamacare co-architect Gruber blames Trump for ACA's decline

Obamacare co-architect Jonathan Gruber, who once credited the "stupidity of the American voter" for the passage of the sweeping health-care exchange bill, said Sunday that President Trump was to blame for its decline. Published May 7, 2017