Sen. Rand Paul says 'politicians get in the way of most answers.' But autism provides a compelling counterpoint. The federal government provides the vast majority of research money as well as crucial services and legal protections.
In all likelihood, tea party candidates will not win their primaries in Kansas and Tennessee, meaning establishment Republicans will have beaten every tea party challenger for the Senate. But that doesn't mean the tea party is going away.
The problem of poverty in America defies easy answers. But it has often been approached only through a liberal lens. A few Republicans are trying to change that.
The 'fire challenge' is attracting attention from thrill seekers online, encouraging people to light themselves on fire. It has led to one reported death and lots of injuries, plus plenty of criticism.