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A House Committee Is Investigating Pharmaceutical Industry Pricing Practices

The House Oversight and Reform Committee announced on Monday the launch of an investigation into the pharmaceutical industry's pricing practices. Representative Elijah E...

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Los Angeles Launches a New Phone App That Will Alert Users When an Earthquake Is Imminent

On January 3rd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the release of ShakeAlertLA, a new earthquake-warning app for residents of Los Angeles County. The app—the first of...

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How Termites Help Tropical Forests Withstand Droughts

Droughts can transform tropical forests. They kill trees and slow their growth. They also affect microbes that are critical to keeping the forest soil healthy. But termites, b...

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A Judge Blocked the Census Citizenship Question. Here's What the Plaintiffs Are Saying.

A federal judge in New York ruled against the Trump administration on Tuesday in the first of a series of legal battles over whether or not the 2020 United States Census will...

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Research Suggests Trump's Election Has Been Detrimental to Many Americans' Mental Health

For many Americans, the anxiety surfaced on Election Day of 2016. As the possibility of a Hillary Clinton victory began to slip away—and the possibility of a Donald...

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What Disability Leaders Want to See From 2020 Candidates

On February 4th, 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off in their final debate before the New Hampshire Democratic primary. That night, Clinton's&...

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Voters Expect Female Politicians to Be Perfect Mothers Too

An odd dynamic is developing in this first phase of the 2020 presidential race. Even as several female Democratic candidates, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Ha...

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A Clever New Map Shows Which Chicago Neighborhoods Are Most at Risk From Pollution

Chicago suffers from inequality in many forms, including uneven exposures to pollution and toxins throughout its many neighborhoods. Now, a sophisticated new map of the Windy...

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A Music to Liberate Brazil

Brazilian singer-songwriter Negro Leo is dedicated to freedom, both musical and political, and his first-ever performance in the United States is, characteristically, a joyous...

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How Dennis Cauchon, a Former 'USA Today' Reporter, Became a Leading Voice for Needle Exchanges in Ohio

Read our year-long investigation into the addiction crisis plaguing Rust Belt America. On a warm June morning, a group of public-health professionals sit in a bland white-wall...

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Viewfinder: Zimbabwean Demonstrators Barricade Roads to Protest a Hike in Fuel Prices

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As PG&E Files for Bankruptcy, Who Is Liable for California's Wildfires?

In November, the Camp Fire destroyed tens of thousands of homes, killed at least 85 people, and caused an estimated $7.5 billion in damages. Under California law, the...

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Denver Looks to Curb the Rapid Spread of Gentrification

These days, Denver boasts among the nation's lowest unemployment rates and highest workforce participation. And yet, its runaway economic success threatens to homogenize...

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A Philadelphia Judge Blocks the Trump Administration's Birth Control Regulations

A federal judge in Philadelphia blocked the implementation of the Trump administration's two new birth control regulations, which would have allowed employers with "...

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Los Angeles Teachers Are Striking—and Expecting That Teachers Across the Country Will Follow Suit

Public school teachers participating in a city-wide strike trudged through the pouring rain in Downtown Los Angeles Monday. They demanded that district officials address overw...

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Americans Are Now More Likely to Die of Opioid Overdoses Than Car Crashes

For someone born in 2017, the odds they'll die of an overdose on an opioid drug—including heroin, prescription painkillers, and certain street drugs—are higher than f...

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Viktor Orbán's Rise and the Power of Nationalist Politics

The roots of democracy in Hungary are shallow. That's been especially clear in the last nine years, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has created a repressive and increasin...

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Emails Reveal How the Trump Administration Backed Down on Asylum Restrictions

After a judge struck down the Trump administration's attempt to categorically deny asylum to people fleeing domestic violence and gang violence, adminis...

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Can Tighter Packaging Lower Sperm Counts?

News in BriefsBoxers versus briefs—it's a perennial debate. But now, according to the New York Times, USA Today, and The New Yorker, science has an answer: For those ho...

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What Lessons Should the Media Learn From the 2016 Election?

In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, Frank Bruni offered an excellent summary of media failures regarding coverage of Donald Trump in 2016, and urged his coll...

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Democrats Would Be Foolish Not to Embrace the Green New Deal

In 2009, for the first time in history, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would regulate greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Entitled the "Ame...

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How to Convince a Conservative That Climate Change Is Real

More Americans are taking climate change seriously. A new report by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reveals that 8 percent of participants in three separate s...

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'We Bloody Live Here, and It's Not Fair': How Communities in the U.K. Are Taking on Fracking

The A583 is a road much like any other road in the north of England. Linking Preston with the shabby seaside resort town of Blackpool, it divides miles of featureless fields,...

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Viewfinder: Pope Francis Speaks in the Vatican

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