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  • Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:03:00 +0000
    State Tax Breaks Rewarded Companies Connected to One Powerful Man. The Governor Just Killed Them — for Now. - by Nancy Solomon and Jeff Pillets, WNYC New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday vetoed legislation that would have extended the state’s controversial tax break law, and he recommended a sweeping overhaul of a program state investigators say benefited powerful insiders at the expense of taxpayers. “For the past six years, New Jersey has operated under a severely flawed tax incentive program that waste... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000
    In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria. - by David Armstrong Once it was called “hysterical” movement disorder, or simply “hysteria.” Later it was labeled “psychogenic.” Now it’s a “functional disorder.” By any name, it’s one of the most puzzling afflictions — and problematic diagnoses — in medicine. It often has the same symptoms, like uncontrollable shaking and difficulty walking, that characterize brain diseases like... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000
    Bibles but Not Textbooks: Trump’s Tariff Exemptions Pick Winners and Losers - by Lydia DePillis President Donald Trump’s aggressive trade brinksmanship has split the American economy into new castes of winners and losers, with few consistent criteria defining who ends up in which group — as illustrated by the $2 billion in products that won exemptions last week from a new round of China tariffs. Bibles and other religious texts got a pass after U.S. publishers and Christian ... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:00:00 +0000
    How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon - by James Bandler, Anjali Tsui and Doris Burke On Aug. 8, 2017, Roma Laster, a Pentagon employee responsible for policing conflicts of interest, emailed an urgent warning to the chief of staff of then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Several department employees had arranged for Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, to be sworn into an influential Pentagon advisory board despite the fact that, in the year sinc... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:00:00 +0000
    Lawmakers Call for Ethics Reform to Deal With Billionaire Resort-Owning Governor - by Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette-Mail West Virginia lawmakers are calling for a thorough reexamination of the state’s ethics rules following a Charleston Gazette-Mail and ProPublica investigation of the conflicts of interest created by Gov. Jim Justice’s ownership of The Greenbrier resort. One central proposal, from state Sen. William Ihlenfeld, would make West Virginia the first state to ma... [read more]

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