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Merger mania continues as Bayer, the German Pharmaceutical company, has successfully bid to buy Monsanto, the maker of Roundup and seeds for genetically modified foods. At $66 billion, it's the biggest cash deal on record. Jeff McCracken, Executive Editor of Global Deals at Bloomberg News, has more on the mega-merger.
There's a new word in this year's political vocabulary: "deplorables" -- first used by Hillary Clinton to describe "half" of Donald Trump's supporters.
Trump seized on it as a mistake that betrayed her elitist detachment from the beleaguered working class — and many pundits agreed. But Clinton's not backing away, claiming that elements of Trump's fan base are demonstrating his appeal to racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry. Now the word "deplorables" is fueling both sides of the campaign, appearing on t-shirts, twitter memes and advertisements. Did Clinton commit a gaffe that might cost her dearly or has Trump fallen into a trap that reveals more than he wanted?
We all know how Big Tobacco influenced research on smoking and cancer. Now it turns out that Big Sugar has influenced research on diet and heart disease -- for 50 years.
Five decades of research on the dangers of saturated fat have produced widely published recommendations on diet, nutrition and heart disease. This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that the sugar industry paid to manipulate the data. Marion Nestle is Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Her books include Food Politics and Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics.
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How to fix the future Silicon Valley has been the driver of tech innovation that has changed the world. But there’s been a backlash. Other countries are showing the way to transparency, enhanced privacy and consumer protection. In the meantime, will Facebook and Google help protect this year’s U.S. elections from Russian hacking?
Does universal health care have a future? Despite controlling the White House and Congress, Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare. But they are chipping away. Some Democrats advocate universal coverage. So, what’s in store for this year’s midterm elections? Has either side come up with a way to cut costs? To achieve that goal, is it time for doctors to change their focus--away from health care to health itself?
Parkland students take the lead on gun control Young people around the country are all fired up after the Parkland shooting. Veteran observers say they’re changing the atmosphere of debate about gun control. How realistic are their expectations about one of America’s most controversial issues?
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