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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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Are millennials embracing democratic socialism? Millennials helped Democrats to a major upset in Alabama’s Senate race. Will their growing preference for socialism be a threat to party unity in this year’s Congressional elections? Idealists and realists disagree. Added Attraction: Robin Wright on the background and the future of instability in Iran.
Author David Garrow's critical look at the rise of Barack Obama Obama himself spent eight hours reading the manuscript. But Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is very much an unauthorized biography. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow describes how the 44th president shaped his personal life to create the right political image.
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