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President Obama's approval ratings are on the rise, despite widespread concern about the economy — which is a major issue in the presidential campaign. Today, the Labor Department released figures about July, and it's “finally, a big, bold and ambiguously good jobs report.” That's according to Nelson Schwarz, economics reporter for the New York Times.
For the first time ever, the CDC has issued a travel warning inside the United States, as the Zika virus has broken out in Miami, and some public health experts are warning of an epidemic. Anxiety is growing among pregnant women at risk of giving birth to babies with deformed skulls and brains. Mosquitos that carry the virus don't travel far, but insecticide spraying will have limited value because Zika is also sexually transmitted. A possible vaccine is being developed, but money is running out, and Congress has failed to resolve political differences and appropriate $33 million in funds.
Sammy Mack, WLRN (@sammymack)
Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (@NIH)
Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations (@Laurie_Garrett)
Phil Lounibos, University of Florida (@UFEntomology)
Mack on aerial spraying in Miami
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on NIH testing of Zika vaccine
Garrett urging Congress to act now or bear the blame for Zika's devastating effects
Florida Medical Entymology Lab on essential information about Zika
Donald Trump has trashed Hillary Clinton for not holding a press conference for many months. Today, she did just that.
Hillary Clinton addressed a rare audience today – reporters – specifically thousands of members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Democratic candidate for president fielded several questions, ranging from the FBI finding regarding her private email server to what kind of meaningful conversations Clinton has had with African-American friends.
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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
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