FROM Amy Costello
Billionaire philanthropists in the business of curing diseases Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg thinks we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century. And he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Wednesday that they’ll give $3 billion over the next decade toward the effort. Another billionaire, Bill Gates, was there for that announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $10 billion to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Earlier this year, fellow Facebook co-founder Sean Parker announced he’d give $250 million to find a cure for cancer. So what happens when billionaires’ private foundations get into the “business” of eradicating disease?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?