Your HelloGiggles horoscope, October 14th to October 20th: Consider this relationship renovation week

Your HelloGiggles horoscope, October 14th to October 20th: Consider this relationship renovation week


Your HelloGiggles horoscope, October 14th to October 20th: Consider this relationship renovation week

So how are we all doing? Are we feeling good? Are we refreshed? Do we need more hydration, more rest, more…sanity? Because, let’s get real, the last couple of weeks have been intense and sometimes just straight-up bizarre. As we continue to deal with Venus going retrograde in Scorpio, relationships and intimacy issues will still be at the forefront this week. Factor in the residue from the recent New Moon in Libra, and you can bet that we are all sifting and sorting through relationship issues right now.

But it’s not all bad. We could feel more in touch with our emotions than ever before. We might be inspired to speak our truths after months of keeping our feelings close to our chest. As we wrap up Libra season, keep its vibe close to you this week: stay diplomatic, keep balanced, and don’t be afraid to indulge in a little romance.

Here’s what else the stars have in store for you this week in your weekly horoscope.

LIBRA

Try to enjoy these last few days of your birthday season, Libra. Although Venus Retrograde has you feeling out of sorts, if you can see this phase as an opportunity for much-needed cleansing, then it won’t be all doom and gloom. Don’t forget to treat yourself during this time. Have that piece of cake, enjoy a pedi. Do what you can to feel good.

SCORPIO

Although you’re not feeling super sexy right now, Scorpio, it’s going to be okay. Whether it’s noticeable or not, you’re in the midst of a transformation. You’re purging the old you in order to get to the heart of who you really are—and that is one smart, confident, sexy goddess. Do what you gotta do in order to get through, because it’ll be worth it.

SAGITTARIUS

While you prefer to move forward with life, Sag, you’re being asked to take pause. This is enough to drive you bananas, but taking time to get still will help open you up to receiving new opportunities and adventures. Don’t be afraid to discern and take your time. It’s in taking space where most growth happens.

CAPRICORN

It’s time to clean up your daily habits, Capricorn. Which habits add more to your life, and which ones don’t? Knee-jerk reactions usually stem from fear. Fear of change and the unknown. It’s time to focus on the new. What new things do you want to create? Know that, and form the new habits stemming from that goal. You know all about goals, right?

AQUARIUS

You’re coming to a breaking point, Aquarius. However, instead of seeing it as something stressful, try to see this time as a breakthrough. We often need to reach our edge in order to stimulate more change. And with change comes evolution and progress—and you’re all about progress. You got this.

PISCES

Reviewing your relationships is causing you despair, Pisces. You might realize that you’re holding onto a toxic relationship or that you’ve been self-sabotaging. Instead of retreating into your room with your feelings, which you’re known to do, try to reach out to your loved ones at this time. You need support right now, and they’ll be happy to help.

ARIES

You’re in the midst of a relationship inventory, Aries. You’re deciding which ones to keep and which ones to discard. While there might be people not worth holding onto anymore, don’t forget your part in a relationship. If you feel short-changed, perhaps the other party feels the same? You might want to talk it out before impulsively pulling the plug.

TAURUS

While you might not feel like yourself, Taurus, fret not. It just means that you’re in a period of growth. Transformation usually feels uncomfortable, and while you hate being out of your comfort zone, this is the only way for you to get where you need to go. Remember nothing is more painful than staying still.

GEMINI

You’re starting fresh, Gemini. While it might seem daunting at first, you’ll soon realize that you’re right where you belong. Moving forward with life means you have to take risks. While you like change, you like controlled change. However, you’re learning that not everything is within your control—and that’s a good thing.

CANCER

People are getting on your nerves, Cancer. While it’s easy for you to retreat and hide out in your shell, the stars want you to confront your feelings—especially if that means confronting others. Feeling uncomfortable makes way for growth, and asserting yourself is part of that.

LEO

You might find yourself in some situations that require you to act quickly, Leo. While it might be easy to embellish or fib, doing so will only backfire. You’re being called to speak your truth, no matter how messy that might be. Because, really, being messy means being human, and everyone can relate to that.

VIRGO

You’re feeling tension around you, Virgo. From romantic relationships to family to work, it’ll feel trying to get your point across this week. However, it’s important to speak even louder during this time. You have something worth saying. Say what you need to say.

As we dig deeper with our relationships this week, bbs, we will soon get closer to what we ultimately seek: the truth. So keep persisting no matter how hard it might be; the truth will set us free.

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Just in case our ever-decreasing anonymity in this tech-driven world hasn’t scared you enough, new studies find that within a few years 90 percent — 90 percent! — of Americans of European descent will be identifiable from their DNA. If you fall into that group, it doesn’t even matter whether you’ve given a DNA sample to one of the popular gene-testing sites (like 23andMe). Enough of your distant relatives have, so there’s a good chance you’re in the system.

Take your mind off that by checking out what you may have missed in health care this week.

The biggie, of course, was President Donald Trump’s opinion piece in USA Today about “Medicare-for-all.” (And the rebuttal from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.)

Fact checkers came out in droves to comb through Trump’s arguments and found that nearly every paragraph contained a misleading statement or falsehood.

The Washington Post: Fact-Checking President Trump’s USA Today Op-Ed on ‘Medicare-for-All’

More than shedding any kind of light on the complicated topic, the back-and-forth highlights how much of a role health care is playing in the upcoming midterm elections. Each side has doubled down on its respective talking points (read: preexisting conditions and Medicare-for-all — I warned you you’d get tired of me saying that). In fact, health care is featured so heavily in ads that it trumps the topics of jobs or taxes.

The Wall Street Journal: Health Care Crowds Out Jobs, Taxes in Midterm Ads

(Side note: If you do want some light shed on Medicare-for-all and single-payer systems, check out these great pieces from KHN’s own Shefali Luthra.)

Speaking of midterms, the Democrats’ attempt to block the administration’s expansion of short-term plans (very predictably) failed, with only Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins joining the Democrats. It was never about winning, though. What it did was force Republicans to go on record with a vote that is potentially politically dangerous in the current landscape.

Politico: Senate Democrats Fail to Block Trump’s Short-Term Health Plans

In stark contrast to the sharply partisan discourse, Trump signed two bipartisan health care measures into law this week. The bills banned “gag clauses” on pharmacists, which had prohibited them from offering consumers cheaper options. The legislation won’t directly affect drug prices, but it might mean people will pay less at the register.

The New York Times: Trump Signs New Laws Aimed at Drug Costs and Battles Democrats on Medicare


For the first time, premiums for the most popular level of insurance sold in the health law marketplaces have gone down. The numbers are the latest sign that the marketplace is stabilizing. (Centene’s expansion into new states is another from this week.) CMS Administrator Seema Verma touted the success, saying the news counters any accusations of sabotage. Health experts, however, said those price tags would have been even lower if not for the administration’s actions over the past year.

The Washington Post: Premiums for Popular ACA Health Insurance Dip for the First Time


The Justice Department approved CVS’ $ 69 billion merger with Aetna, and although the deal still needs approval from state regulators, the green light is a major hurdle cleared. The merger would reshape the health landscape and mark the end of an era for free-standing pharmacy benefit managers. The potential consolidation is just one of many in recent years in a fast-evolving industry — a trend critics worry will lessen competition and drive up prices for consumers.

The New York Times: CVS Health and Aetna $ 69 Billion Merger Is Approved With Conditions


Hospitals scrambled to ensure patient safety as Hurricane Michael battered Florida and Georgia this week. “It was like hell,” said one doctor who rode out the storm at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla. The hurricane brought with it memories of last year’s power outages that came with Hurricane Irma and were linked to the deaths of several nursing home residents.

The New York Times: Hospitals Pummeled by Hurricane Michael Scramble to Evacuate Patients


Now that the Brett Kavanaugh battle is over and he’s taken a seat on the Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood has gone into planning mode in case anything happens to Roe v. Wade. A key component of the organization’s plan is to shore up networks in states where abortion would likely remain legal (with longer hours for clinics, for example). On the other side, abortion-rights opponents are getting primed for a new high court that’s likely friendlier to them by strategizing what cases would be best to move forward with.

NPR: With Kavanaugh Confirmed, Both Sides of Abortion Debate Gear Up for Battle

How do you fight measures to expand abortion rights in progressive states? Make it about money. A battle in Oregon illustrates a strategy that — although unlikely to be successful — gives opponents of the bills at least a hope of winning.

Politico: Oregon’s Unlikely Abortion Fight Hinges on Taxes


Holes in the court system have allowed state judges to grant full custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents. Federal officials say it should never happen, but oversight of the problem is scattershot and challenging because states handle adoption proceedings differently.

The Associated Press: Deported Parents May Lose Kids to Adoption

Democrats have been vocal about what they don’t like when it comes to immigration policy. But they have a problem: a lack of cohesion within the party about the correct way forward.

The New York Times: The Democrats Have an Immigration Problem


In the miscellaneous, must-read file:

• A gripping piece takes you into the bowels of a Philadelphia neighborhood dubbed the “Walmart of heroin.” “Drug tourists” come from all over to buy the cheap, pure heroin flowing through the veins of the streets, and some never make it out. (Warning: Make sure you have some time before you start, it will suck you in completely.)

The New York Times: Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’

• Why were nursing home residents getting extremely pricey therapy in the last weeks of their lives? Bloomberg takes a closer look at these cash-strapped facilities and the questionable decisions made about patients’ rehab.

Bloomberg: Nursing Homes Are Pushing the Dying Into Pricey Rehab

• In good news from the segment of people who were too old to take advantage of the HPV vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration just approved its use for those up to age 45.

The Associated Press: FDA Expands Use of Cervical Cancer Vaccine up to Age 45


As an office of ardent dog lovers, we were distressed to hear the news that therapy dogs in hospitals are little germ machines, leaving behind happiness but also superbugs.

Have a great (hopefully superbug-free) weekend!

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Wool Week Takes Over London’s Covent Garden With Colored Washing Machines

SPIN CYCLE: Britain’s annual Wool Week always sets out to quash misconceptions about the fabric, and this year they didn’t disappoint, unveiling an installation of stacked, colorful washing machines in London’s Covent Garden. Dubbed The Wool Care, the installation will be on show until Oct. 21, and is meant to demonstrate the fact that wool is washable, durable — and cool.
“We always thought this was the last frontier. A lot of people think you can’t throw wool in a washing machine, but you can, and when you wash wool, you’re not creating micro-plastics. Wool biodegrades naturally in the sea,” said Peter Ackroyd, chief operating officer for Campaign for Wool.
Hackett, Vivienne Westwood, Marks & Spencer and Adidas are among some of the retailers who took part in the launch earlier this week. “Vivienne Westwood has spread the message of wool extremely well, she talks about buy well, buy less, buy wool,” Ackroyd said.
Jeremy Hackett of the men’s wear brand Hackett unveiled the installation with his dog Muffin and his Aston Martin, which has bespoke wool interiors. Among the other retailers who are preaching the gospel of wool is the outdoor apparel brand Finisterre, which is changing the perception of wool as an “old-fashioned and stuffy” material.
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The Week in Movie News: James Gunn Writing ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ First ‘Pet Sematary’ Trailer and More

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Congrats on making it through another busy week! We all honestly deserve a medal for making it to Friday, but a very full glass of red wine and some retail therapy will suffice. So start pouring and treat yourself to the 86 online sales below — maybe you’ll even pick up a cool western-inspired fall …

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Jermaine Pennant will be grilled by Jeremy Kyle on marriage to Alice Goodwin and ‘flirting’ with Chloe Ayling as he appears on ITV show next week

JERMAINE Pennant will be grilled by Jeremy Kyle in a ‘powerful’ interview on his marriage to Alice Goodwin and ‘flirting’ with Chloe Ayling on Celebrity Big Brother  –  which will be shown on ITV  next week.

The former Liverpool footballer and his glamour model wife Alice were filmed for a celebrity special show in Manchester yesterday.

Jermaine and Alice were grilled by Jeremy Kyle for a ‘powerful’ interview out next week
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Jermaine will be grilled by Jeremy Kyle on his marriage to Alice Goodwin and ‘flirting’ with Chloe Ayling on Celebrity Big Brother.

Both Jermaine and his stunning wife Alice were invited on the show to talk to the no-nonsense TV host for a celebrity special that is set to he shown on ITV next week on Friday.

A source said: “It was explosive stuff, especially when pictures of Chloe Ayling kept flashing up on the screen.

“Jeremy quizzed Jermaine on his ‘womanising’ and really went in on him.

“Alice really came out as the star of the show –  the way she handled the questions on their on-off marriage and why she chose to stay with Jermaine.

“It’s powerful stuff, and Jeremy had a lot of respect for her the way she handled herself.”

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Jermaine’s marriage was on the rocks after his flirty relationship with Chloe in CBB
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Alice looked sensational as she showed off her curves in a slinky two piece bikini on their make-or-break holiday
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Jermaine hit headlines for his ‘banter’ with Chloe on the last ever CBB.

Chloe launched a furious tirade against “immature” Jermaine  after the 21-year-old model had spent days flirting with him, claiming she did not know he was married.

After his own elimination, Jermaine apologised to Alice.

He won her back after crisis talks and a slap up home-cooked chicken dinner.

Alice was over the moon with Jermaine’s romantic gesture – after he apologised for his behaviour on CBB
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Determined to make their marriage work, Jermaine hired a huge yacht in Dubai to propose to wife Alice Goodwin again.

He got down one knee this weekend to ask Alice to marry him again – and make a fresh start.

He is doing all he can to hold on to her -and  has splashed most of his Celebrity Big Brother money on Alice – resetting her wedding ring with £50,000 worth of diamonds, and paid for a £10,000 luxury trip to Doha and Dubai.

The bad-boy footballer hit headlines for his ‘banter’ with Chloe on the show
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The Stock Market Cleaned Out Billionaires Over the Past Week. Here’s Who Lost the Most

Billionaires have won big in the long-running bull market that may be teetering on the edge of ending. But they’re also set to lose big. Over the past week, the world’s wealthiest have collectively dropped about $ 50 billion in estimated net worth.

What’s $ 50 billion among the world’s uber-rich? Enough to leave a mark, that’s for sure, but they aren’t hurting for cash–yet. For perspective though, in addition to being the amount of evaporating wealth, $ 50 billion is also the amount of the U.S. trade deficit in July, the first round of Trump’s tariffs against China, and the market value of Target–with $ 5 billion to spare.

So how exactly has the stock market selloff impacted the net worth of world’s richest people? Here’s who took the biggest bath this week, and how much it cost them:

Jeff Bezos (-$ 15 billion)

Amazon’s founder, the world’s richest person, stood to lose the most. And that he did. Jeff Bezos’ net worth dropped from $ 161 billion a week ago down to $ 140 billion on Thursday. That still puts him standing arms akimbo on top of the heap of lesser billionaires, but his company’s focus on consumer goods, which could be further affected by import tariffs and trade wars, could push him closer to more diversified super rich.

Bernard Arnault (-$ 5.9 billion)

Arnault is the longtime chairman and chief executive of LVMH (Mo?t Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE), the world’s largest luxury goods company. He’s also the richest person in Europe, and accordingly, his net worth went down with the crash, from $ 73.5 billion to $ 67.6 billion. At one point, he was down to $ 66.9 billion, but his portfolio seems to be rebounding already.

Warren Buffet (-$ 5.4 billion)

Even the Oracle of Omaha couldn’t predict the market volatility of this past week. Buffet initially saw gains from the $ 90 billion he started with a week ago, climbing to $ 92 billion by Oct. 9. But ultimately, he came crashing down, finishing Oct. 11 with an estimated $ 84.6 billion

Pony Ma (-$ 4 billion)

The China-based Tencent is one of the world’s largest Internet companies, and Pony Ma (Ma Huateng) is the founder, chairman, and chief executive, and maintains extensive holdings in the company. While Tencent dominates Chinese gaming, chat, investment, and other arenas, the global stock pullback pushed his net worth from $ 32 billion down to $ 28 billion.

Bill Gates (-$ 3.9 billion)

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has shifted out of the fast-paced life of a technology dominator into the role of public-health and education philanthropist. But despite regular transfers of wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he doesn’t find himself pulling his pockets inside out for change. Gates, the second-richest person in the world, saw his worth drop from $ 98.7 billion to $ 94.80 billion in the last week.

Larry Page (-$ 3.8 billion)

Google co-founder Larry Page remains actively involved in the management of Alphabet, the holding company of Google and other ventures, has been buffeted lately by concerns about the company navigating forward with a reported China-targeted search engine acceptable that country’s censors, and military-contracting work. Page’s net worth dropped from $ 57.10 to $ 53.30 billion since Oct. 4.

Fran?ois Pinault (-$ 3.8 billion)

Fran?ois Pinault, among France’s richest people and the head of one of the nation’s wealthiest families, is the 82-year-old self-made billionaire behind Kering, which owns a large array of luxury-goods brands, like Gucci, LVMH, and Yves Saint Laurent. He also personally owns Christie’s, the long-established auction house. His portfolio slumped from $ 32.4 billion to $ 28.6 billion.

Sergey Brin (-$ 3.6 billion)

Google’s other co-founder has similar holdings and suffered similar losses as his partner, Larry Page, with Sergey Brin dropping from a reported $ 55.6 billion to $ 52 billion.

Frank Wang (-$ 2.54 billion)

Frank Wang may seem like an outlier and a relative unknown in this list, with a net worth estimated on Oct. 11 of just $ 6.74 billion. But he’s also one of the biggest net losers, dropping from $ 9.28 billion in the last week. Wang’s holdings are tied up in DJI, the biggest maker of commercial and civilian drones in the world, and a company he founded in 2006. As a privately held company, estimates of his net worth over the short term may be more volatile, but DJI has a high degree of exposure to Trump’s trade wars with China from several angles, including the cost of raw goods globally and import tariffs imposed on the lucrative American market potentially reducing revenue.

Steve Ballmer (-$ 2.4 billion)

Bill Gates’s earliest lieutenant, Ballmer took over Microsoft for several years and missed out on the mobile revolution. Forced from the company, he’s found solace in $ 40.1 billion of personal wealth, down from $ 42.50 billion a week ago–and his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team.

Mark Zuckerberg (-$ 2.1 billion)

Despite the many investigations, disclosures, and security problems Facebook has faced in recent months, Mark Zuckerberg saw the least losses among his dot-com peers. He was worth $ 62.9 billion a week ago, and now $ 60.8 billion.

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From ham to axes to Toyota Prius: All the things that were recalled this week

The first week of October saw an array of recalls. USA Today has the round-up. 
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The 5 best things that happened at Paris Fashion Week

Paris fashion week closed out a month of shows in dramatic fashion: Fancy venues! Celebrity sightings! Hot lifeguards! The City of Lights put on (many) a runway spectacle that will go down in industry history. Below, some highlights:   1. The venues were more elaborate than ever: Gucci kicked it off at legendary ’70s night…
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PARIS — At Paris Fashion Week, where the womenswear season wrapped on Tuesday night, catwalk shows were sometimes so theatrical that it was hard to focus on the clothing itself.

Consider beefcake bodybuilders whizzing by on scooters in their tight, green Y-fronts at Vivienne Westwood, as painters climbed ladders to create a cloud-like artwork in a garage turned into a runway.

This season, designer Andreas Kronthaler (Westwood’s husband) created a collection for the British house, inspired by photos of the skate girls of Kabul, taken by Jessica Fulford-Dobson, and a couple of his favorite artists. One model walked wearing a dress made of nomadic bags

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The Week in Movie News: Gal Gadot Boards a Mystery, First ‘Rocketman’ Trailer and More

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Gal Gadot joins Death on the Nile: Wonder Woman and Fast and the Furious star Gal Gadot has hopped aboard another movie franchise, one that's already in motion. The actress is the first to join Kenneth Branagh and the ensemble of other heavies populating the Agatha Christie adaptation Death on the Nile, a sequel to last year's mystery Murder on…

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Tech stocks take beating as Wall Street ends week with thud

Wall Street sputtered into Friday’s close with the three major indexes seeing red over a slew of economic data and headlines. A sell-off in tech stocks spurred by worries that tensions between the US and China would intensify led the Nasdaq to shed 3.2 percent, to close at 7,788.45 this week — its worst weekly…
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Tucked away in an obit on a physicist’s death this week was the latest reality check-slash-gut punch on the state of spending in our health system. Leon Lederman, aka the man who coined the phrase “God particle,” died Wednesday at 96. A few years back, he auctioned off his Nobel Prize medal for $ 765,000 to help pay for his health care costs. What happens when you don’t have one of those lying around?

Do you need a mental break from following the play-by-play of the Supreme Court battle? Well here’s what you may have missed in health care.

If you think you can escape the phrases “Medicare-for-All” or “preexisting conditions” over the next few weeks, I’m sorry to break the bad news. Both sides have homed in on those key talking points, and we’ll be hearing a lot on both topics for the foreseeable future.

On the Republican side: Candidates are urging voters to believe they’ll preserve the popular insurance protections on preexisting conditions, but it’s difficult to convey that message while there’s a GOP lawsuit underway that would strip them away. To try to get ahead of the issue, some Republican lawmakers released a (non-binding) resolution vowing to keep the guarantees. But with no details on how they’ll accomplish it (turns out it’s hard to get insurers to just offer desserts without eating your veggies, too), the topic remains a thorn in their side.

The Washington Post: GOP Candidates Pay the Price for Attempts to Kill Obamacare and Its Guarantee of Coverage For Preexisting Conditions

The Hill: Vulnerable House Republican Unveils Resolution on Pre-Existing Conditions

(Side note: President Donald Trump did offer a way to cover costs for guaranteed preexisting conditions coverage: getting “a little more money from China.” From The Washington Post.)

Over to the Dems, who have their own vulnerabilities: “Medicare-for-All” has become something of a litmus test for Democrats, especially for progressive candidates, but that doesn’t mean the plan hasn’t left them open to attack from the right. At the same time, moderates in the party would prefer to focus on shoring up the health law.

The Wall Street Journal: Some Democrats Want Medicare for All. Others Aren’t So Sure

The Washington Post Fact Checker: GOP Ads Falsely Depict Democrats As Supporters of Sanders’s Health Plan

And, if you’d like a blast from the past (or a peek into the future?), check out the preexisting conditions checklist for Iowa Farm Bureau plans (the ones the state can sell that don’t fall under health law restrictions).

The Hill: Iowa to Sell Health Plans That Can Disqualify People Based on Pre-Existing Conditions


A lot of news coverage these days focuses on the individual marketplace, but a look at shifting costs for people who receive insurance through their employers paints a grim picture about why health care matters to many voters. Not only has the number of workers who face an annual deductible grown, but the average deductible has crept higher and higher for more than a decade.

The Associated Press: Survey: Companies Continue to Pass Health Costs to Workers

So, I’m not a negotiator. But apparently, if you can haggle, there are all sorts of lucrative clauses, side deals and kickbacks baked into the system that you can use to your advantage to get lower costs for care. Good luck! I’ll be over here wondering why we can’t all get that price.

NPR/ProPublica: Health Insurance Industry Insider to Employers: Learn to Negotiate


Hundreds of detained migrant children are being roused in the middle of the night for under-the-cover-of-darkness journeys to a tent city in West Texas. Advocates are alarmed that they’re being moved from shelters with formal schools and visits from legal representation to a pop-up tent city that has few such regulations in place.

The New York Times: Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City

Meanwhile, a disturbing inspector general report found numerous safety violations at an immigration detention center in California, including nooses made from bedsheets in 15 of 20 cells (which were “not a high priority” to remove, guards said, per LAT’s coverage); detainees’ rotting teeth from delays to see dentists (and suggestions that they use string from their socks to floss); and more.

Los Angeles Times: Nooses in Cells, Rotting Teeth — Report Details Harsh Conditions at Adelanto Immigration Facility


Pharma failed to attach to the fast-moving opioid legislation its much-desired “doughnut hole” change, which would have let companies off the hook for paying to cover more drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries. But the industry is not giving up — and Congress might be more willing to play ball in the lame-duck session post-midterms.

Politico: Why Congress Is Poised to Give the Drug Industry a $ 4B Windfall


One street over. That’s all it took in a Washington state neighborhood for children to have a better chance of being lifted out of poverty. One street. A new, detailed (and very interesting) map looks at how location plays a part in the economic outcomes of children in low-income families. It’s also leaving advocates and city planners wondering if offering incentives to move into the neighborhoods with better statistics would be enough to change these families’ futures.

The New York Times: Detailed New National Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life


In the miscellaneous must-read file:

• Missouri is now down to one abortion clinic, and some of its laws are poised to land in the Supreme Court. Understanding the high-stakes legal developments that got the state to where it is a roller-coaster ride.

KCUR: Timeline: Abortion Restrictions in Missouri on a Possible Path to the U.S. Supreme Court

• Is a little radiation good for you? Like sunlight? That’s at least what Trump administration officials are betting on.

The Associated Press: Proposed Rule Change Worries Some About Radiation Regulation

• The lawsuits against Purdue Pharma have been likened to Big Tobacco’s reckoning in the 1990s. But experts see a big difference: The painkiller-maker will likely not have to pay nearly as much in the expected settlement.

Stat: Opioid Settlement Will Take Time, But May Cost Less Than the Big Tobacco Deal

• Time and again, following the money proves pretty interesting. Here’s a look at the industry behind “hardening” schools for mass shootings, and how it had stalled before the massacre in Parkland, Fla.

The Associated Press: Lawmakers Buy Industry Fix to Stop Mass School Shootings

• Australia is on track to all but eliminate cervical cancer in the coming decades. How did they do it? (Hint: It has to do with aggressive vaccination policies.)

The New York Times: In Australia, Cervical Cancer Could Soon Be Eliminated


Speaking of vaccinations, here’s your reminder to get your flu shot! Winter is coming.

Have a great weekend!

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