Pioneers in fight against poverty win 2019 Nobel economics prize

Economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for their work in fighting global poverty, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Monday.
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Turkey Launches Offensive Against Kurdish Fighters In Syria

The U.S., which has long been allied with the Kurds, pulled out troops from Syria, paved the way for Turkey to begin its operation.
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A Black University Of Wisconsin-Madison Student Described As Angry Black Woman For Quietly Protesting Against Trump’s Bulls–t

In terms of protesting and demonstrating, Black women have been at the forefront of several important movements.

But, a recent incident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison continues to confirm the thread of undervaluing Black women, and propping them up as violent and aggressive.

On Wednesday the school’s College Republican student office was the target of a demonstration orchestrated by a lone Black female student who was frankly just tired of Trump and his followers. In the video you can see the student quietly taping pieces of paper which read “racist,” “bigot” and “Donald Trump is.” Instead of actually taking a moment to speak to the student about her protest, the university’s College Republican’s Twitter account tweeted the following:

“Intolerant student in complete hysteria targets UW-Madison College Republican student office. Another example of total intolerance from the left in an environment that is supposed to welcome a marketplace of ideas.”

And the overheard “profanity” does not come from the woman, but from a song playing in the background, which we can assume, she chose to voice how she feels along with her action through demonstrating. Clearly they want to use the archetype of the “angry Black woman” to vilify her for a completely peaceful demonstration.

In a write up by the school’s newspaper, the student was identified as a senior named Jasmine Kiah.

“Every day I come past and I see this office, it makes me very upset, while we have…children at the border who are taken away from their parents, their parents are taken away from them and who is it because? It is because of Donald Trump,” she told The Badger Herald.

She also promised to come back everyday to tape the signs.

According to the Herald who spoke with Ryan Christens, the chairman of the school’s College Republicans, Kiah staged her demonstration during the group’s office hours in the student activity center and initially refused to leave when she was asked to do so. Christens said Kiah responded with “f–k that” when she was asked to leave and followed it up with a “this white boy thinks he can stop me,” after Christens informed the dean of students of what was going on. However, Kiah reportedly left soon after.

The university’s official Twitter account gave a conflicting non-response which honestly could have remained un-tweeted.

By focusing on Kiah’s actions and touting her as an angry Black woman instead of what caused her response is just another way of delegitimizing her concerns, which are shared by a large portion of the country. A recent Fox News poll showed that almost 51 percent of Americans support Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

Kiah’s concerns are valid, as a member of the campus, she represents one of 1251 Black students who pay tuition, according to the university’s office of enrollment, and deserves to be heard.

 

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In the past half decade or so, women have been gifted yet another feature to fret over: their eyebrows.

As Instagram came of age, so did arch trends: out are the linguini-thin lines popular in the early-aughts, which left many of us pouring hot wax inches above our pupils in pursuit of Drew Barrymore brows. In are thick, bushy caterpillars seen on the likes of Cara Delevingne and Meghan Markle (who reportedly turns to Audrey Hepburn for inspiration, when it comes to the upper third of her face.)

Prescriptive advice on how to style eyebrows can be maddening. Look up any online tutorial and you’ll get this main advice: your arches should look natural. One might think that means they can just let their brows grow the way they are. How naive.

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China Warns US Against Sanctions On Chinese Firms

US sanctions against 28 Chinese firms for targeting ethnic minorities met wth strong protest from Beijing. The Ministry of Commerce urged the U.S. Government to lift the sanctions as soon as possible, and warned that China will “resolutely safeguard” the country’s interests. “We strongly urge the United States to immediately stop making irresponsible remarks on the issue of Xinjiang, stop interf
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Tammy Bruce urges Americans to educate themselves: ‘It’s up to us to know why the Left is worth fighting against’

Fox Nation host and ex-liberal activist Tammy Bruce slammed the liberal agenda and warned the public of the importance of educating themselves in order to combat the “infection of a political ideology.”
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Antonio Brown Files $40 Million in Grievances Against Patriots and Raiders

Antonio Brown is taking his former teams to court and demanding $ 40 million.

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NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the NFL Player’s Association has filed grievances against the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots on Brown’s behalf. Brown is looking to recoup close to $ 40 million that he lost to unpaid salary, fines, and voided guarantees.

Brown wants the $ 29 million he was guaranteed for the 2019 and 2020 seasons from the Raiders. He also wants to recover the $ 1 million signing bonus, the $ 215,000 that was garnished due to fines, and the $ 860,294 he was owed from the week he requested to be traded. As for the Patriots, Brown is seeking the $ 9 million signing bonus he was never paid, $ 64,062 from his Week 1 salary, and the remaining $ 1.025 million of his guaranteed money. This is accompanied by a breach of contract grievance that Brown has reportedly filed against New England. 

Although these grievances were filed on Friday, Rapoport believes that Brown won’t get his day in court until the spring. He’s also in for a tough fight. Brown is currently facing a civil lawsuit stemming from claims of sexual assault. The NFL has launched its own separate investigation into these accusations. It is believed that the Patriots cut ties with Brown because he sent one of his accusers threatening text messages.

This truly is a never-ending saga.

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Jewish American Activists Observe The High Holidays With Protests Against ICE

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Euro Drifts Toward Its Lowest Level Against Dollar In Years

The euro briefly sank below $ 1.09 this week, the lowest since 2017, as Europe takes the brunt of a global slowdown. Investors are now questioning: How low can it go?
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Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian-Americans in Admissions, Judge Rules

The lawsuit presented one of the biggest challenges to affirmative action in years, and is almost certain to reach the Supreme Court.
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Avon called to face lawsuit for discriminating against women

Beauty products maker Avon will have to face off in court against two former employees who say the company, which bills itself as being “the company for women,” discriminated against them after they became pregnant, it emerged this week. A Manhattan federal judge has ruled that Avon, which makes products for women sold (mostly) by…
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Patriots fans threaten reporter who revealed second accusation against Antonio Brown

Unhinged Patriots fans are menacing the football writer who exposed Antonio Brown’s second accuser — telling the man to ‘watch his back’ in chilling messages while apparently sharing his home address, he claimed Saturday. Robert Klemko — a reporter for Sports Illustrated — published screenshots of the racist and intimidating messages on his Twitter account…
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Meghan Markle to speak about violence against women on South African royal tour: report

Meghan Markle will speak out about “gender violence” when she arrives in South Africa on Monday for the royal tour.
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Whistleblower Complaint Against Trump Reportedly Involves Ukraine

A U.S. intelligence official’s concerns about Trump’s “promises” to a foreign leader involve Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes Her First House Endorsement Against Democratic Incumbent

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Talks carry on but no deal yet in UAW strike against GM

Auto workers and General Motors are back at the bargaining table after more than 49,000 employees went out on strike over stalled contract negotiations
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‘Start Here’: Another allegation against Kavanaugh and Congress weighs gun control

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Autoworkers Union Calls for Strike Against G.M.

The union and G.M. remain far apart on most of the major issues on the table. The strike plan was authorized at a meeting of U.A.W. regional leaders in Detroit.
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Zimbabwean doctors protest against abduction of union leader

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NFL picks Week 2: Latest odds, predictions against the spread for every game

The most talked about betting line entering Week 2 of the NFL season is the New England Patriots being almost three-touchdown favorites on the road against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots are 18.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning, and if that line doesn't hit 19.5 points, it will be the fourth-largest spread of the decade. The Patriots are 7-10 against the Dolphins in Miami with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback, but those past struggles might not be relevant this week.

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House Dems Leaning Against Calling Stormy Daniels as a Witness

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House Democrats are expanding their impeachment investigation to include a stepped-up probe into whether President Trump broke the law through alleged involvement in a payment scheme to silence two women from revealing their affairs with him before the 2016 election.

But congressional investigators are leaning toward not calling for testimony the would-be star witness in that probe: Stormy Daniels.

Daniels, the former porn star who was paid $ 130,000 to stay silent about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, said on Sept. 3 that she would be willing to testify before Congress. “I have no fear of being under oath,” she tweeted

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Google employees reportedly retaliated against for reporting harassment

Dozens of Google employees claim that when they filed complaints about harassment with human resources, they were retaliated against, according to a new report. An internal document obtained by Recode shows 45 retaliation claims collected by employees over the course of two weeks in April, with most of the cases yet to be disclosed publicly….
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NOAA staff warned in Sept. 1 directive against contradicting Trump

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Accusing Harvard Law Review Of Bias Against White Men

The suit takes issue with how Harvard’s legal journal chooses student editors, but didn’t provide sufficient facts, the judge said.
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Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat Does More Than Explain the Panama Papers—It’s a Rallying Cry Against Greed

The Laundromat, playing in competition at the Venice Film Festival and released by Netflix, begins as a seduction and ends as a manifesto. The switching of tracks shouldn’t work, and along the way the movie is sometimes a little too broad. But director Steven Soderbergh keeps the momentum going and then gracefully rounds the bend toward an end you didn’t see coming. Much of the movie is bitterly funny; some of it just amusingly droll. But the finale, a rallying cry that’s both galvanizing and wistful, is a wrap-up worth waiting for.

In the opening scene we’re introduced to two refined gents dressed in tuxedos, holding martini glasses aloft as they set out to explain the finer points of moving money around in order to hang onto it—and multiply it. Ramón (Antonio Banderas) and Jürgen (Gary Oldman) will be our guides to a world of greed and ruthlessness, and they’re dashing rogues. Sure, we know they’re bad—but they look so good.

The Laundromat is divided into sections, each identified by a maxim that helps explain how people like Ramón and Jürgen get so rich. In a chapter called “The Meek Are Screwed,” we meet a retirement-age couple of gentle averageness. Ellen (Meryl Streep, in a forthright, genial performance) and her husband (James Cromwell) are having a little holiday with friends on Lake George. They board a perfectly innocent-looking and surely 100 percent safe tourist boat, but there’s an accident. Ellen, a well-mannered sweetheart of a woman who rushes around in sneakers and a bucket hat, is forced to navigate the world of insurance settlements when she discovers that the check she’s been looking forward to, and badly needs, is dismally small. The company running the tours is also screwed: Its policy had been purchased from a scammer who’s currently in jail.

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Ellen, it turns out, isn’t completely meek, and she takes some initiative to learn all she can about this cheapskate insurance company. But she still can’t uncover the mystery of who, exactly, is benefiting from her misfortune. At one point, exhausted from sleeplessness and anxiety, she kneels in church to pray, thanking God for his blessings before she moves on to some anguishing questions about the divide between the rich and those who are struggling just to do OK: “What about those of us in the middle? We’re just falling farther and farther behind.”

Ramón and Jürgen know where Ellen’s money has gone, more or less. And they pop up again and again in the movie, spinning out a narrative that involves offshore investments, shell companies and all kinds of money laundering, some modes of which seem too bizarre to be true. If I were to tell you Ramón and Jürgen’s last names, you might recognize them, particularly if you have any knowledge of the 2016 Panama Papers scandal. But you don’t need to have any of that knowledge going in—Soderbergh lays the trail clearly, adding some Big Short-style graphics where they might be helpful.

Soderbergh isn’t always the most visually dynamic director, and here he’s more interested in crisp dialogue and the interplay between characters. But he’s enlisted a roster of delightful actors to play small but engaging roles (they include Sharon Stone, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeffrey Wright), and Streep herself plays more roles than one—but to describe the others in any detail would spoil the effect. At one point Jürgen and Ramón explain, breezily, that the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance is “as thin as a jailhouse wall.” They are, it turns out, the owners of a firm that helps clients avoid paying taxes, using methods that are in some cases technically legal, though once you know how they work, it’s a wonder how anyone who has benefited from them can sleep at night. There’s no cure for greed, and The Laundromat has no easy answers. But the only way to stop the spin cycle is to arm ourselves with some knowledge of how it works.


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Investor who was once FBI informant files $25M defamation lawsuit against rival

An epic shouting match between two of Wall Street’s biggest loudmouths is headed to court. Guy Gentile — a stockbroker and former FBI informant who in 2017 accused his ex-girlfriend of driving his Mercedes-Benz into his swimming pool — has sued a rival investor for $ 25 million over defamation, The Post has learned. Short-seller Marc…
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U.S. Appeals Court Freezes Antitrust Ruling Against Qualcomm

A federal appeals court halted for now a ruling that found Qualcomm committed an array of antitrust violations, a boost for the chip maker that allows it to maintain its business practices for the near future.
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Shares of General Electric fell in the pre-market Thursday after Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos released a report alleging that GE has masked the depths of its financial problems, resulting in inaccurate and what he's calling fraudulent financial filings with regulators. GE responded by saying it hasn't been contacted by Markopolos and the group's report was produced to help short sellers profit by creating volatility in GE's shares. CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" discuss.
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Two women say in a federal class action lawsuit they were sexually assaulted by a former gynecologist who worked for the University of California, Los Angeles
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Dove Joins Effort to Ban Discrimination Against Natural Black Hairstyles in the Workplace

Hair bias in the workplace is an issue that black people know too well. A recent study by Dove reveals that black women are 80% more likely to change their natural hair in order to meet social norms or expectations at work. On the other hand, many who don’t conform to Eurocentric standards are often penalized. According to the survey, black women are 50% more likely to be sent home from their jobs or know of a black woman who was sent home over their hair. Now, anti-hair-discrimination legislation is being championed by The CROWN Coalition, a national alliance comprised of Dove, the National Urban League, Color of Change, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

“Dove is proud to be a part of changing the narrative for black women and girls and anyone with textured hair, and we are excited to stand with The CROWN Coalition and Sen. Holly J. Mitchell to make a tangible impact in the state of California,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, EVP and COO of North America Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever, Dove’s parent company, in a press release.

Under the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair (CROWN) Act, employers and school officials will be prohibited from enforcing grooming policies that restrict natural hairstyles, like cornrows, braids, and locs. “The CROWN Act is about inclusion, pride, and choice,” said State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, the author of the bill, in a statement. “This law protects the right of black Californians to choose to wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms.”

Additionally, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law Wednesday making California the first state to ban discrimination against black students and employees over their natural hairstyles. During a press conference last week, Gov. Newsom said his consciousness about the stigmatization of black hair was raised last year when a black wrestler was forced to cut off his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match in New Jersey. Footage of a white woman cutting off the teen’s dreads went viral and sparked a firestorm of backlash. “His decision whether or not to lose an athletic competition or lose his identity came into, I think, stark terms for millions of Americans,” said Newsom. That type of discrimination “is played out in the workplace, it’s played out in schools.”

In February, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued a ban on hair discrimination, granting legal recourse for victims of the practice.

The unique set of challenges that black women face in the workplace is well-documented. A 2016 study, titled the “Good Hair” Study: Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Toward Black Women’s Hair, found that most people, regardless of race and gender, have an implicit bias toward women of color based on their hair. White women, however, have the strongest bias—both explicit and implicit—against textured hair, rating it as less beautiful, less sexy or attractive, and less professional than smooth hair.

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It’s A War Against Ghost In The Action-Packed Trailer For Season Six Of ‘Power’

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The premiere of the sixth and final season of STARZ’s Power is steadily approaching and by the looks of its trailer the series is going out with a bang.

In the trailer,  everyone that Ghost (Omari Hardwick) has considered his family is out to bring him to his demise or isn’t willing to stand with him as he weathers the storm.  He and Tommy (Joseph Sikora) have gone from brothers to arch enemies and when Ghost finds out that his son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) is dealing with him, he questions if he can trust his flesh and blood. To make matters worse, Dre (Rotimi) has been recruited by the District Attorney’s office to help bring down Ghost. Ghost is trying to clean up his image as he continues to establish the Queens Child Project and seek revenge against Tommy while trying to stay out of the fed’s radar.

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“I Want To Help Women & They Want To Attack Me” Andrea Kelly Says Women Have Attacked Her For Speaking Out Against R. Kelly

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Anytime a woman decides to speak up and share her truth at the expense of a man, she takes a risk. The risk is heightened when that man is Black, famous and beloved. And while there have been dozens of women who have spoken out against singer R. Kelly and his sexual perversion and physical abuse, for one reason or another, people are attacking Andrea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife and mother of his three children.

Andrea discussed the backlash she’s received in the last few months since going public with her story on tonight’s episode of “Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

Talking to Deb Antney, Andrea said that just when she thinks her life is regaining a level of normalcy, another headline surfaces and she often learns of her husband’s latest indiscretion with the rest of the world.

In her confessional interview, Kelly said, “These past few months have been a roller coaster of emotion. When I think about the ways that I have been abused by Robert, from being hogtied, having both of my shoulders dislocated, to being slapped, pushed, having things thrown at me, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse, words can’t even describe. There’s some things that I don’t even speak anymore. I feel like once you give it to God, you better leave it with God. Because if I don’t leave it with God, I’m definitely going to be somewhere with my hands on the glass, visiting my children.”

Later, talking to Deb she thanked her for the support she’s extended to her over the years.

“I wish more women had somebody like you. You really know the sh*t I have been through. And this sh*t I been going through lately with Robert all in the press…Man, if I didn’t have women like you, I think I would be done with females because they have attacked me in such a way. And here I am putting myself in a position because I want to help women and they want to attack me!”

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Broadway Composer Harold Arlen’s Estate Files Lawsuit Against Apple, Amazon, Google, and More For Selling Unauthorized Copies of His Music

According to Forbes, the son and estate of Broadway composer Harold Arlen has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Pandora, for selling over 6,000 unauthorized recordings of his music.
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Black Folks In D.C. Are Fighting Back Against Gentrification With #Moechella

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Gentrifiers have been trying to whitewash Black communities all over the country for decades now. However, one store in Washington, D.C., has unwittingly caused an uprising and now residents in the nation’s capital are fighting back in the best way ever. The Save Chocolate City Protest took place at the historic northwest Washington intersection of 14th and U streets Tuesday night and reportedly had more than 3,000 people in attendance.

Dubbed Moechella — a name that combined the Coachella music festival with “Moe,” a pronoun for a friend exclusively used in D.C. — the gathering invited people to demonstrate against gentrifiers who have been fighting the city’s native go-go music. D.C.’s paling population was most recently exemplified by a tone-deaf white man who wondered aloud on live TV why Howard University couldn’t just relocate to make room for other people who look like him.

Situations like that united Black D.C. Tuesday night for Moechella.

In case you missed it, a Metro PCS store in the historically Black Shaw neighborhood has been playing go-go music without any complaint for nearly a quarter of a century. But that all changed in March when T-Mobile, Metro PCS’ parent company, ordered an end to the musical tradition.

An online petition to keep the store playing its go-go-music was nearing its goal of 10,000 signatures.

That complaint silenced the music for several days. The hashtag #Don’tMuteDC went viral and there were protests with some local lawmakers joining. Council member Brianne K. Nadeau, who represents Shaw, wrote a letter to T-Mobile’s senior vice president for government affairs outlining the city’s history and go-go’s place in it, the Post said. Mayor Muriel Bowser added her voice to the protest.

By April 10, T-Mobile yielded to the increasing pressure and authorized the Metro PCS store to turn the music back on, the Washington Post reported.

John Legere, chief executive of T-Mobile U.S., tweeted his support for the longstanding tradition to continue.

Go-go music, typically described as funky percussion-based instrumentation, is many times compared to a junkyard band (in fact, one of the top go-go groups is called Junk Yard Band). Protesters feared that the muting of the speakers outside the mobile phone store was just a first step in a larger attack on their culture.

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A simple and brief intervention can provide lasting protection for adolescents against the harmful effects of food marketing. Researchers find that reframing how students view food-marketing campaigns can spur adolescents, particularly boys, to make healthier daily dietary choices for an extended period of time. The method works in part by tapping into teens’ natural desire to rebel against authority.
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Immune System Therapy Shows Wider Promise Against Cancer

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ATLANTA (AP) — A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future.

The treatment, called CAR-T therapy, involves genetically modifying some of a patient’s own cells to help them recognize and attack cancer. Richard Carlstrand of Long Key, Florida, had it more than a year ago for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs.

“We were going into unknown territories” to try this, he said, but now he shows no sign of cancer and “I couldn’t be happier.”

Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta.

The first CAR-T therapies were approved in 2017 for some leukemias and lymphomas. After being altered in the lab, the modified immune system cells are returned to the patient through an IV, which puts them right where the cancer is — in the blood.

But that approach doesn’t work well if the cells have to travel far through the bloodstream to get to tumors in the lung, breast, colon, or other places.

“Solid tumors are notorious for not letting the immune cells enter,” and not enough may make it in to have an effect, said Dr. Prasad Adusumilli of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A bigger worry is that the proteins on solid tumor cells that these therapies target also are found on normal cells at lower levels, so the therapy might harm them, too.

Adusumilli helped design a new CAR-T to try to avoid these problems and tested it on 19 patients with mesothelioma and two others with lung and breast cancer, respectively, that had spread to the chest lining. About 150,000 patients in the U.S. each year face this situation.

The modified cells were injected directly into the chest where the tumors were. A genetic safety switch was added so a medicine could be given to destroy the cells if they caused harm.

After the therapy, one patient was able to have surgery and radiation, and is doing well 20 months later with no further treatment. Fifteen others were well enough to start on a drug that boosts the immune system in a different way.

Eleven of the 15 have been studied long enough to report results. Two had signs of cancer disappear for about a year, although one later relapsed. Six saw their tumors shrink. Three saw their cancer worsen.

There were no severe side effects although some patients had temporarily low blood counts and fatigue.

Grants from the federal government and foundations paid for the work and a larger study is planned. Sloan Kettering has licensed the treatment to Atara Biotherapeutics and may get payments from it, as may Adusumilli.

A second study tested a different CAR-T therapy in 10 children and adults with advanced sarcomas — cancers that originate in various soft tissues or bones. Unlike other CAR-Ts that are usually given just once, this one was given multiple times, up to 15 in one patient’s case, if there were signs it was helping.

“From a single blood draw we make a large amount of the CAR-T cells and then we freeze them” and give them through an IV as needed, said Dr. Shoba Navai of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Two of the 10 patients had all signs of cancer disappear, one for 17 months and the other for nearly three years, so far. Three others had their disease stabilized. Five worsened despite treatment.

Side effects were similar to the other study. The therapy seems safe “and we have early signs that this treatment approach may help,” Navai said.

Several foundations and charities paid for the work.

“These studies are showing there may be a path forward in solid tumors” with CAR-T therapies, said Dr. Louis Weiner, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the conference leaders. It may hold promise for some cancers of the stomach, breast, colon, lung and other areas, he said.

Cost is a big issue — current CAR-T therapies are around $ 400,000 but can be made for far less than that in research centers. Doctors say they hope the cost will come down as more come on the market and find their way to wider use.

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Joe Biden Defends Himself Against Accusation of Unwanted Kiss: ‘Never Did I Believe I Acted Inappropriately’ But ‘I Will Listen’

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On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is said to be considering a third bid for the presidency, addressed an allegation that has rattled his campaign-in-waiting and overshadowed other ongoing storylines in the 2020 race to be the Democratic nominee.

“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” he wrote in a statement issued by his communications team.

The latest statement comes in response to an allegation from Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada State Assembly and the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, who wrote in a first-person essay on Friday that Biden had kissed her on the back of her head without her consent, prior to a speech she gave at a campaign rally he attended.

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The Last Legal Barrier Against Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Has Been Removed

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For transgender service members, the April 12 deadline just became even more urgent.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals officially dissolved the sole remaining preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s transgender troop ban.

The ban can now go into effect next month, barring any further legal developments.

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Report: Doc Rivers was advised against joining Lakers because LeBron James doesn’t want to be coached

Doc Rivers shot down rumors of defecting to the Lakers and said he agreed to a contract extension with the Clippers. Rivers focused on why he likes coaching the Clippers. There are people in southern California right in that environment telling Doc, “You don't want do this.” And one of those reasons is simply LeBron James.

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US President Donald Trump lashed out against social media platforms for discriminating against Republicans. Naming Twitter and Facebook in a news conference, the President said it is a very dangerous situation, and something should be done about it.

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World Health Organization joins fight against lax genetic editing standards

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It’s now been several months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed that he had successfully edited the genes of human embryos, which were then carried to term, resulting in the first genetically modified humans. His work was quickly shunned by all corners of the scientific community, and his fate remains unknown.

Last week, a large group of geneticists and researchers called for a moratorium on genetic editing until a robust regulatory framework could be established. Now, the World Health Organization is weighing in, and while it stops short of suggesting a prohibition on current genetics work, the group makes it clear that it supports regulations and oversight in genome editing.

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Jimmy Kimmel introduced his big guest Tuesday night by saying that on Nov. 3, 2020, she “could make history as the first woman—and the first Kamala—ever to be elected president of the United States.”

Asked how the whole running-for-president thing is going so far, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told Kimmel, “I’m enjoying it. I don’t know what that says about my personality, but I’m really enjoying it.”

As she began to talk about how “supportive” her husband Doug has been through this process so far, the host joked, “I don’t know if we’re ready for a first lady named Doug,” making the candidate crack up and confirm that her husband is “very secure” in his role.

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Jimmy Kimmel introduced his big guest Tuesday night by saying that on November 3, 2020, she “could make history as the first woman—and the first Kamala—ever to be elected president of the United States.”

Asked how the whole running for president thing is going so far, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told Kimmel, “I’m enjoying it. I don’t know what that says about my personality, but I’m really enjoying it.”

As she began to talk about how “supportive” her husband Doug has been through this process so far, the host joked, “I don’t know if we’re ready for a first lady named Doug,” making the candidate crack up and confirm that her husband is “very secure” in his role.

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Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel


Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot will not allow fans to pit women against each other, thank you very much. The Wonder Woman star took to Instagram on March 11th to praise fellow female superhero actress Brie Larson following the success of her new flick, Captain Marvel, released in theaters on March 8th. Gadot wrote, “I’m so happy for you sister! Congrats.” The message accompanied art of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in linked arms by artist Maxy Artwork.

Female superheroes supporting female superheroes.

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The highly anticipated Marvel film, the studio’s first female-led superhero movie, shattered box office records upon its March 8th release. The film earned $ 455 million worldwide during opening weekend, raking in more money than any other 2019 film within the course of just three days. Following the success of Captain Marvel, viewers were quick to compare the film to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. Of course, there were many fans who were not having such nonsense.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins even took to Twitter ahead of Captain Marvel’s release to send some love to the cast and crew. She wrote, “Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend. Love this gorgeous piece by @SamoanJYandall!”

Women supporting women is truly the best superpower.

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John Oliver Fights Back Against Robocalls on Last Week Tonight

John Oliver lashed out against automated phone calls on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, suggesting that robocalls are so aggravating that “hatred of them may be the only thing that everyone in America agrees on right now.”

While Oliver admitted that some robocalls are useful, such as automated calls about school closings or prescription reminders, “the vast majority vary from irritating to outright illegal.” It’s not just small or disreputable companies using robocalls, either. According to Oliver, the top robocallers each year include Capital One, Comcast, and Wells Fargo, who use the technology to “chase debts.”

And it’s getting worse, too, according to Oliver, who cited statistics showing that the number of robocalls increased by 57% last year, reaching nearly 50 billion robocalls in total. Some pundits estimate that robocalls will soon account for half of American’s mobile phone calls, Oliver said. The dramatic escalation in the number of robocalls has reportedly made the obnoxious practice the No. 1 complaint to the FCC every year, totaling more than 500,000 complaints a year, about 60% of all complaints received by the FCC. “They are definitely aware of the problem,” Oliver said.

To alert the FCC to exactly how irate people are about the problem, Oliver set up a robocall to all five of its commissioners, including his frequent target FCC chairman Ajit Pai, urging them to address the scourge that is plaguing America’s phone lines. At the click of a big red button, FCC members’ phones began ringing every 90 minutes, playing a recorded message that said, in Oliver’s voice: “Hi, FCC! This is John from customer service. Congratulations! You’ve just won a chance to lower robocalls in America today. Sorry, but I am a live person. Robocalls are incredibly annoying, and the person who can stop them is you! Talk to you again in 90 minutes. Here’s some bagpipe music.”


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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Gets Charges Dropped Against Student Who Wouldn’t Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

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Roc Nation is doing major things.

The philanthropic arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label rallied behind Jabari Talbot, the sixth grade boy who was arrested last month after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at his school in Lakeland, Florida. The student got into an exchange with a substitute teacher and according to Bay Area News 9, Talbot explained he would not take part in the pledge because “the flag was racist and the national anthem was offensive to black people.”

When the sub asked why wouldn’t he simply leave the country if he hated it so much, Talbot reportedly told her, “They brought me here.”

“Well you can always go back because I came here from Cuba,” she told him, “and the day I feel I’m not welcome here any more I would find another place to live.

Talbot was arrested shortly after the exchange by a school resource officer who claims the young man was being disruptive and refused to obey commands. According to an arrest affidavit, Jabari also threatened the sub with physical violence and told the principal and arresting officer that he’d get them fired.

The child’s arrest made national news and caught the attention of Team Roc, the Roc Nation division who is dedicated to assisting victims of perceived racial justice. They’ve worked on a number of cases from the “hoodie arrests” in Tennessee, 21 Savage’s legal battle against ICE and more.

Alex Spiro, the man Team Roc lended to support 21 Savage’s case, worked Talbot’s case pro bono and through he and Team Roc’s hard work, the case was dismissed.

“Jabari is a courageous and intelligent young man who deserves all the credit for standing up for his beliefs,” Spiro said in a statement. “He should’ve never been arrested or entangled in this situation—his freedom of speech rights were clearly protected under the 1st Amendment.”

His mother, Dhakira Talbot thanked Roc Nation and Team Roc for their efforts.

“My son and I are grateful for all the athletes, entertainers, Roc Nation and community of supporters that have raised awareness about this injustice and showed their support—both publicly and privately […]” she said. “Although Jabari’s case has been dismissed, I do want people to know this isn’t just about my son—this prejudice happens to African-American kids all across the country. The fight isn’t over, which is why I have a civil rights complaint pending with the U.S. Department of Education. At the end of the day, I want to ensure that no child ever has to experience this injustice again and we will appreciate everyone’s continued support.”

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Huawei has had enough, reportedly plans to file suit against the US

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A new chapter in the ongoing flap between the US and Huawei is about to get under way, with the Chinese smartphone maker reportedly planning a lawsuit to be filed against the US government later this week in Texas.

That’s where the company’s US office is located, and word of the suit comes via The New York Times, which reports that the lawsuit will focus on a defense spending authorization approved by Congress last year. In it, the federal government barred itself from using products made by Huawei as well as another Chinese hardware maker, ZTE.

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Pharma Execs Dig In For A Fight Against Outraged Senators

Senators got their first opportunity Tuesday to prod drugmakers about the wallet-emptying prices they charge for prescription drugs.

Almost in unison, the executives expressed support for eliminating rebates that flow to industry middlemen instead of patients; for increasing transparency about how they set prices; for shifting to a more value-based pricing system, in which outcomes are rewarded. Together they demurred when asked to commit to lowering list prices on drugs like insulin and the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira.

The drugmakers — AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer and Sanofi — appeared before the Senate Finance Committee as lawmakers mull how to best control rising drug prices. Several declined the committee’s first invitation to testify last month, agreeing to appear after committee leaders publicly named them prior to Tuesday’s hearing.

Outlining the problem, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the committee’s top Democrat, said that last fall 10 companies accounted for half of all profits in the health care sector, nine of them drugmakers. He pointed out that all but one of the drugmakers represented Tuesday were among the top 10 profit-makers.

“Your profits are outsized compared to others in the industry, you get a massive portion of your revenue from American taxpayers, and you bear none of the consequences of high drug prices,” Wyden said.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the committee’s Republican chairman, emphasized the seriousness of the hearing, opening with an unusual reminder to the executives that it is a crime to lie to Congress and pressing them to commit to lowering prices.

Even Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, a Republican who praised the industry for discovering lifesaving drugs — like the ones that help him live with Parkinson’s disease — expressed reservations. “When I can’t explain it, it’s tough, and I can’t explain the cost increases,” he said.

Congress has spent decades trying to contain rising drug prices, leaving some skeptical that even broad bipartisan support and the backing of the Trump administration is enough to wrangle the deep pockets of the pharmaceutical industry.

But Tuesday’s hearing offered some sense of what drugmaker opposition — or support — might look like.

Here are five key takeaways:

Targeting Rebates And PBMs

Each of the seven executives said they support eliminating rebates, or discounts negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers that lower the cost of drugs for those footing the bill — generally, insurance companies or larger employers. PBMs keep a portion of the rebate as payment, but patients are often the only ones who don’t benefit.

Yet, when asked about the Trump administration’s recent proposal to strip PBMs of their ability to claim rebates for brand-name drugs covered by government programs, not a single executive would commit to lowering list prices should the proposal be realized.

Drugmakers have long blamed PBMs for driving up costs, and — though they seemed to tone down their accusations after senators made it clear they would not tolerate finger-pointing — these executives were no exception.

Jennifer Taubert, the executive vice president and worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, called PBMs “extraordinarily effective negotiators.” Albert Bourla, who became the chief executive of Pfizer last month, said the company sets its prices “through negotiations with PBMs, and they are very powerful.” And Pascal Soriot, the chief executive of AstraZeneca, said the rebate system is “not sustainable.”

They were met with some notable skepticism. Wyden pointed out that about 40 percent of drugs covered under Medicare Part D don’t have a rebate, challenging the idea that rebates are at the heart of the problem. And PBMs, who weren’t in the room, pushed back against the blame.

“Drugmakers alone have the power to set prices,” JC Scott, the president and chief executive of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the national trade organization for PBMs, said in a statement.

Debating List Prices

Wyden had little patience for the executives’ emphasis on rebates, which he dismissed as “window dressing.” He was unequivocal: List prices set by the drugmakers are the real problem.

“I just want you all to know that the No. 1 reason consumers are getting hammered is because these list prices … are unaffordable,” Wyden said.

While the pharmaceutical industry is prone to dismissing list prices, because relatively few pay them after rebates and other discounts are applied, those prices are used to calculate copayments for some — such as seniors using Medicare Part D.

Kenneth Frazier, the chairman and chief executive of Merck, called the system “regressive,” lamenting that it is typically those without insurance who pay list prices.

“The biggest problem we have as a country is we have a system where the sickest and the poorest are subsidizing the others,” Frazier said.

Grassley and Wyden each pressed executives to commit to lowering list prices, especially if the Trump administration passes its proposal to eliminate rebates in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Executives balked, with some saying rebates would first need to be eliminated from the entire system, not just government programs.

“If the rebates were removed from the commercial sector as well, we would definitely reduce our list prices,” said Soriot of AstraZeneca.

The pharma executives did express support both for the vague notion of increasing transparency about how drugmakers set prices, and for shifting to a more value-based pricing system. “Imagine a system in which Pfizer gets paid based on the number of heart attacks we prevent” rather than the number of pills sold, said Bourla of Pfizer. 

Applauding The CREATES Act

All seven executives pledged support for the CREATES Act, which is designed to stop what Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb calls “shenanigans” perpetrated by brand-name companies to block competition. Pharma firms often refuse to supply makers of generics with needed samples to develop rival, less expensive products or abuse safety rules as another way of hindering competition.

Alleged culprits include companies represented Tuesday. The FDA’s “name and shame” list of those withholding samples, a list originally published last year, included AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson’s Actelion division and Celgene, which has agreed to be bought by Bristol-Myers.

The unanimous support for CREATES seems to put the executives opposite their own trade group, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which has staunchly opposed the bill and spent millions of dollars last year lobbying on it.

On Tuesday, PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl said the group is working with generics manufacturers “to jointly develop a modified version” of CREATES and would “work with policymakers on a bipartisan basis to advance this legislation.” 

Flap Over Prices Overseas

Senators hammered executives on price disparities between the United States and elsewhere, extracting admissions that the companies make money even in markets where prices are much lower.

“How is that not gouging the American consumer with high prices even though you’re giving other people, Western, industrialized countries, a better deal?” Wyden asked Richard Gonzalez, AbbVie’s CEO.

“I think that you charge more here because you can, and American taxpayers are subsidizing all of you to be able to have incredibly high profits,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.

Pharma bosses responded by saying that terms vary by market. Research and patient access could be threatened by over-regulation of U.S. prices, they said.

The result of lower prices in Europe is that “these medicines are available many years later than they are here,” Frazier said. “They actually provide very few of these medicines early on to their populations.” 

Friction Over Patents

AbbVie, the maker of the top-selling rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, came under especially intense — and notably bipartisan — scrutiny for its use of patents to thwart competition.

Wyden accused AbbVie of clinging to its exclusivity “like Gollum with his ring,” preventing lower-cost generics from coming to market and easing the burden on patients’ wallets.

Gonzalez said Humira’s multiple patents covered its different uses as they were identified. “Remember, Humira is like nine different drugs, 10 different drugs,” he said, referring to the fact that the drug is used to treat other diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was incredulous, pointing to the decades-long grip AbbVie has on Humira since it secured multiple patents on the drug without making changes to it, as well as the drugmaker’s lawsuit to block another company, Amgen, from creating a cheaper, biosimilar version. (AbbVie ultimately settled, agreeing Amgen could release its version in 2023.)

Perhaps the Senate Judiciary Committee should also investigate AbbVie as a matter of anti-competitive behavior, Cornyn said, turning to Grassley, who is also on that committee. Grassley agreed.

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In the latest effort by the Trump administration to ramp up pressure on the authoritarian regime led by President Nicolas Maduro, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company PDVSA.

The sanctions, pursuant to an Executive Order that President Donald Trump signed in November, bars Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) from selling oil to the United Stat
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