Josiah Takang

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Tweeting Oncologist Draws Ire And Admiration For Calling Out Hype

New advances in medicine also tend to come with a hefty dose of hype. Yes, some new cancer drugs in the hot field of precision medicine, which takes into account variables for individual patients, have worked remarkably well for some patients. But while many patients clamor for them, they aren't …

University of Chicago

Seth Rogen Refused to Pose For a Photo With Paul Ryan, Then Gave Paul Ryan a Piece of His Mind, All in Front of Paul Ryan’s Kids

The list of social activities open to Trump administration cronies keeps getting shorter and shorter: No Mexican restaurants, no non-Mexican …

Comedy

How Will Trump Lead During the Next Global Pandemic?

“There is a real reason for us to be scared,” President Obama’s Ebola czar said.<p>The next global epidemic is likely around the corner—and no amount of U.S. retrenchment from globalization will halt that outbreak at the U.S. border.<p>“There is a real reason for us to be scared of the idea of facing …

Disease

The Article That Made Atul Gawande a Household Name

The Harvard surgeon and author picked to head a new health venture for Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been …

Health Care

The 3 Reasons the U.S. Health-Care System Is the Worst

The head of the Commonwealth Fund, which compares the health systems of developed nations, pinpoints why America’s is so expensive and inefficient.<p>According to the Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, the best countries for health care are …

Health Care

Vote against the GOP this November

Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has …

Republicans

Trump misrepresents North Korea nuclear agreement

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> United States President Donald Trump offered a misleading characterization of his deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday, insisting the nation had agreed to begin "total denuclearization" right away.<p>In reality, the document he signed with Kim at their June 12 …

North Korea

Vulnerable House Republican calls for Trump to fire Stephen Miller

<b>(CNN) —</b> As chaos and confusion continued to swirl in Washington about the fate of some 2,000 migrant children separated from their parents at the border, a tweet from vulnerable Republican Rep. Mike Coffman on Thursday made it clear that Republicans are bracing for major blowback on the Trump …

Immigration

Housing markets across the country show dire warning signs — in West Coast tech hubs, it’s worse

Housing in America is getting more expensive, disproportionately burdening middle- and low-income people, and perpetuating wealth inequality. Those …

Housing

Can Netflix’s Set It Up Help Revive the Romantic Comedy?

The company has released its first genuine hit in the genre, continuing to expand into territory that most Hollywood studios have abandoned lately.<p>At the start of 2018, Netflix’s original-film department seemed to swerve in terms of tone. No longer was the company focusing on the sorts of …

TV

From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ to ‘Change the Laws!’

President Trump once vowed he would single-handedly fix the system, but faced with an opportunity to end family separations at the border, he instead is passing the buck to Congress.<p>Nearly two years ago, on July 21, 2016, Donald Trump stood at a lectern in Cleveland and made a solemn vow.<p>“Nobody …

Donald Trump

Have Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Students Solved The Nuisance Of Nasal Congestion?

A team of five biomedical engineering undergraduates at John Hopkins University (JHU) plan to manufacture and sell a device that they say would achieve the same effect as nasal reconstructive surgery for sufferers of chronic nasal obstruction – a condition that affects tens of millions of …

Medicine

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee’s one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Then they descended on Antioch, a quiet Nashville suburb, armed with iPads full of voter data and a fiery script.<p>The group, the local chapter for Americans for …

Urban Design

XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper killed Monday

Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy was small — he reportedly barely tipped 125 pounds on a scale — but he led with his fists. Violence radiated off him.<p>“I’ve been fighting since I was a kid,” he once said.<p>When Onfroy was 6, he tried stabbing a man who was messing with his mom, he would later boast. As a juvenile …

Crime

Trumpism's Tipping Point

Sometimes, we forget where we are. Momentary amnesia is the most charitable explanation for Donald Trump saluting North Korea's uniformed defense …

Angela Merkel

It’s Not Collusion, It’s Corruption

Democrats want to highlight Trump scandals in their push for Congress this fall—just not the one that has dominated headlines and threatens his presidency.<p>Democrats are planning to make the scandals surrounding President Trump a key part of their pitch to recapture the House majority this fall. But …

Campaign Finance

A Decision Too Important for Rick Perry

The Trump administration and its allies in Congress want the secretary of energy to determine whether to develop a new class of low-yield nuclear weapons.<p>A generation ago, the House of Representatives debated a matter of huge civilizational consequence: whether building a neutron bomb would help …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

A Portrait of America: Watching Robert F. Kennedy's Funeral Train Pass By

Following the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, his body was taken to New York City for a funeral mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. After the completion of the mass, Kennedy’s coffin was transported by a private funeral train from New York to Washington, D.C., to …

Robert F. Kennedy

America’s Whittling Away of Consumer Protections

By suddenly ousting a board of advisers, the head of the CFPB is continuing to shape the bureau in Trump's image.<p>Mick Mulvaney has been clear, so very clear, about his vision for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.<p>As acting director of the bureau, Mulvaney has already articulated his …

Civil Rights

The Trump Administration Is Driving Away Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Foreign-born founders start a huge number of the U.S.’s most lucrative businesses. But new government policies are making it harder for them to stay.<p>In late May, the Department of Homeland Security announced its plans to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, an Obama-era provision that …

Immigration

President Trump Is What Happens After Republicans Spend Decades Rebranding Knowledge as Elitism and Ignorance as Bliss

‘I don’t think I have to prepare very much’ for the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump says. Here’s how we ended up with president who’s all …

Donald Trump

The Madness of King Trump on Full Display at the G7

The Group of Seven is a club that is supposed to represent shared values. But, um, Trump doesn’t share any of them. No wonder he wanted his buddy …

Donald Trump

Bring Back ‘The West Wing’? Yes, Please

Easter eggs, the supernatural, returning characters: Here’s how Aaron Sorkin could revive a beloved TV series.<p>Dear Aaron Sorkin:<p>I am reading everywhere lately that you’re giving serious thought to rebooting “The West Wing,” the Emmy Award-generating machine that ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006. I’m a …

Scott Pruitt Is Overseeing a Fire Sale of the Public Health

We all know who his highest bidders are.<p>In his biography of Tsar Peter The Great, Robert Massie, whose son is running for governor here in the Commonwealth (God Save It!), began a chapter with a recitation of the titles of the various courtiers, suckfish, and hangers-on at the court of the Ottoman …

Scott Pruitt

This King Midas of Finance Says the 'Game Is Rigged'

I catch Tim Chen, the 35-year-old founder and CEO of NerdWallet, on the morning after the Oscars. Did he watch? “No, I was too busy binge-watching</i> …

She Flew Helicopters for the U.S. — Now She Wants to Turn D.C. Blue

When the suburbs became the embodiment of the American dream, people must have pictured something like Montclair, New Jersey, on a sunny weekend. …

Southwest pushes Cal coach traveling with biracial son for 'proof' she was his mother

It was something perfectly ordinary: Lindsay Gottlieb, who coaches the California women's basketball team, was about to fly with her 1-year-old son.<p>But her family then had what Gottlieb called an "uncomfortable and hurtful" interaction with a Southwest Airlines employee at a Denver International …

Airports

1968: The year America unraveled

1968 was the year the center did not hold. It was the year many Americans saw their country spinning out of control. It was a shocking time, a moment of danger, destruction and division — yet also a time of passion and possibility.<p>The polarization that plagues the nation half a century later was …

Jimi Hendrix

Woman killed herself after surgeon removed her ovaries during operation because ‘they were getting in the way’, inquest hears

A woman treated by one of Britain's best known surgeons killed herself after the doctor, who is under investigation by the NHS, removed her ovaries during an operation because "they were getting in the way".<p>Anthony Dixon, who built up an international reputation for using mesh to fix bowel …

Women's Health