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This Drug Maker Just Gave Up Patents In The World’s Poorest Countries

Over the last two decades, activists have put pressure on drug companies and global regulatory authorities to license expensive, patented drugs to …

Developing Countries

Goldman Sachs Finally Admits it Defrauded Investors During the Financial Crisis

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs (gs) has agreed to a list of “facts” in addition to paying $5.1 billion to settle a lawsuit related to its …

The Panama Papers Could Lead to Capitalism's Great Crisis

It’s hard to know where to start in tallying up the explosive revelations in the Panama Papers, an analysis of leaked documents from global law firm …

What’s the Point of Streamlining Nature?

When the theoretical physicist Richard Feynman died, in early 1988, he left behind a maxim scrawled on the blackboard of his office at Caltech: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” The words have been repeated often by scientists in many fields, but never so indelibly as when researchers at …

Biology

The Democrats own this mess too: Gerrymandering and obstructionism alone can’t explain American inequality

<b>Barack Obama, Bill Clinton (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Ron Frehm/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Progressives are told time and again that Clinton and Obama are the best their party can do. It’s a total crock<p>Thomas Frank<p>March 31, 2016 8:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>[<i>This piece</i> …

Bill Clinton

Robert Reich: America’s problem isn’t free trade — it’s the demise of an entire economic system

Factory work was once the backbone of the middle class. Now it’s all but gone, replaced by low-paying service jobs<p>Robert Reich<p>March 17, 2016 8:30am (UTC)<p>Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are blaming free-trade deals for the decline of working-class jobs and incomes. Are they right?<p>Clearly, …

The shameful Bernie race smear: Hillary supporters have played a dirty, dangerous game

<b>Bernie Sanders, HIllary Clinton (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton/Brian Snyder/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The toxicity — and falseness — of the “Bernie so white” narrative is a real stain on Democrats and the left<p>Andrew Jones<p>March 12, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Nothing this primary season in the Democratic presidential …

Middle-class

The Republican 'establishment' made Donald Trump's nomination possible

Members of the Republican "establishment" are finally grappling with the likelihood that their party is about to nominate Donald Trump. But they still don't understand how they brought this phenomenon on themselves.<p>Here is my suggestion to them: If you want to understand how Trump invaded your …

Republicans

Ceramic pill could help US government reduce painkiller addiction

Millions of Americans are addicted to painkillers, with the death rate from opioid addiction doubling over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The US government is attempting to crack down on the problem. Several states have introduced stringent laws that …

The Long Con

Mitt Romney is a liar. Of course, in some sense, all politicians, even all human beings, are liars. Romney’s lying went so over-the-top extravagant …

Wall Street's Awful Start This Year Could Be Short-Lived

With financial markets having their worst start to the year in history, investors are following the advice of bears such as Royal Bank of Scotland to …

Warren praises Sanders' Wall St. speech

Though she has not yet endorsed a presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday offered some strong praise for Bernie Sanders.<p>"I'm glad @BernieSanders is out there fighting to hold big banks accountable, make our economy safer, & stop the GOP from rigging the system," she tweeted as …

Saudis cut ties with Iran following Shiite cleric execution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Shiite powerhouse Iran amid escalating tensions over the …

South Asia

Donald Trump changes tune on wages after Bernie Sanders broadside

After previously saying wages were "too high," Trump instead stressed Monday that they were actually "too low."<p>In the Monday-morning tweet, Trump also said that good jobs were "too few" and that people had "lost faith in our leaders."<p>The apparent shift came after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a …

We have Lincoln wrong: Our greatest Lincoln historian explains his real Civil War motivations

<b>Abraham Lincoln (AP/Alexander Gardner)</b><p>Too often, we settle for the idea that Lincoln fought to save a mythical union. He really fought for opportunity<p>Harold Holzer • Norton Garfinkle<p>December 26, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American …

War

SNL perfectly captured the dynamics of the Republican presidential race

Beck Bennett, playing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), at multiple points took a "desperate swipe" at front-runner Donald Trump, only to be swatted away by the real-estate mogul.<p>"Jeb, you're a very nice man, but you're basically a little girl. Folks, this is true, I got a hold of Jeb's birth …

Jeb Bush

Bush vs. Gore's ironic legal legacy

Fifteen years after Bush vs. Gore, 15 years after the Supreme Court intervened in a presidential election, a single sentence in the majority opinion remains one of the great constitutional brainteasers in our history. If we take the sentence at face value, it's nonsensical; if we ignore it, we …

Government

Watch Carly Fiorina explode at CNN’s Chris Cuomo for refusing to allow her to continue to lie about Planned Parenthood

<b>(CNN)</b><p>Sinking in the polls, the GOP hopeful berates Chris Cuomo for calling out her ceaseless Planned Parenthood lies<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>December 11, 2015 4:30pm (UTC)<p>Fading Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina appeared on CNN's "New Day" Friday only to discover that co-host Chris Cuomo …

Planned Parenthood

Why ISIL won't be defeated

In late August 2006, John Mearsheimer and Steve Walt published a book called 'The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy', ever since life, says Mearsheimer, has been fundamentally altered.<p>"If you criticise Israel or criticise the lobby, you pay a significant price and most people are unwilling to pay …

Middle East

New Anti-Aging Drug Could Extend Human Life Span to 120 Years

<i>By Max Berlinger for DETAILS</i>.<p><i>(photo: Getty Images)</i><p>Do you ever think that it's kinda crazy that we can order pizza from our cellphones and yet no one can figure out how to stop (or at least slow) the inevitable march towards death? Well, you're not alone.<p>Science has been trying to figure out this …

Medicine

The Republican Party is now America’s largest hate group

<b>Donald Trump (AP/Paul Vernon)</b><p>Led by Donald Trump, the GOP has abandoned its traditional dogwhistles in favor of a more overt approach to racism<p>Daniel Denvir<p>November 27, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>The Republican Party has put down the dogwhistle and picked up a megaphone.<p>After two Bostonians allegedly beat up …

Online Polls Are Rising. So Are Concerns About Their Results.

Two of the most important trend lines in political campaign polling might be about to cross.<p>One is the rise of online polling. The other is the decline of telephone surveys because of rising costs and possibly declining quality, tied to the fact that fewer Americans are willing to participate in a …

This could be the next weapon of mass destruction

The atom bomb took more than 10 years to go from scientific conception to reality. The next weapon of mass destruction could take much less.<p>On Thursday (Nov. 19), a special agent from the FBI met with researchers in Washington, DC to talk to a scientific panel about the risks of a powerful new …

Hillary Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders’ Progressive Agenda

Why is she talking like a Republican?<p>This is why Hillary Clinton makes so many progressives queasy.<p>The former secretary of state and front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has launched a new attack on her chief rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The subject is taxes and Sanders' …

Why France has become a prime target for terrorists

John Schindler, the national-security columnist for the New York Observer, tweeted on Saturday: "Jihadists with Balkan small arms were shooting up France in 1995 ... got no idea why anybody is surprised by last night's horror."<p>Attackers used guns and bombs at several sites across Paris on Friday, …

Middle East