Sep 26, 2018

Trump says China has been "attempting" to influence midterms

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President Trump said that China has been "attempting" to influence the upcoming midterm elections while chairing a United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday. China's foreign minister denied the claim.

What we don't know: How they've been interfering — if at all — or for how long. President Trump claimed the Chinese "do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade, and we are winning...at every level." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier that there's "no question" the midterms will be safe from foreign influence.

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Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.

Coronavirus "infodemic" threatens world's health institutions

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The spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak is being matched, or even outrun, by the spread on social media of both unintentional misinformation about it and vociferous campaigns of malicious disinformation, experts tell Axios.

Why it matters: The tide of bad information is undermining trust in governments, global health organizations, nonprofits and scientists — the very institutions that many believe are needed to organize a global response to what may be turning into a pandemic.

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America's addiction treatment misses the mark

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Addiction treatment in the U.S. is critically necessary yet deeply flawed.

The big picture: Drug overdoses kill tens of thousands of Americans a year, but treatment is often inaccessible. The industry is also riddled with subpar care and, in some cases, fraud.

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