Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 411 words, a 2 minute read.
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After a century of progress against infectious diseases in America, experts now warn of a “very worrisome trend."
Why it matters: Infectious diseases kill far fewer today than a century ago, the AP notes, but the numbers are moving in the wrong direction.
The big picture: America remains very fortunate compared to our fellow global citizens.
Between the lines: America's measles elimination status isn't as important as "the fact that we remain highly vulnerable," Baylor pediatrics professor Peter Hotez told Axios' Eileen Drage O'Reilly earlier this year.
The bottom line: Backsliding is bad, particularly when it's largely the result of human choices, rather than mother nature's ingenuity.
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North Carolina receiver Dazz Newsome catches a touchdown in the first half against Temple in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland.
P.S. The college football playoff starts tomorrow:
Tom Hanks, American movie star, is now Tom Hanks, honorary Greek.
Between the lines: Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people “who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest.”