Sep 26, 2018

Suicide among young veterans is increasing

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The rate of suicide among veterans 18-34 years continued increasing in 2016, sitting at 45 suicides per 100,000, the Department of Veteran Affairs reported on Wednesday.

The big picture: The overall number of annual suicides among veterans decreased between 2015 and 2016, from 6,281 to 6,079. Additionally, there was a higher rate of suicide among veterans in the care of the Veterans Health Administration between 2005 and 2016 than those not receiving care. And while there was an increase in suicide among younger veterans, the majority of suicides (58.1%) came from veterans 55 years old and above.

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Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

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Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.

Brace yourself for a coronavirus outbreak

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Public-health officials’ warnings about the coronavirus are sounding increasingly urgent, with one top CDC official asking the public yesterday "to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad."

Reality check: Other administration officials, including President Trump himself, were more subdued in their assessments. But underneath those tonal differences, the reality of the coronavirus is the same: It spreads quickly, and has already spread to many countries, making it likely to start spreading here, too.

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Exclusive: Pro-Trump group plans post-Super Tuesday blitz on Democrats

Democratic presidential hopefuls take the debate stage in South Carolina. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images

Pro-Trump super PAC America First Action is preparing to unleash a series of targeted, swing-state attacks on the Democrats most likely to face President Trump after Super Tuesday, people familiar with the group's plans tell me in an exclusive preview of its strategy.

The state of play: The group has been tracking favorable/unfavorable ratings in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 2020 candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg — under the theory that if Trump wins each of these six states he would win re-election.