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Doughnuts frying in a New York shop. Photo: Mark Lennihan / AP

"How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food," by N.Y. Times' Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel:

  • What's new: "Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight."
  • "At the same time, ... the growing availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods is generating a new type of malnutrition, one in which a growing number of people are both overweight and undernourished."
  • Why it happened: "Even critics of processed food acknowledge that there are multiple factors in the rise of obesity, including genetics, urbanization, growing incomes and more sedentary lives."
  • "Part of the problem ... is a natural tendency for people to overeat as they can afford more food.
  • Why it matters: "Obesity rates in the United States, the South Pacific and the Persian Gulf are among the highest in the world — more than one in four Americans is obese."
  • "[O]ver the last 35 years, obesity, defined as having a body mass index over 30, has grown the fastest in ... Latin America, Africa and Asia."
  • The stats: Obesity in the U.S. went from 10% in 1980 to 27% in 2015. In Brazil, it went from 7% to 18%. In China, it went from 0.7% to 5%. In Mali, in West Africa, it went from 0.7% to 11%.
  • "There are now more than 700 million obese people worldwide, 108 million of them children ... The prevalence of obesity has doubled in 73 countries since 1980, contributing to four million premature deaths."

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Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger hasn't given up on the idea of the Mac once again using Intel chips, but he acknowledges it will probably be years before he gets that chance.

  • In the meantime, he is focused on powering Windows machines that give Apple CEO Tim Cook a run for his money.

Why it matters: In getting pushed out of the Mac, Intel not only lost a customer, but picked up a new rival.

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U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, in an "Axios on HBO" interview, said he's reluctant to withhold federal funding from states that won't enforce school mask mandates because he doesn't want to hurt students.

Why it matters: Cardona's comments suggest there are limits to how far the Biden administration will go in pressuring states to adopt universal masking — or vaccine mandates.

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  • When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in.“
  • I don't know that,” the senator said during our interview in Chalmette, La.