Mar 13, 2019

President calls New York's Trump Organization probe a "witch hunt"

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President Trump and the Republican National Committee publicly criticized the New York attorney general’s office and state Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) Tuesday over an investigation into his family business.

The big picture: The New York Times first reported the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas late to Deutsche Bank AG and Investors Bank over their financing of Trump Organization projects for a civil investigation. Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen testified that Trump inflated his total assets in financial statements. He presented Congress with statements he alleged were submitted to Deutsche Bank.

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Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish 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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