Nov 22, 2018

Trump talks border security, trade with troops on Thanksgiving call

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In a Thanksgiving phone call with members of the military, President Trump discussed the need for better trade deals and stronger border security, turning a traditionally festive call into a political one, CNN reports.

The details: Trump said that the people coming towards the southern border are "bad people,” per CNN, and that "[w]e're not letting in anybody, essentially, because we want to be very, very careful." Trump also threatened a government shutdown over border security and claimed that Hillary Clinton deleted over 100,000 emails, without evidence. It's typical for presidents to make calls on holidays to thank troops for their service; it's less typical for those calls to include political talking points.

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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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CDC issues travel warning as South Korea coronavirus cases near 1,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The CDC warned travelers in an alert to avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea, as the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country rose to 977 on Tuesday morning.

The big picture: WHO has expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,703 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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