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New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

Water fluoridation has been hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the top great public health achievements of the 20th century, but a new study raises questions about its role as a potential neurotoxin in utero. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found that increased…MORE

Fact-checking Trump’s vague claims about US background checks

Fact-checking Trump’s vague claims about US background checks

When it comes to tightening gun control laws, President Donald Trump has been consistently vague on what measures he supports, especially regarding background checks. His recent comments have only caused more confusion about his position, and fueled questions about whether he is walking back from comments he made immediately after the most recent mass shootings.…MORE

Planned Parenthood drops federal funding over abortion-referral restriction

Planned Parenthood drops federal funding over abortion-referral restriction

Planned Parenthood announced Monday it will drop federal funding over the Trump administration’s rule blocking the reproductive rights organization from talking to patients about abortion services. “Due to an unethical and dangerous gag rule, the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X,” Alexis McGill Johnson, the acting president and CEO of…MORE

Lawsuit alleges poor medical and mental health care in ICE detention facilities

Lawsuit alleges poor medical and mental health care in ICE detention facilities

The Southern Poverty Law Center and other immigration advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit Monday alleging a lack of medical and mental health care inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities across the United States. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of 15 named detainees and others, claims that individuals held in ICE custody have…MORE

Pence talks tough to China over Hong Kong protests as trade war continues

Pence talks tough to China over Hong Kong protests as trade war continues

Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that chances of a trade deal with China would diminish if Hong Kong’s laws are violated, also criticizing the country’s human rights violations as antithetical to American ideals. “We don’t want China’s markets to suffer. In fact, we want them to thrive,” Pence said during a speech at the…MORE

‘The Politician’ trailer has a very dark take on high school politics

‘The Politician’ trailer has a very dark take on high school politics

For those who think the 2020 campaign could do with some more witty one-liners, Netflix has released a trailer for its upcoming satire “The Politician.” Ben Platt stars as a wealthy high-schooler so focused on winning his student body’s presidential election that his own mother (Gwyneth Paltrow) comments that his “ambition frightens [her].” The trailer…MORE

Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein suicide

Bureau of Prisons chief removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein suicide

Attorney General William Barr removed the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department said Monday, replacing the agency’s top official in the wake of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein earlier this month. In a statement, Barr said Hugh Hurwitz, who had served in the acting position since last year, would return to…MORE

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