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Pharma Executives Worry About Presidential Candidates Demanding Reform
"He notes that PhRMA spent $18 million lobbying the federal government in 2015 alone. Records maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics show that drugmakers across the board spent more than $235 million on lobbying last year.

Das pointed to documents that show companies such as Johnson & Johnson spend more than twice the amount on marketing, sales and administrative costs than on research and development."
pharma  capitalism  america  policy  politics  law 
3 days ago
Rights group says Yemen rebels blocking aid to besieged city
"The influential cleric, Samahan Abdel-Aziz, also known as Sheikh Rawi, had delivered a fiery sermon against the al-Qaida and IS branches on Friday, the officials said. His body was found bloodied and bearing signs of torture in Sheikh Othman, an area largely controlled by extremists, they added.

Abdel-Aziz was kidnapped by gunmen outside his mosque late Saturday in the pro-government neighborhood of Bureiqa, they said."
yemen  war  saudiarabia  ISIS  ugh 
4 days ago
If Mary-Louise Parker Were Your Girlfriend - The Toast - The Toast
"As soon as they were staring at her – you’re used to people gawking at her by now – she would smile at you, kiss you full on the mouth, then stare at them back, dead in the eye, her face like thunder, until they came up and apologized for everything they ever did to you."

"If Mary-Louise Parker were your girlfriend, you would automatically attain all the rights and privileges of a sea captain but none of the responsibilities."
writing 
11 days ago
The crazy way Americans elect their presidents - BBC News
"But at the moment the 2016 election feels like one of those instant tests of online opinion to decide who should stay on the island, rather than who should become the most powerful person on earth - a process with an excess of razzmatazz, and a deficit of reason."

best use of razzmatazz in journalism so far
election2016  culture  america 
14 days ago
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