Inside the Effort to Help Lowndes County’s Water Issues

On this remote Alabama highway nearly 60 years ago, thousands of activists marched from Selma to Montgomery to demand that the state stop blocking Black Americans’ right to vote. The clash that followed—peaceful protesters confronted by uniformed police wielding clubs and tear gas—helped catalyze federal voting rights legislation. Many of the families here in Lowndes … Read more

How the intermediary economy makes everything more expensive

TThe Federal Trade Commission recently launched an investigation into the practices of pharmacy benefit managers, known in the industry as PBMs. PBMs are the hidden middlemen that were supposed to make drug distribution more efficient. However, over time, they’ve grown in size and power, and research suggests they’ve contributed to the rapid rise in prescription … Read more

Twitter Whistleblower Alleges Deception: Allegations from Docs

Twitter’s former top security official has alleged that company executives endangered national security through “egregious deficiencies” in privacy and security and systematically misled users, members of its board, investors, and government officials about those vulnerabilities. The former official, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, is a famous hacker and one of the nation’s top cybersecurity experts. He served … Read more

Court upholds graft conviction of former Malaysian PM

PUTTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Malaysia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s 12-year prison sentence for looting the 1MDB state fund. Najib’s loss on his final appeal means he will have to start serving his sentence immediately, becoming the first former prime minister to be imprisoned. The five-member Federal Court … Read more

Singapore’s lukewarm concession to gay rights

srime minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Sunday that Singapore will repeal a law criminalizing sex between men – but it wasn’t all good news for LGBT rights. He told me in a National Day speech that the tightly-governed city-state would repeal the law because it was “the right thing to do”. However, he also … Read more

The first Omicron Booster submitted to the FDA by Pfizer-BioNTech

aAll COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States target the same original strain of SARS-CoV-2. But boosters designed to protect against Omicron’s latest sub-variants could come soon. On August 22, Pfizer-BioNTech submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize an Omicron vaccine. The shot targets BA.4 and BA.5, which now … Read more