Journalist’s Resource | The unseen side of the opioid crisis

What does corporate tax reform mean?

Lowering America’s corporate tax rate is a priority for the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans. Elsewhere in government, however, analysts are suggesting caution: The idea that lowering taxes sparks investment and encourages economic growth is a popular political talking point, but little research supports it. This is the second in a three-part series on tax reform. Check out the first, on loopholes and deductions.

Outside money targets school board elections

Advocacy groups and wealthy donors are influencing local school board elections nationwide. The Los Angeles Board of Education races in 2017 were the most expensive in U.S. history, with pro-charter school groups contributing nearly $10 million to help put two charter-friendly candidates in office. In some races, donors come from out of state.

Opioid prescriptions delay elderly recoveries

New research finds that the drugs responsible for America’s current public health emergency have negative effects beyond addiction, overdose and the spread of blood-borne illness. They also are linked with significantly longer hospital stays for elderly patients compared with those who did not receive opiates.

Maternal education: A matter of life and death for infants?

Teach your children well, not just for them, but for the next generation. A new study finds that infants whose mothers received less than 12 years of education are, in some states, more than twice as likely to die as those born to college-educated mothers.


President Trump said the Texas shooting was a “mental health problem,” not a “guns situation.” Are background checks working?

What we’re reading

For The Conversation, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State explains why the federal government doesn’t fund gun research.

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly asks CEO Jarl Mohn tough questions about sexual harassment allegations against Senior Vice President for News Michael Oreskes. (For more, here’s some research on the issue.)

EurasiaNet looks at how pundits framed the terror attack in New York last week. Uzbekistan, from where the attacker hailed, is not a hotbed of terrorism, as many were quick to claim. Instead, it’s an authoritarian country where, “under the guise of combating terror, authorities have jailed, intimidated or forced out countless religious activists and dissidents.”

Don’t miss the Paradise Papers from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the latest trove of financial documents detailing the offshore holdings of the global elite. We recently profiled research on how tax dodging contributes to inequality.

Americans are seriously stressed, Bloomberg reports. Take care and spend time with the people who make you happy.

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