Category Archives: Washington Post

Facebook, Google and other big tech giants are about to face a ‘reckoning,’ state attorneys general warn

Some of the country’s most influential state attorneys general are signaling they’re willing to take action against Facebook, Google and other tech giants, warning that the companies have grown too big and powerful — and that Washington has been too slow to respond. For many of these top law enforcement officials, the fear is that […]
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The costs of failing to immunize children are staggering. Just ask one young boy in Oregon.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old was hospitalized for more than a month in a hospital at a cost of more than $800,000 after he contracted tetanus. A Ttetanus vaccine shot costs about $30 a dose. Five doses are enough to prevent a child from contracting the disease, which means immunization runs whoever is paying for care $150. […]
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Most states have the death penalty. Few actually carry out executions.

California’s moratorium on executions highlights a growing resistance to the death penalty in many states. The execution chamber at the San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has never been used, an $853,000 facility that has sat empty for more than a decade. After a federal judge assailed the old chamber as dimly lit and […]
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Measles outbreak: Unvaccinated children can’t return to New York school, federal judge rules 

Across New York, there have been more than 300 confirmed measles cases, but the parents still believe the exclusion order is causing them and their children “irreparable harm.” In a county at the epicenter of New York’s worst measles outbreak in decades, a group of parents are pushing to get their children back in school. […]
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Measles outbreak: Washington health secretary calls for national campaign to combat anti-vaxxers 

Sen. Rand Paul was the only speaker to raise the issue of ‘liberty’ over safety. A Senate panel warned lawmakers Tuesday about the dangers of false information about vaccines and called for a national campaign, similar to the one against smoking, to counter the public health threat posed by anti-vaccine groups. Virtually all the witnesses and members […]
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Why laws to fight sex trafficking often backfire

Rooted in racial panic, they seek to solve the wrong problem. “Sex traffickers — these are the worst human beings on Earth — exploit our porous border to sell young girls and women into modern-day slavery,” President Trump said at his rally in El Paso last month, arguing for building of a wall on the border of […]
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The ’heartbreaking‘ decrease in black homeownership

Racism and rollbacks in government policies are taking their toll. Vanessa Bulnes and her husband, Richard, bought their house on 104th Avenue in East Oakland, Calif., in 1992. The modest two-bedroom property is where they lived for 20 years, raising three children, and where Vanessa made a living running an in-home day-care center. Neighbors in […]
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Baby boomer retirements: Companies fear both the cost of older workers, and the cost of replacing their knowledge

The youngest baby boomers are around 55 years old. The oldest are in their 70s. Most Americans don’t remember a workforce without the largest generation. And yet, as boomers enter their final years in the workforce, their retirements are taking companies by surprise. Source: Baby boomer retirements: Companies fear both the cost of older workers, and the cost […]
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Day care is one of the most important economic issues of our time

It seems pretty clear that our 20th-century institutions are failing our 21st-century families. At this point, it seems pretty clear that our 20th-century institutions are failing our 21st-century families. Maybe the best way to tell is this: In 1990, 74 percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 54 either had a job […]
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EPA bans deadly chemical used in paint strippers — but provides a loophole for commercial operators

The Obama administration proposed a ban on methylene chloride in early 2017, saying it posed “unreasonable risks” to human health. The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday restricted the use of a toxic chemical used in paint and coating strippers that has been linked to dozens of accidental deaths. But the agency stopped short of the total ban […]
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