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New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

Coke — which, like the C.D.C., is based in Atlanta — has also had two employees on Georgia Shape’s advisory board, in various years. One was Rhona S. Applebaum, Coke’s chief science and health officer. She left the company in 2016 after The Times reported that she had helped orchestrate a strategy of funding scientists who encouraged the public to focus on exercise and worry less about how calories contribute to obesity. Ben Sheidler, a Coke spokesman, said that someone from the Georgia Department of Public Health had solicited the…

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Trump speaks at commissioning of new aircraft carrier

President Trump officially commissioned the U.S. Navy’s newest and largest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, applauding the military’s strength. “When it comes to battle, we don’t want a fair fight. We demand victory and we will have total victory, believe me,” Mr. Trump said of the powerful aircraft carrier.  “American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world,” he added. “America’s might is second to none.” President Trump (C) is welcomed aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford in Norfolk,…

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Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administration’s goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a “secret list” of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. “They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what we’re hearing is that they just didn’t want to tell you about it,” said Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. “They thought it would be bad for…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Public Health: Byrd Bath: Seven Provisions That Could Disappear From the Senate Health Bill

The rules are complicated, but most come down to a key question: Does the change in the law affect the federal budget? Legislative changes with no budgetary impact are not allowed in reconciliation bills. Items that have a nominal budget impact, but are mostly there for policy reasons, are also supposed to be struck, though that’s a more subjective standard. Ms. MacDonough is just one person, but as long as she continues to hold the office, her say goes. That makes predictions difficult. But we convened a panel of experts…

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Europe Edition: Poland, ‘Brexit,’ O.J. Simpson: Your Friday Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Germany’s relations with Turkey took another turn for the worse over the persecution of human rights activists, including a German citizen, who had been arrested at a digital security workshop this month. Berlin told its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Turkey and threatened to scale back economic cooperation. Germany is home to Turkey’s largest diaspora and Turkey’s top export destination. Turkey’s foreign minister said Germany’s rhetoric was not “worthy of a serious country.” _____ Photo Credit Doug Mills/The…

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Traveling While Muslim to the United States

Among my circle of friends and acquaintances in London’s Muslim scene, especially those of us who have dual citizenship, traveling to the United States is now fraught with uncertainty, fear and insult because of President Trump’s travel ban, which was partly revived in June after a Supreme Court ruling. The temporary ban, which had been blocked for months by lower courts, has upended many lives, including those of vulnerable refugees from around the world. Some working professionals, like me in London, have had concrete plans to visit in the coming…

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