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For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

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‘A Spirit of Bipartisanship That Is Sorely Lacking Today’

3. Simply brilliant. Unapologetic, irreverent, unafraid and in your face. This is the reason why he became president and he reason why he’ll get re-elected. [Make America Great Again]! — RS in Philadelphia. Australian Woman Shot By Minneapolis Police Photo Credit Stephen Maturen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 4. Americans want to know: Take my chances with the assailant? Or take my chances getting killed by police? Tough call. — Mark Penney on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about Justine Damond, an Australian woman who was killed by…

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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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Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump report more previously undisclosed assets

Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to President Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, step off Air Force One upon arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on May 23, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner initially “inadvertently omitted” more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.  The previously unreported assets were added to updated financial disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows

In total, Ms. Trump will receive $1.5 million in fixed payments from the same three real estate entities. She stands to earn additional income from her stake in the hotel in Washington. The disclosures provided less specific figures for Ms. Trump’s earnings from her fashion brand, which were reported in ranges. From the beginning of last year to May 31 of this year, she or her trust earned at least $6 million from sales of her clothes, shoes and other accessories. Ms. Trump rolled her brand into the trust, which…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms. In the study, a single bilingual speaker made two recordings — one in English and one in Japanese — that were then played to the fetuses of two dozen pregnant women. English and Japanese are thought to be rhythmically distinct, providing a helpful case study in language contrast. The fetuses were on average about one month away from full…

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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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