Dec 12, 2017

12/12/2017: Would you give CVS access to your medical records?

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In the aftermath of CVS’ $69 billion deal to buy health insurance giant Aetna, the company wants to turn its MinuteClinics into health care hubs where people can get even more of their basic needs met. But what would…

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An impossible race, and why Italians love this particular shade of red

Dec 12, 2017
In 1907, a small group of automobile enthusiasts wanted to see if it was possible to race from China to France.
A vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO which won the 1963 Le Mans GT race outside Bonham and Brooks auction house in London, 30 October 2000.
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What the merger of CVS and Aetna could mean for customers

Dec 12, 2017
With access to Aetna's 47 million customers, CVS wants to transform its stores into "health care hubs."
A CVS MinuteClinic in north Philadelphia.
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Republicans want $700 billion in defense spending next year. Can they get the Democrats on board?

Dec 12, 2017
President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act today. It calls for around $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018. That would blow right through the spending caps Congress agreed to back in 2011. Congress has to…

Westfield mall owner agrees to sale

Dec 12, 2017
Europe’s largest commercial landlord, Unibail-Rodamco, announced plans today to buy the Westfield Corp. for almost $16 billion. Westfield is an Australian company that has 35 mostly upscale malls in prime locations across the United States and United Kingdom. But even…

Puerto Rico’s hurricane damage derails debt repayment plan

Dec 12, 2017
Economists say the island is economically crippled for the foreseeable future.

A Baltimore program tries to help unmarried couples with children build more stable relationships

Dec 12, 2017
There's a marriage divide in the US that's leaving many working-class and poor kids "doubly disadvantaged," a researcher says.
Tanisha Asamu (left) and Robert Johnson pick up their kids after a relationship class at Baltimore's Center for Urban Families.
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The Treasury Department's tax plan analysis is one page long. Really.

Dec 12, 2017
Is empirical analysis dead? We ask Politico's Ben White.
A statue of Alexander Hamilton, the first United States secretary of the Treasury, stands in front of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.
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In the aftermath of CVS’ $69 billion deal to buy health insurance giant Aetna, the company wants to turn its MinuteClinics into health care hubs where people can get even more of their basic needs met. But what would it take for this to happen? And since we can’t go one day without talking taxes, we discuss the Treasury Department’s one-page analysis of the bill with Politico’s Ben White. Plus, President Donald Trump signed a bill granting nearly $700 billion in military spending today, Europe’s largest commercial landlord is buying mall operator Westfield for $16 billion, and marriage is half as common for low-income couples as it is for middle- and upper-class adults, making us wonder: What’s the effect on children?

 

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Uncle ACE Blood Orange
Reflektor Arcade Fire
Sugah Daddy D'Angelo
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