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1st federal opioid crisis trial to focus on distribution

“The federal Drug Enforcement Administration kept raising the quota for how many should be made even as overdoses rose” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. An Associated Press analysis of federal drug distribution data found that in 2012, enough prescription opioids were shipped for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have a 20-day supply.In the only opioid crisis case to go to trial so far in state court, an Oklahoma judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson and ordered the company to pay $572 million in damages.With just…

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Public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks

“Some election officials could be hesitant about public disclosures, concerned their agencies would be portrayed in a negative light” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Federal officials believe Russian agents in 2016 searched for vulnerabilities within election systems in all 50 states.The public still doesn’t know which Florida counties were breached by Russian agents in the 2016 election. Source: seattletimes.com

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Boeing survey found 1 in 3 employees felt ‘undue pressure’ over safety approvals

“Boeing declined to comment on the survey, but a board member has said an internal review found no signs that undue pressure had compromised safety” writes Andrew Tangel for marketwatch.com. The survey, which hasn’t been reported before, wasn’t specifically focused on the Max but covered employees across a range of Boeing commercial airliner programs; it came near the end of the Max’s multiyear federal approval process.Investigators for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee looking into the design and certification of the 737 Max have received details of a three-year-old internal…

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Summit County to dismiss opioid claims against small distributor as other drug companies prepare for first federal trial

“The company was only also a defendant for the lawsuits filed by Summit County, even though claims made by both Cuyahoga and Summit counties were combined for the trial” writes Cleveland Com for cleveland.com. CLEVELAND, Ohio — An attorney representing Summit County said Sunday that his team plans to dismiss claims against a small health care and dental products distributor before the nation’s first federal opioid trial commences this week.The company faces other lawsuits nationwide, but Rice said the decision to drop them was only for the Summit County lawsuit.Of…

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Fact-check: Suburban legislator wrong in claim that 30% of the nation’s poor live in California

“During a conversation about the graduated income tax on a WCPT-AM talk show, a caller mentioned California in a positive light” writes Better Government Association for suntimes.com. In the thick of tax policy debates, Illinois politicians often point to other states to make their case.J.B. Pritzker, who is spearheading the push — about how states with graduated tax systems are functioning.While California’s poverty rate ranks among the nation’s highest, federal data show the state is far from being home to a third of the nation’s poor.It was a striking criticism…

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Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

“Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. The study found 95% of the food tested contained lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium.It found one in four baby foods that were tested contained all four metals.NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals.A study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures found the presence…

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More than 375,000 obtain new state Real IDs

“The standard issued state IDs most people have in their wallets will no longer be accepted by airport security as of Oct. 1, 2020” writes Jake Wittich for suntimes.com. If you don’t fly or enter federal buildings, then don’t worry about updating your ID, the standard state ID or driver’s license will serve you fine.The change is part of the Real ID Act, a federal law aimed at increasing security measures to counter identification fraud. Source: suntimes.com

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DeFazio threatens to subpoena GSA for Trump Hotel documents

“Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House committee that oversees federal buildings, threatened today to subpoena the General Services Administration if the agency does not hand over documents related to the Trump Hotel by next week” reports politico.com. DeFazio’s committee, the House Transportation Committee, has been investigating the federal government’s lease of the Old Post Office Building for the Trump International Hotel. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction, say the agency has failed to provide certain financial documents and made false claims of attorney client and deliberative…

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Income of top 1% increases to $500,000 a year and up

“However, the bottom half of the income distribution pays very little toward the federal income tax” writes Bloomberg News for seattletimes.com. The top 1% earned 21% of the country’s income, and paid 38.5% of federal individual income taxes.The law lowered individual income tax rates while eliminating many deductions and slashing the rate on U.S. corporations to 21% from 35%.The top 1% paid a greater share of income tax to the U.S. Treasury than the bottom 90% combined (29.9%).Overall, the IRS data shows the U.S. collected $1.6 trillion in income taxes…

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