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8/24/2016

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, is facing blowback and calls for congressional investigations over a 400% price hike for the company's lifesaving EpiPen medication, which is depended upon by children with serious allergies. The controversy comes a year and a half after Mylan pulled off a tax-avoiding corporate inversion, a practice that Manchin himself has denounced.

8/24/2016

More than half of the nongovernmental players who met with Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state had given money to her family's foundation, according to an Associated Press investigation. The news cheered Republicans but was dismissed by Clinton allies as "cherry-picking" based on a relative handful of Clinton's total meetings during her time at the State Department.

8/24/2016

The Democratic Party has a 60% chance of taking back control of the Senate this fall, and there's a 17% chance the body will be evenly split. "With so many seats remaining uncertain, the race could still tip in either direction, with Republicans possibly retaining a slim majority or Democrats running the table," writes Josh Katz.

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8/24/2016

EU countries must step up their efforts to help move refugees from camps in Greece and Italy, said United Nations refugee chief Filippo Grandi. Efforts also must be made to end the conflicts that are causing people to flee their homes, he said.

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Reuters
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8/24/2016

The world must renew its goal of eliminating weapons of mass destruction, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Tuesday. Technology has made it easier for terrorists and criminals to gain access to WMD materials and "vicious nonstate actors that target civilians for carnage are actively seeking chemical, biological and nuclear weapons," he contends.

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The Associated Press
8/24/2016

A concerted effort must be made by all parties to call a 48-hour cease-fire so that humanitarian aid can be delivered into the Syrian town of Aleppo, United Nations relief chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Monday. The situation in Aleppo is the "apex of horror," he said.

8/24/2016

Community foundations saw a 1.8% decline in investment returns in 2015, compared with an increase of 4.8% in 2014, according to the Council on Foundations and Commonfund Institute. "This puts tremendous stress on grantmaking necessities," said Commonfund Executive Director William Jarvis.

8/24/2016

Summer Meals 4 Kids, a program run by the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and Operation Blessing in New Hampshire, has been handing out backpacks and school supplies to the children it serves. The nonprofit also provides about 350 children with free lunches during the summer months.

8/24/2016

Providing efficacy data to donors interested in your charity's cause can encourage both effective altruism and emotional giving, write four professors. Once donors find their pet cause, "they are more likely to utilize expected value information to choose between organizations that support that cause," they write.

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MarketWatch
8/23/2016

Hillary Clinton has spent $64 million more on ads during the general election campaign than Donald Trump -- an advantage that grows to $95 million when ads paid for by outside groups are included.

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NBC News, Politico