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How New Rules Meant to Protect Investors Could Widen the Wealth Gap

1/18/2022
The Securities and Exchange Commission is pushing for significant changes in how private funded companies operate and who can invest in them, the agency said this week. The proposed changes probably won’t benefit rank and file American investors but will likely help people who are already rich get even wealthier. While the details remain unclear, the SEC says it wants to increase the financial transparency of large companies which raise money away from the public markets.

Duration:00:05:57

Column: How We Can Spot the Next COVID-19 Variant Even Faster

1/18/2022
In Durban, South Africa, scientists led by Dr. Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) at Stellenbosch University, were conducting routine genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 from different regions when they noticed worrying variations in genomes clustered in Gauteng Province.

Duration:00:07:24

Xi Jinping Rejects ‘Cold War Mentality’ and Calls for Cooperation at World Economic Forum

1/18/2022
GENEVA — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that his country will send an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, calling for global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and other challenges while urging other powers to discard a "Cold-War mentality” — a veiled swipe at the United States.

Duration:00:05:37

Column: The Right to Vote Is More Important Than the Filibuster

1/18/2022
When I was Governor of Maine, I used to have a standing bet with my fellow Independent Governor, Jesse Ventura of Minnesota, about which of our states would have higher voter turnout. As we saw it, that was what our system is all about— the more engagement we drove in our democratic process, the more effectively our government could recognize and respond to the challenges facing our citizens. It seems that mindset has shifted over the last few decades.

Duration:00:06:05

This Extremely Rare 555.55-Carat Black Diamond Is Coming Up for Auction

1/18/2022
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world. Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond — believed to have come from outer space — “The Enigma.” The rare gem was shown off on Monday to journalists as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before it is due to be auctioned off in February in London.

Duration:00:01:50

How Martin Luther King Jr. Changed His Mind About America

1/17/2022
More than fifty years after his death, Martin Luther King Jr. remains a towering figure in the history of American civil rights. As with most influential thinkers, there is a certain amount of ambiguity in the public understanding of King and his legacy. White Americans were very skeptical of King while he was alive, but as his reputation and popularity grew, advocates of very different positions tried to claim him for their own.

Duration:00:06:52

The Enthusiast’s Guide To At-Home COVID-19 Tests

1/17/2022
The COVID era has brought us many new experiences: mask-wearing, remote schooling, sheltering in place. The majority of these have been onerous and dreary. It's amazing how energy-sapping it is to just have to wait for something to be over.

Duration:00:09:29

Democrats’ Odds of Passing Voting Rights Reform Looked Bad Before Biden Went to the Hill—And Worse After He Left

1/17/2022
Joe Biden spent more than three decades in the Senate. He understands its arcane rules. He once showed a prowess for shepherding complex legislation past obstinate Senators from both parties. But as he closes out his first year as President, Biden has failed to get two of his signature legislation efforts past Senators of his own party.

Duration:00:06:18

Column: Voting Rights Isn’t Just a Black Issue

1/17/2022
Ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, President Biden visited the grave of Dr. King in Atlanta and gave the angriest speech of his presidency, insisting that the Senate has a moral obligation to protect voting rights. After months of delay, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer finally moved to at least force open debate on federal voting rights legislation this week. As the nation honors Dr.

Duration:00:06:33

Novak Djokovic Leaves Australia After Losing Deportation Appeal

1/17/2022
MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday evening after losing his final bid to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19. A court earlier unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player’s challenge to cancel his visa. Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling but respected it.

Duration:00:07:03

Column: U.S. Food Prices Are Up. Are the Food Corporations to Blame for Taking Advantage?

1/16/2022
2021 was a bad year for grocery bills. Shoppers paid 6.4% more for groceries in November 2021 compared to November 2020, according to the consumer price index. All food prices were up a bit more than usual but the most dramatic price increases come from meat, pork cost 14% more than a year ago and beef cost 20% more. These increases are slowing, per consumer price data released January 12th, but show no signs of dropping to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.

Duration:00:12:16

Nose or Throat? The Best Way to Swab for At-Home COVID-19 Tests

1/16/2022
The first challenge with rapid at-home self tests for COVID-19 is getting one. But once you have a test, there are now growing questions about what body part you should swab to get the most accurate and reliable results. Your nose? Throat? Cheek? What about your saliva? All of the self tests authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are validated only with nasal samples.

Duration:00:09:43

Older Americans Are the Ignored Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

1/16/2022
Death certificates have dispelled any doubts about just how devastating the opioid epidemic is. Between May 2020 and April 2021, drug overdoses caused more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S., according to provisional data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And a new analysis suggests that many of these deaths are from a somewhat surprising group: older Americans. In adults ages 55 and older, opioid overdose deaths rose tenfold between 1999 and 2019, surging from 0.

Duration:00:06:19

“A Huge Mistake.” The E.U. Jeopardizes its Climate Goals By Labeling Natural Gas as Green

1/16/2022
A long-simmering debate about the future of natural gas has been forced to a head in Europe this month, as the E.U. considers classifying some projects involving the fossil fuel as sustainable investments in official advice for the private sector due to be published by the end of January. Burning natural gas produces carbon dioxide—but around 50% less than burning coal. The E.U.

Duration:00:10:42

Column: Don't Sell Your Fossil-Fuel Stock If You Want to Make a Climate-Change Difference in 2022

1/16/2022
In 2022, investors who want to address climate change should focus on one simple but essential goal: active stock ownership. They should engage with companies on both sides of the energy transition–those heading in the right direction and those falling woefully short and move away from blame and toward responsibility. Engine No.

Duration:00:04:35

Kid of the Year Finalist Kai Shappley, 11, Takes on Lawmakers in Her Fight for Trans Rights

1/16/2022
Kai Shappley didn’t feel scared when she sat before the Texas Senate committee in April 2021. Wearing a flowing yellow blouse, floral skirt and cowboy boots, the then-4th grader calmly introduced herself. “I love ballet, math, science and geology. I spend my free time with my cats, chickens, FaceTiming my friends and dreaming of when I finally get to meet Dolly Parton,” she testified. “I do not like spending my free time asking adults to make good choices.

Duration:00:07:18

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight

1/16/2022
Many of us are lacing up our sneakers and starting (or restarting) exercise regimens in hopes of shedding unwanted pounds. Unquestionably, aiming to be more active is a good thing. But if the main reason is to lose weight, your New Year’s resolution could very well backfire. For starters, exercise—at least the kind most of us do—is typically ineffective for weight loss. Take walking, for example.

Duration:00:06:00

Why You Shouldn’t Exercise to Lose Weight

1/16/2022
Many of us are lacing up our sneakers and starting (or restarting) exercise regimens in hopes of shedding unwanted pounds. Unquestionably, aiming to be more active is a good thing. But if the main reason is to lose weight, your New Year’s resolution could very well backfire. For starters, exercise—at least the kind most of us do—is typically ineffective for weight loss. Take walking, for example.

Duration:00:05:58

‘I Was Just Thinking About My Son.’ Shot In His Own Home, a Gun Violence Victim Shares His Story

1/15/2022
Across the U.S. in 2021, tens of thousands of people were shot. They were shot in schools and supermarkets, in churches and offices, in the streets and in their homes. Many were killed, many more were injured; the vast majority of victims were within inner-city communities. And as staggering as the total is, it does not speak to the ripple effect and trauma that these incidents cause. Here is one of those victims' stories.

Duration:00:06:08

Sen. Sherrod Brown Has Some Thoughts About ‘Succession’

1/15/2022
On the evening of Jan. 3, Connie Schultz, the Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist and author, was trying to watch HBO’s Succession, but she kept having to pause it because something reminded her husband of his work. “I am watching #Succession with the chairman of the Senate banking committee,” Schultz informed her quarter-million Twitter followers, “and holy cannoli the ongoing commentary.” Neither Schultz nor the husband in question, Sen.

Duration:00:07:20