This Week in Tarbell

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Health Care Op-Ed: How much choice do you feel you have in your health care? Between insurer requirements and decreasing options in rural and other underserved communities, health columnist Trudy Lieberman writes how the industry has prioritized profiteering over customer choice.

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Follow the Money: As we draw closer to the election, the Republican National Committee is shoring its reserves off President Trump’s key fundraisers. Among the fundraisers bringing the RNC to its record fundraising numbers are Trump’s own committee, top Trump fundraiser and lobbyist Jeff Miller, and powerhouse lobbying firm Ballard Partners.

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Environment: Though the Republican president does not acknowledge climate change, dozens of conservatives are embracing the concept as an opportunity to lobby the government to use free market solutions in establishing a carbon tax, rather than a plan like the Green New Deal.

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Defense: More than 7,000 U.S. forces were deployed to a base in Uzbekistan called K2, which was known by inhabitants for its “black goo.” That goo, the waste from processed uranium, underground fuel pools and remnants of chemical weapons, is giving veterans cancer and the Pentagon knew it.

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Election 2020: Though the State of the Union and impeachment vote were going to be huge events, the chaos surrounding the Iowa caucus was a bit of a surprise. The New York Times considers how Iowa might risk its status as a bellwether state in presidential elections.

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Environment: Ford tried to predict and defuse a battle with the government over fuel economy regulations for vehicles, but the company found itself in a pickle when it tried to create its own regulations with the state of California, triggered an antitrust probe and wedged a divide among a once-solid lobbying bloc.

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