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Behind the Scenes, Health Insurers Use Cash and Gifts to Sway Which Benefits Employers Choose

The Cigna Corp. logo at the headquarters of the health insurer in Philadelphia.Matt Rourke/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and NPR’s Shots blog.  The pitches to the health insurance brokers are tantalizing. “Set sail for Bermuda,” says insurance giant Cigna, offering top-selling brokers five…

Trump Is Considering a Fervent Climate Denier to Lead a White House Panel Assessing Climate Change Risk

Albin Lohr-Jones/Avalon/Zuma Press Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Prominent climate denier William Happer will reportedly head up the White House’s latest effort to cast doubt on the threat of climate change. According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is assembling a panel to assess climate change impacts on national security in a possible effort…

A New Report Says Trump Plans to Fire Dan Coats. Here’s What Made Their Relationship So Rocky.

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Nine days before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, he compared American intelligence officers to Nazis. Since that inauspicious start, the intelligence community has been viewed as more foe than friend by a president more inclined than most to disagree with its…

Are Wages Going Up In Your County?

Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Here’s something off the beaten path: This chart shows the top and bottom ten counties ranked by their yearly change in average weekly wages (Q3 of 2017 to Q3 of 2018). The full dataset is here, so you can see how your  county is doing.…

Pray for the Dead, Fight Like Hell for the Living

mihtiander/Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. They met on a boat. A huge, liveaboard trimaran in the British Virgin Islands, to be exact. She was there as a magazine writer, reporting a story about a cycling and diving vacation. He was a diving instructor. “The very things that attracted me…