Wildfire smoke affecting air quality could be a ‘long-term’ problem

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter.To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — From the Midwest to the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic, as many as 75 million people are watching the unhealthy smoke slowly drifting down from Canada. Published in New York, Philadelphia and other … Read more

Michael Cutrone: Watchdog report finds former Pentagon official created toxic work environment

CNN — a newly released Department of Defense inspector general investigation A former senior Pentagon leader was found berating and belittling subordinates, swearing at them, making some employees cry, and generally creating a toxic work environment. Michael Cutrone will serve as Principal Under Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and Acting Assistant Secretary of … Read more

The US Senate is working to speed up AI fundamentals ahead of any legislation

washington CNN — The U.S. Senate is moving forward with a plan to regulate artificial intelligence after observing how ChatGPT and similar tools can enhance (or disrupt) broad areas of society. But despite outlining the broad outlines of the plan, senators could still be months away from introducing a sweeping bill that would put guardrails … Read more

What to watch out for in Mike Pence’s CNN town hall​​​​

CNN — former vice president Mike Pence Will answer questions from Iowa voters CNN Town Hall On Wednesday night, he formally announced his withdrawal from the 2024 Republican presidential nomination earlier in the day. The town hall will provide an early window into how Pence, who served under former President Donald Trump, plans to compete … Read more

Affordable Care Act: Appellate judges to hear arguments on keeping some free preventive care for now

CNN — A federal appeals court wrestled in oral arguments Tuesday with the Biden administration’s request to suspend a judge’s ruling that would erase the Obamacare Mandatory free access to certain preventive health care services, including statins and certain cancer screenings. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling in the latest conservative legal attack on the … Read more

Biden announces $115 million investment in water infrastructure in Jackson, Mississippi

CNN — More than $100 million allocated to restore Jackson, Mississippi Distressed water systems, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Congress appropriated the first tranche of more than $1 billion. “For years, the people of Jackson, Mississippi have suffered the consequences of an aging water infrastructure,” Biden wrote in a statement. “Last summer, the city’s … Read more

Merck sues U.S. government over new Medicare drug price negotiation plan

washington CNN — Merck & Co on Tuesday sued the U.S. government over a law passed last year that authorized Medicare to negotiate the prices of certain drugs. Merck asserts that this provision is contained in the Inflation Reduction Actis unconstitutional and threatens to stifle the industry’s future investments in cancer treatments and other medicines. … Read more

Debt Ceiling Package Doesn’t Help Solve America’s Major Fiscal Problems

CNN — Although it is named the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the compromise debt ceiling plan president joe biden signed into law This past weekend did not address the enormous financial challenges facing the nation. The deal, which prevents the U.S. from defaulting and triggering economic turmoil, has seen non-defense discretionary spending relatively flat for the … Read more

Ron DeSantis borrows from Trump’s Supreme Court playbook

CNN — when Supreme Court justice clarence thomas Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his first appearance ahead of the Florida Federalist Association in January 2020, declaring to a large banquet crowd at Walt Disney World grounds: “I do think he’s our greatest living justice.” Later that night, DeSantis and Thomas had a private dinner at … Read more

Biden Administration Announces Clean Hydrogen Goals to Reduce Global Warming Pollution by 10% by 2050

CNN — The Biden administration announced on Monday that it would produce 50 million tons of clean hydrogen fuel by 2050 – if successful, the roadmap would cut the country’s energy by around 10% global warming pollution same day. America needs technologies beyond wind and solar to transition to clean energy fuel aircraftproduces electricity and … Read more