Journalism

Vanity Fair

A Wing and a Prayer

In The Last Decade, Most Of The Big U.S. Airlines Have Outsourced Major Plane Maintenance Work To El Salvador, Mexico, And China, Where Few Mechanics Are F.A.A.-Certified, And Inspections Have No Teeth. The Result Is Every Traveler’s Nightmare.

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Vanity Fair

Deadly Medicine

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and "mistakes" can end up in pauper’s graves? The authors investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine.

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Time

THE GREAT RETIREMENT RIPOFF:
The Broken Promise

It was part of the American Dream, a pledge made by corporations to their workers: for your decades of toil, you will be assured of retirement benefits like a pension and health care. Now more and more companies are walking away from that promise, leaving millions of Americans at risk of an impoverished retirement. How can this be legal? A Barlett and Steele investigation looks at how Congress let it happen and the widespread social insecurity it's causing.

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The New York Times

THE HEALTH OF NATIONS

For years the people in Washington have offered one plan after another that they said would provide health care for all Americans and rein in costs. Each plan has failed. Today more people than ever have inadequate coverage or no insurance at all. And still costs continue to spin out of control. Notably absent from the rhetoric has been any mention of the existing system's inherent flaw — the inability of market–based, for–profit medicine to deliver on the political promises.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

AMERICA: WHO STOLE THE DREAM? The Have–Mores and Have–Lesses

Let's suppose, for a moment, there was a country where the people in charge charted a course that eliminated millions of good–paying jobs. Suppose they gave away several million more jobs to other nations. Finally, imagine that the people running this country implemented economic policies that enabled those at the very top to grow ever richer while most others grew poorer. You wouldn't want to live in such a place, would you? Too bad. You already do.

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