Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Larry Edelman Globe Staff December 10, 2018 Good morning and welcome to the working week. This is Talking Points AM for Monday, Dec. 10. Off the topIt was 10 years ago on Tuesday that Bernie Madoff's Mother of All Ponzi Schemes burst into public view. While the headlines blared that investors were on the hook for something like $65 billion, the actual money invested with Madoff turned out to be under $20 billion. Still.It was a sordid and tragic scandal -- and came amid a brutal sell-off in the stock market sparked by the mortgage crisis-turned-housing crisis-turned-banking-crisis-turned-financial crisis. Greed was rampant, and investors were willing to believe in something -- steady, sure-thing profits -- that was too good to be true. It was a fitting disaster for those dark times. More about dark times in a minute.Looking back, The Wall … [Read more...] about Bernie Madoff and the coming stock market apocalypse
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Health | Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything? Supported by 11 Things We’d Really Like to Know Money is just the obvious obstacle. A few diseases, like H.I.V., so far have outwitted both the immune system and scientists. ByDonald G. McNeil Jr. Nov. 19, 2018 Vaccines are among the most ingenious of inventions, and among the most maddening. Some global killers, like smallpox and polio, have been totally or nearly eradicated by products made with methods dating back to Louis Pasteur. Others, like malaria and H.I.V., utterly frustrate scientists to this day, despite astonishing new weapons like We have a vaccine for Ebola that protects nearly 100 percent of its recipients, but we are lucky to get a routine flu shot that works half that well. We have children’s vaccines against measles, … [Read more...] about Why Don’t We Have Vaccines Against Everything?
THE Prince of Wales turns 70 today – and to mark the occasion he will celebrate alongside inspirational Sun readers also reaching this landmark birthday. From fundraisers to football coaches, we are honouring Britain’s most deserving people at this birthday party like no other. We asked for nominees who have brightened up the lives of others and who, like Prince Charles, were born in 1948. Today the super 70 – including Age UK volunteer Eileen Thomson, inset top, who also met Charles in 1982, above – will attend an exclusive tea party at posh Spencer House, in central London. Prince Charles – joined by the Duchess of Cornwall – will be guest of honour at our exclusive bash. We profile the winners of this special birthday honour. ‘Meeting Charles? Things like this don’t happen to people like me’ WOMEN’S Institute group treasurer Kathleen Jowett visits elderly villagers with food she has rustled up for them in her kitchen. … [Read more...] about Our inspirational readers celebrating their 70th birthday alongside Prince Charles over tea
Area voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that could see the balance of power shift toward the left in the U.S. Congress.Pennsylvania, and specifically the suburbs of Philadelphia, will play an important role in the future makeup of the Congress, with several races key to the Democrats' effort to flip the U.S. House. Nationwide, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the majority.Suburban women voters, who oppose President Donald Trump in large numbers according to polls, are considered the key voting bloc in the midterms.One thing is for sure: Philly-area voters will be sending a congresswoman (from District 5) and perhaps a second as well (from District 4) to Washington to break up the current all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional mapThere are other big races in the state, including for governor, and a multitude of contested seats in the state … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
President Donald Trump has mocked Maxine Waters as a “low IQ person,” and she has called for the president’s impeachment. But Republicans who work with the California Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee see something different: a rare deal-maker in a polarized Congress. Story Continued Below Waters, who would chair the committee if Democrats win the House, has shown a surprising willingness to work across the aisle and with industry groups, even helping to deliver White House-backed legislation to ease regulations and crack down on China. “There are many, many things that Maxine and I are completely, diametrically the opposite on,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who is in the running to be the committee’s Republican leader. “But I have dealt with her enough on issues to understand she can see the whole picture. It is possible to negotiate with her and she’ll keep her word. That’s an important thing in Congress. Not … [Read more...] about Why Republicans actually like Maxine Waters