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$289M worth of junk-science injustice and other comments.

Libertarian: Another Tort Bar Legal Misfire Add to the list of cases in which the US tort system “has generated many litigation campaigns and completed verdicts we now recognize as scientific embarrassments,” says Walter Olson at Commentary. This month, a San Francisco jury ordered Bayer/Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who contracted...
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Last US News - Opinion: $289M worth of junk-science injustice and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Add to the list of cases in which the US tort system “has generated many litigation campaigns and completed verdicts we now recognize as scientific embarrassments,” says Walter Olson at Commentary. This month, a San Francisco jury ordered Bayer/Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using the popular weed killer Roundup. This, even though “most bodies of expert opinion both private and public around the world” do not consider Roundup’s active ingredient, glysophate, “a probable cause of cancer in humans.” But a single study suggested otherwise, and it’s been endorsed by the state of California. Following the verdict, the value of Bayer’s stock dropped by more than 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion). Says Olson: “It’s expensive when error prevails.”

Religion prof: Time for All US Bishops to Resign

So much for many Catholics’ hope that “the worst of the clerical abuse crisis was in the past,” suggests Georgetown Professor of Catholic Studies Gerard Mannion at Time. In the wake of the explosive Pennsylvania grand-jury report, the US Conference of Bishops is asking for guidance from the Vatican. But Pope Francis’ 2014 attempt to explore the abuse “met roadblocks from within the Vatican itself”: His commission’s recommendations weren’t implemented, and victims’ messages to leading Vatican officials were ignored. Which is why this is “a crisis of moral corrosion and corruption embedded into the church.” Mannion urges all US bishops to “make a collective act of repentance and then resign en masse, as those of Chile did in the wake of their own revelations” last spring.

Naval vet: The Strange Scuttling of USS Ling

USS Ling — “mottled, gray, rust-stained and listing ominously to port” — has long been a fading fixture in New Jersey’s Hackensack River, a floating memorial to America’s WWII submarine service, notes City Journal’s Bob McManus. Now comes word that Ling “has been deliberately flooded by vandals, leaving only the question of how best to dispose” of a decaying warship that “deserves much better.” She first went to war in summer 1945 and saw relatively brief front-line Cold War service. Sadly, there was only modest interest in Ling as a submarine memorial occupying “a space eyed by real-estate developers.” Last week, she was “seemingly scuttled by vandals with — curiously — more than a passing knowledge of how to get the job done.” But at this point, “Ling is beyond salvaging.”

Pollster: Paralysis on the Horizon for Next Congress

National Journal’s Charlie Cook currently is forecasting a Democratic pickup of 20 to 40 seats in the House, giving them political control. But unless they flip at least 46 seats, which seems unlikely at this point, “their majority would be smaller than the current GOP majority.” And anything short of 60 seats “means that it would be a real challenge for House Democrats to get much out of the chamber.” As for the Senate, it currently looks like “a Democratic tidal wave crashing up against a Republican seawall.” The reality, he says, is that neither party “is going to exceed 53 or 54 seats, making for a tough legislative sled.” And even if Democrats win big, President Trump “still wields the veto pen.” Bottom line: “Expect legislative paralysis to get even worse than it is today.”

Liberal: McGahn Served His Own Interests, Not Trump’s

Normal procedures are being “turned upside down” when it comes to White House Counsel Don McGahn’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller, observes Bloomberg’s Noah Feldman. Lawyers aren’t supposed to disclose conversations with their clients, “at least not without putting up a fight” over attorney-client privilege. And senior White House aides aren’t supposed to do so either, at least not without asserting executive privilege. But President Trump waived both privileges — possibly without “full understanding of the consequences.” Still, if McGahn didn’t warn Trump that his testimony might harm the presidency, that would be “a serious conflict of interest.” Yes, McGahn had reason to agree to cooperate, “so he doesn’t look guilty.” But “he should have put the presidency above his own interests.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

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Now #MeToo is coming for your thought crimes.
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Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: RFK crew needs to rethink its ‘get out jail free’ cards for violent offenders. NY Post 24 - US News
RFK crew needs to rethink its ‘get out jail free’ cards for violent offenders.
Kerry Kennedy and her Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights outfit still have time to rethink their “bail them all out” initiative...
Last US News - Opinion: The war on coal is a winner for China. NY Post 24 - US News
The war on coal is a winner for China.
We’ve just entered the 21st month of Donald Trump’s presidency. While the president is ending his predecessor’s war...
Last US News - Opinion: Ridiculous confirmation fights are killing the Supreme Court. NY Post 24 - US News
Ridiculous confirmation fights are killing the Supreme Court.
The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982,...
Last US News - Opinion: Now #MeToo is coming for your thought crimes. NY Post 24 - US News
Now #MeToo is coming for your thought crimes.
The #MeToo movement’s search for demons to slay has expanded well beyond just those accused of sexual misbehavior. Now,...
Last US News - Opinion: The limits of hashtag feminism and other commentary. NY Post 24 - US News
The limits of hashtag feminism and other commentary.
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Living

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Dad rides late daughter’s bike 200 miles for charity.
A dad whose seven-year-old daughter died of a brain tumor is riding 200 miles for charity — on the tiny bike which was...
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Another region of Switzerland votes to ban burqas.
A second region of Switzerland has voted to ban burqas in public places. The regional government, which had opposed the measure,...
US Living News: Mary Kay Letourneau claims she didn’t know sex with 12-year-old was illegal. NY Post 24 - US News
Mary Kay Letourneau claims she didn’t know sex with 12-year-old was illegal.
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This hungry manta ray has to swim through a ‘plastic soup’ made by tourists.
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Judge rules kindergartner can bring her cannabis oil to school.
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Scientists explode over bogus claims that huge volcano is ‘ready to blow’.
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Why more couples are choosing fall weddings.
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Human-bear conflicts are on the rise in Alaska.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Wildlife experts are calling this summer one of the busiest years of bear encounters they have seen....

Business

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Eddie Lampert pushes plan for Sears to avoid bankruptcy.
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Inside the night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape.
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Weight Watchers rebrands itself as WW.
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Earnings for Uber and Lyft drivers are plummeting.
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Sirius XM to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion.
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Sky shares surge after Comcast wins auction with lofty bid.
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Metro

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Homophobic bigot assaults two men in Brooklyn, both expected to survive: cops.
Cops are hunting for a homophobic brute after a Sunday morning attack in Brooklyn sent two men to the hospital,...
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Routine laser treatment left me with blistering burns: suit.
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Metro News: Peace officers accused of stealing from homeless shelter. NY Post 24 - US News
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Man fatally stabbed after fighting with childhood friend.
A Brooklyn man was fatally stabbed following an argument with a neighborhood friend early Sunday, police and neighbors told...
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Molinaro unveils website seeking dirt on Cuomo.
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Sport

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Kawhi Leonard debuts strange laugh, sidestep at Raptors intro.
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Ryan Tannehill is the face of NFL’s shocking start.
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