New York Times

Why the Explosive Report on Catholic Church Abuse Is Unlikely to Yield Criminal Charges
Legal barriers, political opposition and fierce lobbying efforts by the Catholic Church have kept Pennsylvania’s courthouse doors closed to childhood victims who came forward later in life. more

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017
Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment. more

How a Fake Group on Facebook Created Real Protests
The Black Elevation page held rallies, posted videos and encouraged the fight against racism. Whoever ran it even interviewed a job applicant. more

‘It’s Really Hard to Be a Catholic’: The Pain of Reading the Sex Abuse Report
Catholics around the country said they felt frustrated with the church’s leadership. more

The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won
Facebook and Google made billions mining personal data, and fought off anyone who threatened to stop them. Then came a challenge in their own backyard. more

S.E.C. Is Said to Subpoena Tesla After Elon Musk’s Take-Private Tweet
The government is investigating Tesla after Mr. Musk said he had secured funding to take the electric-car company private, causing its shares to soar. more

Evidence Against Manafort Is ‘Overwhelming,’ Prosecutors Say
In closing arguments, the special counsel’s office described Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, as well versed in financial matters and motivated to commit fraud. more

Trump Revokes Security Clearance of John Brennan, Former C.I.A. Director
The White House cited “erratic” behavior by Mr. Brennan, who has frequently been a fierce critic of the president. more

5 Shocking Excerpts from the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Church Sex Abuse
A nearly 900-page report investigating abuse in six dioceses over a period of 70 years documents more than 300 abusive priests. more

They Criticized Trump. Now He’s Targeting Their Security Clearances.
President Trump has revoked the former C.I.A. director John Brennan’s security clearance. The White House said it’s considering pulling the security clearances for other former top officials as well, many of whom have been critical of the president. Here’s wh… more

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