Upshot: You Draw It: The Opioid Crisis

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Monday, April 17, 2017

You Draw It: Just How Bad Is the Drug Overdose Epidemic?

By JOSH KATZ

An interactive quiz provides deeper context to the opioid epidemic by asking readers to draw the trends in deaths from guns, the H.I.V. epidemic, car accidents and drug overdoses.

Economic View

Supply-Side Economics, but for Liberals

By NEIL IRWIN

A growing body of research suggests some social welfare policies can be good for growth.

Unfriendly Skies

How Much Would You Put Up With to Avoid United Airlines?

By KEVIN QUEALY

About 44 percent of survey respondents said they would rather fly with a competitor — even if the flight cost more and took twice as long.

The New Health Care

For Real Malpractice Reform, Focus on Medicine First (Not Law)

By AARON E. CARROLL

Research suggests that lawsuits can be reduced with improvements in medical practices.

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Political Science

Reaching Out to the Voters That the Left Left Behind

By THOMAS B. EDSALL

The economic and political gap between cities and rural counties is even wider than we realized. Can the Democrats do anything about it?

Power Centers

The Shifting Alliances and Rival Factions Inside Trump’s West Wing

By LARRY BUCHANAN AND KAREN YOURISH

The prospect of Stephen K. Bannon’s dismissal has brought renewed attention to the inner workings of President Trump’s White House, a fractious ecosystem of competing centers of power.

Everyday Economics

What Good Marathons and Bad Investments Have in Common

By JUSTIN WOLFERS

Sometimes we make bad economic decisions because we’re straining to avoid the pain of a loss.

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