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In America 2017, where proper health insurance is guaranteed to almost nobody, many cities, counties and school districts are finding a way to beat the system.

Medicinal drugs are often much cheaper overseas — up to 80 percent, in some cases — so employees are getting the help they need from their employers, municipalities or even their counties, in procuring medication at these highly reduced costs.

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The gross domestic product (GDP) figures for January through March of 2017 show a slowing economy. Economists and market watchers who predicted a poor showing in the Commerce Department report were correct: The US economy only grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of the year. The previous quarter showed a growth rate of 2.1%. It is the slowest growth figure in 3 years.

Economic growth is driven by consumer spending, which was down more than expected during the first months of President Donald Trump's administration. While surveys showed that Americans generally were optimistic about the economy, those sentiments were not reflected in their actions.

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Munich, Germany - February 17: Bill Gates at Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

[DIGEST: The Seattle Times, Quartz, Business Insider, The Economist, Forbes]

For humans, nothing is certain except death and taxes. Lucky for them, robots needn’t worry about either. That is, unless Bill Gates has his way—then taxes will become a certainty for them, too. (Death they can still avoid.)

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Mark Weisbrot meets with Thanos Dimadis, a journalist with Second Nexus. (Credit: Source.)

By Jay Kuo

In a conversation with Second Nexus, Mark Weisbrot, the renowned American economist and director of the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research, discussed the state of world order in the age of Trump.

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DIGEST (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)

As reported in the New York Times, long lines are forming at ATMs across Athens. Withdrawals per account are limited to 60 euros a day--about $66. The banks have been closed for a week now, and there’s no indication of when they might reopen. In fact, Greek banks may be afraid to open their doors because skittish depositors might try to withdraw everything they can, or risk losing it all (as many in nearby Cyprus did during its last bank crisis).

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