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Six days after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by police in Ferguson, MO, the small city in the suburbs of St. Louis is in the national spotlight. The shooting immediately raised troubling questions about race and the criminal justice system. But the escalating protests and aggressive police actions- including use of smoke bombs and tear gas- are also raising questions about police tactics and accountability. We consider the militarization of police and rights of reporters covering the story.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.