The FDA’s New ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Policy for Blood Donation

For decades now, gay men have been barred from giving blood. In 2015, what had been a lifetime ban was loosened, such that gay men could be donors if they’d abstained from sex for at least a year. This was later shortened to three months. Last week, the FDA put out a new and more … Read more

Rishi Sunak is haunted by ghosts of prime ministers past – POLITICO

LONDON — “Back to her old self again” was how one erstwhile colleague described Liz Truss, who made her return to the U.K.’s front pages at the weekend.  That’s exactly what Rishi Sunak and his allies were afraid of.  Truss, who spent 49 turbulent days in No. 10 Downing Street last year, is back. After … Read more

UK’s Kwarteng scraps tax cut after market meltdown – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article U.K. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has junked his plan to cut taxes for high earners after a backlash from financial markets and Conservative Party colleagues that plunged his country into economic crisis. “We get it, and we have listened,” Kwarteng said as he announced the dramatic U-turn on Twitter … Read more

How the far-right got out of the doghouse – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article European far-right politicians just stormed to victory in Italy, after achieving historic results in France and Sweden. “Everywhere in Europe, people aspire to take their destiny back into their own hands!” said Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Rally Party.  But if you think there … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more

Liz Truss’ honeymoon canceled as pound plummets and UK borrowing costs soar – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LIVERPOOL, England — As an inexperienced leader taking charge of a country in crisis, Liz Truss knew she needed to hit the ground running this month. But three weeks into her fledgling premiership, the new U.K. prime minister finds herself scrambling to stay ahead of events as last … Read more