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Getting Creative During Shutdown: FDA Could Keep Reviewing Drugs If Agency Argues It’s Essential To Saving Lives

During a government shutdown, agencies that don’t have federal funding can only do work that’s necessary to protect lives or property. Experts suggest that even if the FDA’s reserves run dry, the agency can continue to review drugs because certain medical treatments are necessary to people’s health. In other shutdown news: food insecurity, wildfires, and a possible light at the end of the tunnel.

Facebook The Latest Private Company To Pledge Millions To Addressing Housing Crisis In Bay Area

The pledge comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom called on the tech companies in the area to do more to combat the crisis. The money will target housing in Silicon Valley and surrounding areas, where a population boom driven by highly paid tech workers has left housing prices out of reach for many lower-paid employees, including teachers, restaurant staff and nurses.

Supreme Court Green Lights Trump Administration’s Restrictions On Transgender Troops While Legal Battle Continues

The Supreme Court justices lifted injunctions on the restrictions — but that decision does not resolve the underlying legal question about banning many transgender people from the military. The plan, which is working through the lower courts, makes exceptions for about 900 transgender individuals who are already serving openly and for others who say they will serve in accordance with their birth gender.

‘Manipulative And Antidemocratic’: UCSF Doctors Slam Strategy Employed By Beverage Industry To Avoid Soda Taxes

The American Beverage Association spent $7 million to gather signatures for an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would have required a two-thirds majority for approval of new California state and local taxes. The association offered to remove the initiative from the ballot if then-Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to sign into law AB1838, which would preemptively ban new or increased taxes on food or nonalcoholic beverages for 13 years.