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And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, you may recall, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. Our agenda is a moving target this time around. For now, we hope to hang with a short person or two, search for the Great Pumpkin in honor of the tricky holiday, and catch up on our reading. And what about you? This may be your last chance to mail in your ballot. You could boost the economy by shopping for winter wear. Or wish upon a star and make the pandemic go away (wouldn’t that be nice?). Well, whatever you do, have a grand time. But be safe — wear a mask. Enjoy, and see you soon. …

The U.S. pharmaceutical industry, long a supporter of Republicans, is giving almost half its political donations to Democratic candidates in this year’s election, as companies look to fend off a threat to drug prices if Democrats gain power, Reuters explains. So far this year, industry-run political action committees (PACs) have divided about $13 million between the two major U.S. political parties, with 54% going to Republicans and 46% to Democrats, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

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