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Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted for corruption today after dropping his bid to have Israeli parliament give him immunity.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the national debt will increase to $31.4 trillion or 98 percent of GDP over the next ten years.

Finally, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who grow up in poor neighborhoods are 87 percent(!) more likely to commit suicide using a gun than kids that live in affluent neighborhoods.

Researchers looked at suicides among children 5 to 19 years old in the United States from 2007 to 2016, and compared them to U.S. Census Bureau data showing the percentage of people living below the poverty level in each county.

Children living in counties with the highest concentrations of poverty were 37 percent more likely to die by suicide than children living in counties with the lowest poverty rates, the study found. But they were 87 percent more likely to die by firearm suicide.