Senate rules could undercut Democrats’ prescription drug plan

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A critical part of Democrats’ plan to control prescription drug prices would apply not only to the government’s Medicare program but also to the commercial market that covers most working Americans — unless the Senate’s rules stop it. Democrats have a multi-pronged strategy for addressing drug prices in the Build Back Better Act. First, they…

The Supreme Court finally decides the religious right asked for

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The Supreme Court handed down a brief order Friday evening — it is literally just one sentence long — denying relief to a group of Maine health care workers who object to the Covid-19 vaccine on religious grounds. This means that nearly all workers in health care facilities licensed by the state must be vaccinated…

9 high-stakes issues the Supreme Court will take up this

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For four decades, anti-abortion activists have dreamed of the day when the Supreme Court would overrule Roe v. Wade. That day could be just months away, as the Court will hear a case this winter asking it to destroy Roe. The National Rifle Association, like other, even more strident gun rights groups, spent those decades…

Louisiana’s 4th Covid-19 wave, explained

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Normalcy appears to be out of the country’s grasp with the recent uptick in Covid-19 cases fueled by the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain of Covid-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Delta variant caused 80 to 87 percent of all US Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks…

The Supreme Court must decide if it loves religious liberty

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Dunn v. Ray(2019) is the kind of Supreme Court decision that a comic book supervillain might write. Widely denounced, even by prominent conservatives, when it was handed down, Ray held that a Muslim inmate in Alabama could be executed without his imam present — even though the state permitted Christian inmates to have a spiritual…

One policy that could challenge a century of fossil-fuel dominance

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A time when the United States runs mostly on wind- and solar-powered electricity could be a reality in only a few years. It wouldn’t require any scientific breakthroughs or technological leaps for clean energy to overtake coal and natural gas, which still dominate 60 percent of the US power sector. What it would take to…

The bipartisan infrastructure bill is both historic and not nearly

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Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday — and it’s simultaneously a massive and somewhat limited investment in everything from roads to bridges to water pipes. Only $550 billion of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is new spending, which will be spread out over five years. About $650 billion of…

What to know about the latest fight over Trump’s executive

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The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol will vote Tuesday on whether to hold Steve Bannon, an adviserto former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena. The result of the vote will determine what further action the committee can take to…

The big questions about Covid-19 booster shots

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All of a sudden, it seems a lot of people are getting Covid-19 booster shots. The additional doses of Moderna’s and Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccines have been approved in the US for people 65 and up as well as at-risk populations, such as people with certain health conditions and front-line workers. Everyone who got the Johnson &…

“Try us”: House progressives finally flex their power

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For years, progressives have floated the idea of acting as a bloc and using their power to shape the Democratic agenda, a tactic levied by several of the most influential congressional caucuses. On Thursday, they finally did: Progressives stood by a threat they issued this summer, when they promised to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure…