Drug Prices Sen. Sanders is expected to soon introduce a bill to curb skyrocketing drug prices in the country, where prescription medications cost more than in any other nation, the International Business Times reported. In a poll on Sanders’ Senate website 99 percent of respondents indicated drug prices were too high and 97.9 percent suggested the government should take action to lower them.
European Migrant Crisis A ragged metropolis of thousands of weary and bedraggled migrants continued to rise in Budapest on Wednesday in the labyrinth of underground passageways outside Keleti train station. The Hungarian authorities, saying they were merely obeying European migration regulations, continued to keep migrants out of the station, despite having allowed thousands onto westbound trains on Monday. At the same time, the desperate migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan — most of them hoping to reach Germany — continued to pour over the Hungarian border from Serbia, The New York Times reported.
Solitary Confinement the leading organization for the nation’s prison and jail administrators on Wednesday called for sharply limiting or even ending its use for extended periods. The statement from the Association of State Correctional Administrators, whose members are largely responsible for the growth in solitary confinement in recent decades, is its most forceful to date on the practice. Calls for reducing the use of solitary have taken on greater urgency since President Obama ordered the Justice Department in July to review its use in federal prisons, The New York Times reported.
Sanders Proposes Tax on Billionaires
Sen. Sanders introduced legislation intended to reduce wealth inequality by increasing estate tax rates on the top three-tenths of one percent, while eliminating loopholes that have allowed the wealthiest Americans to avoid billions in taxes.
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