Drugmakers prepare for the unusual: A defeat in Washington

By: Susannah Luthi & Sarah Owermohle; Politico The pharmaceutical industry is preparingto take a hit in Democrats’ next major legislative package — and the long-untouchable powerhouse is racing to contain the damage. Democratic lawmakers are weighing whether to include drug pricing measures that could extract tens of billions of dollars from the industry, or potentially more, to help pay for

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Opinion: An Unusually Optimistic Conversation with Bernie Sanders

By: Ezra Klein; The New York Times Bernie Sanders didn’t win the 2020 election. But he may have won its aftermath. If you look back at Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’s careers, the $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan, looks a lot like the proposals Sanders has fought for forever, without much of the compromise or concerns that

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Bernie Sanders Is at the Apex of His Power

By: Jeet Heer; The Nation Although twice defeated in his bids to become Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders has achieved a level of political power that is second only to presidents’. The successful passage of a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, more than twice as large and more far reaching than the stimulus bill passed in 2009, is a triumph not

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A new act for Bernie Sanders: Power broker

By: Evan Halper; Los Angeles Times As control of the Senate teetered early this year, Republicans warned of a menace they feared would be unleashed on America if they lost power: Bernie Sanders would call the shots over the federal budget. The reality for them may be even worse than they anticipated. The longtime outsider, irritant of the Democratic and Republican establishments and cantankerous gadfly

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