The good, the bad, and the unknown in the House plan to lower drug costs

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to lower drug prices would save billions for the federal government but also lead to fewer drugs coming on the market, a new analysis says. | Zach Gibson/Getty Images The unavoidable tradeoff in lowering prescription drug prices: fewer new drugs. The centerpiece of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to lower prescription drug prices — more direct Medicare negotiations with drug makers, with a hard cap on prices as a backstop…

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The week ahead in impeachment, briefly explained

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence Committee speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on October 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Win McNamee/Getty Images Subpoenas, depositions, and Gordon Sondland: Here’s Democrats impeachment to-do list this week. It’s a busy, hearing-packed week for the US House of Representatives as members come back from a two-week recess to continue their impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Members of…

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The push to unionize cannabis workers, explained

An employee weighs a cannabis sample at Canna Can Help Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary in Goshen, California, on Oct. 3, 2017. | Scott Smith/AP Labor unions see an opportunity to organize one of the fastest-growing industries. Weed workers across the country are unionizing, and California just made it easier for them. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a requirement that all cannabis stores enter into so-called “labor peace agreements” as soon as…

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Trump’s Syria withdrawal is a boon for ISIS — and a nightmare for Europe

Mourners attend the funeral of five Syrian Democratic Forces fighters killed in battles against Turkey-led forces along the Syria-Turkey border, in the Syrian Kurdish town of Qamishli on October 14, 2019. | Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images A wave of would-be returnees could rekindle terrorism on the continent. With the surprise withdrawal of US forces in Syria and the subsequent — and immediate — commencement of Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces, chaos has ensued. Kurdish…

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The Nobel Prize in economics goes to three groundbreaking antipoverty researchers

Rafael Reif, center, president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, introduces Esther Duflo, left, and Abhijit Banerjee, who share a 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics with Michael Kremer, during a press conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on October 14, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. | Scott Eisen/Getty Images In the last 20 years, development economics has been transformed. These researchers are the reason why. The Nobel Prize committee has announced the 2019 winners of the prize…

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ISIS breakouts, US troop withdrawals, Assad advances: the weekend in Syria news

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather on the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border on October 14, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. | Zein al Rifaiz/AFP via Getty Images The aftermath of Trump’s sudden Syria withdrawal decision has turned very violent — with the potential to get much worse. This past weekend was an unmitigated disaster for President Donald Trump’s…

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