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Impatient Democrats prepare to go-it-alone on infrastructure

Jun. 15, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patience running thin, Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork for a go-it-alone approach on President Joe Biden's big jobs and families infrastructure plans even as the White House continues negotiating with Republicans on a much more scaled-back $1 trillion...

To curb drug prices, Democrats still seeking a balance

Jun. 12, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are committed to passing legislation this year to curb prescription drug prices, but they're still disagreeing on how to cut costs for patients and taxpayers while preserving profits that lure investors to back potentially promising treatments. ...

Biden sells G-7 on global tax, but U.S. Congress is a hurdle

Jun. 12, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

President Joe Biden might have persuaded some of the world's largest economies to hike taxes on corporations, but the U.S. Congress could be a far tougher sell. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that leaders of the Group of Seven — which also includes...

Biden sells G-7 on global tax, but U.S. Congress is a hurdle

Jun. 11, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

President Joe Biden might have persuaded some of the world's largest economies to hike taxes on corporations, but the U.S. Congress could be a far tougher sell. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that leaders of the Group of Seven — which also includes...

Medicare copays for new Alzheimer's drug could reach $11,500

Jun. 10, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug would raise Medicare premiums broadly, and some patients who are prescribed the medication could face copayments of about $11,500 annually, according to a research report published Thursday. The drug, called...

ProPublica: Many of the uber-rich pay next to no income tax

Jun. 08, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rich really are different from you and me: They’re better at dodging the tax collector. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011. Tesla founder Elon Musk’s income tax bill was zero in 2018. And financier George Soros went...

US lawmakers want Ma'Khia Bryant foster care journey probed

Jun. 01, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three Democratic members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the foster care experience of Ma'Khia Bryant that preceded the 16-year-old's fatal police shooting in Ohio. U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and...

Senate confirms Brooks-LaSure to run health care programs

May. 25, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick to run U.S. health insurance programs, putting in place a key player who’ll carry out his strategy for expanding affordable coverage and reining in prescription drug costs. Obama-era policy...

Today in History

May. 03, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 3, 1948, the Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled that covenants prohibiting the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 23, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

Boston Globe. April 20, 2021. Editorial: There’s too much secrecy in state government. It’s time for a constitutional amendment to change that Many of the documents that are readily accessible to the public in other states are off-limits here. ...