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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Mother of 4 facing deportation takes sanctuary in church

HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. immigration officials said Friday they consider a woman trying to avoid deportation by seeking sanctuary in a Connecticut church to be a fugitive, but acknowledge they have a policy that restricts them from entering a house of worship except in extraordinary circumstances. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is among those showing support for Nury Chavarria, of Norwalk. The Democrat visited her Thursday night after she took refuge inside the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal church in New Haven. Malloy said the attempt to deport the housekeeper and mother…

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Dems’ new slogan mercilessly mocked, compared to Papa John’s ad

Democrats, after lengthy deliberations, reportedly have settled on a new slogan – and it’s not exactly getting rave reviews. The winner, according to Vox, is: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The slogan drew immediate taunts given its obvious similarity to the Papa John’s tagline, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” But considering the party has been scrambling to regroup with an effective message and strategy since its November thumping – all toward the goal of retaking at least one chamber of Congress next year – Obama-era…

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Notebook: The Annie Leibovitz of the Alt-Right

Duke believes in the primacy of visual culture, and most right-wing figures, he says, don’t take enough care to make themselves look good. Newt Gingrich, he tells me, is “disheveled”; Steve Bannon is a “schlub”; Trump’s hair is “problematic.” At the same time, he thinks left-leaning media outlets — which is to say, just about anything other than Breitbart News and The Drudge Report — go out of their way to present the right in a negative way. Recently, he drew my attention to New York magazine’s March cover story…

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Poll: Nearly 60 percent said Donald Trump Jr. shouldn’t have taken Russia meeting

A majority of people in the U.S. say Donald Trump Jr. shouldn’t have taken a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered negative information about Hillary Clinton, according to a survey released Friday by SSRS for CNN. The poll found 57 percent of people polled said he shouldn’t have taken the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, while 23 percent said he should have taken the meeting. Eighteen percent said they don’t know or are undecided. Play Video CBSN Jared Kushner under fire for role in Russia meeting President Trump’s son-in-law and…

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Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Research backs up what Ms. Joefield noticed. Removal is traumatic for children, even if home life is stressful. Continue reading the main story Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, used statistical methods to analyze the effect of foster care placement in so-called marginal cases — those in which a strict investigator might put a child in foster care, but a more lenient investigator might not. Over time, the children sent to foster care had higher delinquency rates, higher teen birthrates, lower…

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Public Health: Byrd Bath: Seven Provisions That Could Disappear From the Senate Health Bill

The rules are complicated, but most come down to a key question: Does the change in the law affect the federal budget? Legislative changes with no budgetary impact are not allowed in reconciliation bills. Items that have a nominal budget impact, but are mostly there for policy reasons, are also supposed to be struck, though that’s a more subjective standard. Ms. MacDonough is just one person, but as long as she continues to hold the office, her say goes. That makes predictions difficult. But we convened a panel of experts…

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These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

To win support, Democrats were emphasizing that little would change for people who already had coverage; President Barack Obama famously promised that you could keep your plan and your doctor, even as a few million people’s noncompliant plans that did not offer all the law’s required benefits were canceled as the law was rolled out. “The best way to get something passed was to argue it was small change,” said Stanley Greenberg, a veteran Democratic pollster. “It was only when Republicans got control that people then on their own discovered…

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Democrats Harris, Kennedy dismiss talk of challenging Trump in 2020

President Donald Trump has been in office for only six months, but that hasn’t prevented political junkies from speculating about which Democrats may try to oppose him in the 2020 presidential race. An upcoming scheduled appearance in New Hampshire by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California has already sparked talk that she might run, as Fox News reported Thursday. But other Democrats – aside from obvious names such as former Vice President Joe Biden – are also drawing attention. Fresh faces being mentioned include Sen. Kamala Harris of California and…

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Right and Left React to Trump’s Interview, Health Care and More

_____ • Jeet Heer in The New Republic: “If Sanders-style democratic socialism is to become the core of the Democratic Party, its adherents will have to win over those who supported Clinton-style progressivism. There are surely few worse ways of accomplishing this than demanding that they “bend the knee,” which is more likely to breed resistance than assent. Convincing Democrats to adopt a more radical politics is challenging enough without trying to insult and humiliate them into submission.” Mr. Heer peers into the political realignment occurring on the left, with…

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