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Colorado is the first state to cap skyrocketing insulin co-pays

The skyrocketing prices of insulin are a nationwide issue and Colorado has become the first state to pass legislation that tackles the problem. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill into law Wednesday that places a $100 per month cap on insulin co-pays, regardless of how much insulin a patient uses. Insurance companies will pay…MORE

Utah man dies descending Mount Everest

An American mountaineer died Wednesday while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, according to the Nepalese company leading the expedition. Donald Lynn Cash, 55 of Sandy, Utah, fainted due to high altitude sickness after reaching Everest’s summit, according to Pioneer Adventure Pvt. The expedition company said its guides tried to give Cash aid while…MORE

2020 Democrats want AOC in their corner

Democratic presidential candidates are vying to be seen as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ally — even if they don’t ultimately win her endorsement. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren showcased her alliance with the freshman lawmaker from the Bronx on Thursday. The two penned a five-page letter — and released a three-minute video explaining it — pressing Treasury Secretary…MORE

With protesters at the gates, McDonald’s talks up its success story

McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday was short and controlled, and made little mention of the criticism the chain has faced this week. Business continued as usual inside the meeting room at a hotel in Dallas, even as tension mounted elsewhere. Fight for $15, a workers advocacy group, organized a series of protests across several…MORE

Deal struck to pass $19 billion disaster relief package without border funds

Republicans senators say President Donald Trump has agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, providing relief to a country beset by devastating floods, wildfires and hurricanes without funding for the border that the President had sought, and that the Senate is expected to vote as soon as Thursday afternoon to advance the measure. The…MORE

Senate passes bill cracking down on robocalls

A bill to crack down on unwanted robocalls sailed through the Senate on Thursday, adding to a push by Congress to defeat the growing problem of phone scams and nuisance calls. The legislation would impose stiffer fines of as much as $10,000 per call on robocallers who knowingly flout the rules on calls and would…MORE

Oil gets clobbered as trade war fears mount

A deepening trade war between the world’s two largest economies is bad news for the oil business. US oil prices plummeted nearly 6% to a 10-week low of $57.91 a barrel on Thursday as fears about the US-China trade standoff intensify in global financial markets. Crude, which started the day above $61, suffered its worst…MORE

Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is pushing to empower committee chairs to hold individuals in contempt of Congress without going to the floor for a full House vote, a move that could expedite Democrats’ ability to punish anyone who defies their subpoenas but also risk further escalating tensions between congressional Democrats and the White House.…MORE