House Oversight Committee Republicans Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) are facing scrutiny for sending a letter to pharmaceutical companies warning not to cooperate with their own committee’s investigation into drug pricing — claiming Democratic chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is just trying to manipulate their stock price.
Outraged, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) laid into her colleagues on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Tuesday.
“The American people deserve to have lower drug prices,” said Speier. “The president even said so. And so two of my Republican colleauges, rather than being on the side of their constituents trying to bring down the cost of drugs, are writing kiss-letters to the pharmaceutical companies telling them to be aware of what the chairman, Mr. Cummings is doing trying to lower prices. It really shows you where the two parties are in terms of drug pricing.”
“Chairman Cummings has gone out of his way to show that he wants to cooperate,” added Speier, but “they are going for the jugular. They have no intention to work cooperatively with the chairman.”
Speier made clear the stakes of this congressional inquiry.
“Four of the top 10 [drugs] in America since 2011 have seen a price increase of 100 percent,” said Speier. “Type one diabetes insulin, again, 3-4-500 percent increases. Epipens have gone up 500 percent. So the drug manufacturers are taking advantage of the opportunity to raise prices because they fear there might be controls placed on the prices of drugs. It’s obscene … this is a ripoff of the American people.”
Trump’s economic ‘brain trust’ ridiculed as America braces for a trade war recession: report
President Donald Trump appears unprepared to deal with a potential recession, the Associated Press reported Friday.
"Facing a trade war against China that has shaken the global economy, President Donald Trump gathered his most trusted economic aides in the Oval Office," the AP reported. "The assembled brain trust for Friday’s urgent consultations included an economics chief best known for his stint as a cable TV commentator; a trade adviser whose pro-tariff views are outside the economic mainstream; and a treasury secretary (joining by phone on his way back from vacation) who made millions off the housing crisis and then turned to financing Hollywood movies."
ICE and Homeland Security busted pushing right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories
Multiple federal departments have been pushing far-right propaganda to federal employees.
"An arm of the Justice Department regularly sent summaries and links to articles from an online white nationalist publication over the last year, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found. In addition, similar newsletters sent to the Labor Department, ICE, HUD and the Department of Homeland Security, included links and content from hyperpartisan and conspiracy-oriented publishers," BuzzFeed News reported Friday.
Trump claimed North Korea missile testing ‘would stop’ — but they just launched again: report
The upcoming G7 summit meeting in Bairritz, France will have one more issue to grapple with after North Korea reportedly conducted missile tests.
"South Korea's military confirms that North Korea has launched a projectile this morning. From South Hamgyong Province. Japan's government reported it first," Voice of America Seoul bureau chief William Gallo Tweeted Friday.
"North Korea has now conducted nine rounds of launches since early May. But this one's notable because it comes after Trump says Kim promised "this testing would stop when the exercises end." They did end Tuesday. And yet..." he noted.