Feb 12, 2019

Lawmakers say they've reached a deal to avoid another shutdown

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Top congressional lawmakers told reporters late Monday that they have reached a bipartisan legislative agreement that would avert another partial government shutdown later this week, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The news came minutes before President Trump was set to speak before a campaign-style rally in El Paso, Texas, focused on immigration and border issues. While lawmakers did not immediately release details of the agreement, which comes after budget talks collapsed over the weekend due to Democratic demands to limit the number of immigrant detentions, two Democratic Hill sources confirmed to Axios that it includes $1.375 billion for a physical border barrier with restrictions — far less than the $5.7 billion initially requested by Trump.

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Coronavirus stress tests drug industry's dependence on China

A Hong Kong commuter wears a face mask. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Bernie's path to the presidency

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks yesterday during a rally at Houston University. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.

These swing voters don't like Trump’s environmental rollbacks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Swing voters in four battleground states decisively oppose President Trump’s sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations — but it’s unlikely to sway their votes.

Why it matters: It’s voters living in states like these, including Florida and Pennsylvania, who fill pivotal roles electing America’s presidents, so we should listen.