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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's health care agenda is making more enemies than friends, hitting brick walls and fierce opposition in the courts, in Congress and even within his own administration.

Driving the news: Yesterday was a bad day for two of Trump's biggest health care priorities.

  • A federal judge slapped down the administration's approval of Medicaid work requirements — arguably the biggest change it has actually made to health policy so far.
  • Some congressional Republicans, meanwhile, are quietly (and not-so-quietly) hoping the administration will also lose the separate lawsuit in which it's trying to get the Affordable Care Act thrown out.

The big picture: These are different kinds of setbacks, and there's still a long way to go in all of these legal proceedings. But together, the crosswinds — the political resistance on one side and substantive losses on the other — leave Trump's agenda in a precarious place.

This will keep happening. The administration appears close to finalizing the part of its drug-pricing plan that calls for including drugs' sticker prices in their TV ads. The pharmaceutical industry will likely challenge that proposal in court.

  • Another component on drug prices — the plan to tie Medicare payments for certain drugs to the prices European countries pay — is still a hard sell for some conservatives on Capitol Hill.
  • They are giving the administration the benefit of the doubt now, but — as we're beginning to see with the ACA lawsuit — the benefit of the doubt doesn't always last forever.

Go deeper: Kevin McCarthy tells Trump new health care push makes no sense

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Fed chair says he isn't concerned by Delta surge

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at the G20 finance ministers and central bankers meeting in Venice last month. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

One of the country's most influential economic officials doesn't anticipate that surging coronavirus cases will knock the reopening recovery off course.

What he's saying: "There has tended to be less economic implications from each [coronavirus] wave. We'll see if that's the case for the Delta variety," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters today.

Updated 3 hours ago - Economy & Business

Ubisoft workers demand company accountability in open letter

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Close to 500 current and former employees of “Assassin’s Creed” publisher Ubisoft are standing in solidarity with protesting game developers at Activision Blizzard with a letter that criticizes their company's handling of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Ubisoft and Activision Blizzard workers are framing the actions as part of a bigger movement meant to have lasting change in the industry and its culture.

Companies deploy tech to prevent retail crime

Customers in a Home Depot in Pleasanton, California, in February 2021. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Retailers have a new edge for fighting theft: They're using technology to disable stolen goods — from iPhones to Black & Decker drills — and render them useless.

Why it matters: Organized retail crime has a considerable affect on retailers every year, costing them an average of $719,000 per $1 billion dollars in sales, according to estimates from the National Retail Federation.

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