May 8, 2018

Drug distributor admits contributing to opioid crisis

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., led a hearing of drug distributors on Tuesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper asked five top executives of drug distributors at a hearing Tuesday if their companies contributed to the opioid epidemic. Every executive said no, except for Joseph Mastandrea, board chair of Miami-Luken, who said "yes."

Why it matters: Mastandrea's response was a stunning moment of honesty and stood in stark contrast to the denials of the CEOs of the much larger drug wholesalers.

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The renaissance of the American family

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

It used to be scarce and hard-earned, but suddenly family time is abundant in the era of shelter-in-place.

Why it matters: For the first time since the early 19th century, many parents and kids β€” and even grandchildren β€” are all under the same roof round-the-clock. And if past periods of emergency are any guide, this enforced togetherness could deepen our relationships for years to come.

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Biden says he's starting VP search this month

Joe Biden. Photo: Scott Olson / Staff

Joe Biden said he's spoken to Sen. Bernie Sanders and former President Barack Obama about selecting a running mate β€” and that he wants to build "a bench of younger, really qualified people" who can lead the nation over the course of the next four presidential cycles.

Driving the news: Biden spoke about the state of the 2020 race during a virtual fundraiser on Friday night that was opened to pooled coverage.

Trump ousting intelligence community inspector general

Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community. Photo: Bill Clark / Getty Images

President Trump notified key lawmakers on Friday that he’s firing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community's inspector general, who first alerted Congress last September of an "urgent" complaint from an official involving Trump's correspondence with the Ukrainian president.

Why it matters: The move, to take effect in 30 days, comes amid a broader initiative to purge the administration of officials seen as disloyal to the president.