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Former chief exectuive of Pimco Douglas Hodge. Photo: Leonard Ortiz/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

The retired chief executive of Pacific Investment Management, Douglas Hodge, was sentenced to nine months in prison for what a federal judge presiding over the case called "repeated and enduring criminal conduct" in the sprawling college admissions scandal, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Hodge's "tab was the largest of any parent charged," and his sentencing is the harshest so far in the scandal that involves about 50 parents and college coaches across the country, per the Journal.

The state of play: Hodge paid the scheme's ringleader Rick Singer $850,000, as well as Georgetown's former tennis coach and the University of South California, per the Journal. Hodge's case is broader than the other parents involved because he pushed for at least four of his seven children to get into elite schools as athletic recruits over the course of about 10 years, the New York Times writes.

  • He pleaded guilty in October to charges of fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy.
  • Hodge has been ordered to pay a $750,000 penalty.
  • 20 parents have pleaded guilty and 14 have been sentenced so far in the case, including actress Felicity Huffman, the New York Times notes.
  • 15 parents pleaded not guilty, including actress Lori Loughlin.

Go deeper...Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

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Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

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This arthritis drug cost $198 in 2008. Now it's more than $10,000

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In 2008, a box of 30 anti-inflammatory rectal suppositories that treats arthritis, called Indocin, had a price tag of $198. As of Oct. 1, the price of that same box was 52 times higher, totaling $10,350.

Why it matters: As federal lawmakers continue to waver on drug price reforms, Indocin is another example of how nothing prevents drug companies from hiking prices at will and selling them within a broken supply chain.