Mar 8, 2017

Health care lobbyists part of Trump's landing team

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ProPublica has obtained the names of more than 400 people who have been hired quietly by President Trump's administration to fill various jobs at federal agencies. Several people are lobbyists, a group who Trump has promised to keep out of the government.

Thirty-two people have gotten beachhead positions within the Department of Health and Human Services. Many of those hires have worked as aides or directors for Vice President Mike Pence and Tom Price, who leads the agency as secretary. A handful of people previously were health care industry lobbyists and are now serving as senior advisers to Price:

Another Health and Human Services hire, Matthew Bowman, appears to have worked for the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, which opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.