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Per Vox, makers of an anti-opioid drug called naloxone are jacking prices in the face of the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic. The lesson, Vox says, is that they're doing it because they can — America's free market on pharmaceutical pricing lets drugmakers set their own prices with private insurers without any government interference.

  • Auto-injection version: $690 in 2014; $4,500 today
  • Injectable version: $62.29 in 2012; $142.49 today

Why it matters: Drug companies can't afford more stories like this right when they're getting President Trump to soften his tone on rising prices.

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Why it matters: Economists have been warning for months that the pandemic could do long-term damage to the economy as people remain unemployed for longer stretches of time.

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Why it matters: The personal venom — during Thursday's final presidential debate, in Nashville — was a reminder that even during a more normal debate, nothing this year is normal.

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The big picture: The last treaty constraining the U.S. and Russia, New START, is due to expire on Feb. 5, 2021, two weeks after the next U.S. presidential inauguration. For the first time since the height of the Cold War, the nuclear guardrails could come off.