Shane Savitsky Feb 13, 2017
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Sanders and Cummings hit Marathon for drug price hike

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Elijah Cummings have launched an investigation of Marathon Pharmaceuticals over its decision to raise the price of an annual supply of deflazacort, a steroid used to treat a rare degenerative muscular disease, to $89,000.

From their letter to Marathon's CEO: "Exorbitantly pricing potentially life-saving medications that should be widely available for a fraction of the price hinders patient access and drives up costs for the entire health care sector."

Why it matters: This is the first congressional action in the Marathon scandal, from two Democrats who have focused heavily on rising drug prices. It could signal further congressional action on the issue, an area in which President Trump has vowed action.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

Haley Britzky 9 hours ago
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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

Donald Trump.
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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.