Mar 13, 2017

Senate confirms Seema Verma to head CMS

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Seema Verma is on her way to become the next chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Senate confirmed her tonight on a 54-43 vote, putting her in line to help Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price with the next phases of Obamacare repeal.

Her agency will be in charge of relaxing and rewriting the law's regulations while Congress works on the biggest changes. She'll also run the Medicare and Medicaid programs, although her main expertise is in Medicaid — she helped design Indiana's overhaul of the program under then-Gov. Mike Pence.

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Investment pros are selling while mom and pop buy the coronavirus dip

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As traders around the globe have frantically unloaded positions in recent weeks, so-called mom and pop retail investors have kept level heads and not sold out of stocks.

What they're saying: In fact, "the typical trader is buying equities on the dips," passive investment firm Vanguard notes in a research paper, adding that "older, wealthier traders are moving modestly to fixed income."

Zuckerberg: "Local journalism is incredibly important" to fighting coronavirus

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Mark Zuckerberg, signaling his personal involvement in a new Facebook commitment of $100 million to bolstering local journalism, told me that "very local work" is vital to his big mission of bringing the world closer together.

What he's saying: "Everyone believes that local journalism is incredibly important," Zuckerberg told Axios in a phone interview. "But everyone is connected to their local [outlets]. Figuring out how to make an impact, and support local journalism broadly and at scale, has been a challenge."

Facebook spending $100 million to help news outlets in coronavirus crisis

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Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday.

Why it matters: Whatever Facebook's motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry.