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Trump to give drug pricing speech later this month

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President Trump is set to give a speech on prescription drug prices on April 26, Axios has learned, though the date could change. The speech will coincide with a rollout of a request for information (RFI) from the Department of Health and Human Services on different drug price policy ideas, according to Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley. Trump will also talk about drug price proposals included in the president's budget.

Why it matters: This was a major campaign issue for Trump — and the White House has been accused of not taking action on the issue. It's a concern for both Republicans and Democrats and action is likely to be popular with voters. However, it's worth noting that the request for information isn't a concrete policy change and it is unclear what will be in it.

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Extremist with ties to 9/11 captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand guard on a rooftop.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard on a rooftop in Raqa on October 20, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German extremist who is believed to have links to the 9/11 attacks, is being questioned by the Syrian Democratic Forces, NBC reported Wednesday, citing an AFP report, and CNN confirmed on Thursday.

Why it matters: Per CNN, Zammar "is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators" for the 9/11 attacks. Zammar was "a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s)," the 9/11 Commission Report stated, according to NBC. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that Zammar "was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria."