Aug 10, 2017

Trump says McConnell's future in question if agenda stalls

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President Trump spoke from Bedminister Thursday, saying "you can ask" if Mitch McConnell should step down if the efforts on health care, tax reform, and infrastructure fail:

  • On health care collapse: "I just want him to get repeal and replace done.... All I hear is repeal and replace, and then I get there and I said where's the bill? First day, and they don't have it."
  • On his McConnell criticism: "I said, Mitch, get to work and let's get it done. They should have had that last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly it shouldn't have happened."
  • On whether McConnell should step down: "I'll tell you what, if he doesn't get repeal and replace done, and if he doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesn't get them done then you can ask me that question."

Read more: He also made news on North Korea, and the opioid crisis

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It's unclear whether the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus will actually result in prescription drug shortages, but it has undoubtedly highlighted the potential vulnerabilities of having the supply chain for American drugs so dependent on China.

Driving the news: About 150 prescription drugs — including antibiotics, generics and some branded drugs without alternatives — are at risk of shortage if the coronavirus outbreak in China worsens, per two sources familiar with a list of at-risk drugs compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Lots of Democrats are in full panic that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination and get clobbered in the general election — and bring the party down, too. But the evidence, particularly the polling, doesn't back those doomsday warnings.

Why it matters: Virtually every national and swing state poll shows Sanders tied with or beating President Trump.  And, unlike every rival, he has a huge base of fervent, unshakable supporters he can only grow.