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As part of a push against "socialistic" policies in big, blue cities like Austin, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called a special legislative session "aimed at curtailing local power," per the Washington Post.

A similar dynamic is playing out across the country, the Post notes, particularly in Republican-controlled states where more progressive metropolitan areas are growing in population, and power. North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill," for example, was targeted at rolling back policies in Charlotte.

Pair that with a staggering projection from David Birdsell, a political scientist quoted by CityLimits.org

"By 2040, 70% of Americans are expected to live in the 15 largest states... home to the overwhelming majority of the 30 largest cities... that means 70% of Americans get all of 30 Senators and 30% get 70 Senators."

Why it matters: There's a lot of resentment in U.S. politics — and it goes both ways. Rural communities feel their influence waning, while urban areas feel underrepresented. These trends suggest it will only get worse.

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The 10 highest-selling drugs in the U.S. last year gave away more than $23 billion in rebates to insurance intermediaries, but still netted almost $58 billion in sales.

The big picture: The U.S. drug pricing system is filled with confusing numbers, and many entities profit off the flow of drugs, but pharmaceutical companies retain a vast majority of the proceeds.

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A month after the Trump administration changed how hospital data is reported, the public release of this data "has slowed to a crawl," the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: This is the latest example of how the world's wealthiest country just can't get it together.

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Pandemic plunges U.K. into "largest recession on record"

The scene near the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England in the City of London, England. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom slumped into recession as its gross domestic product GDP shrank 20.4% compared with the first three months of the year, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: Per an ONS statement, "It is clear that the U.K. is in the largest recession on record." The U.K. has faired worse than any other major European economy from coronavirus lockdowns, Bloomberg notes. And finance minister Rishi Sunak warns the situation is likely to worsen.