Jan 20, 2019

Walmart, CVS settle pharmacy pricing dispute

CVS and Walmart reached a new deal. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Walmart pharmacies will stay in the network of CVS Health's pharmacy benefit manager after the two sides agreed to a new pricing contract.

The big picture: So much for that spat. However, the Wall Street Journal reported Walmart "didn't ask CVS to increase the amount it pays when shoppers fill a prescription," and instead asked to "maintain rates at current levels." That detail fits with a new Columbus Dispatch story, which showed the CVS pharmacy benefit manager paid Walmart stores 46% less for some drugs than CVS' own pharmacies.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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House Democrats lose appeal to force McGahn testimony

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Democrats in the House lost an appeal to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena, Politico was the first to report.

Why it matters: McGahn was seen as a crucial witness in the House investigation into whether President Trump tried to obstruct the Mueller inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 on Friday that it did not have the authority to resolve the dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

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