Jan 25, 2018

White House makes long-awaited FTC nods official

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The White House said Thursday afternoon it had sent the Senate nominations for four people to serve on the Federal Trade Commission.

Why it matters: For the entirety of Trump's first year in office the FCC had only two members, from different political parties, limiting what it was able to get done.

Only three of five members on the commission can come from a single political party, limiting the president's ability to flood the agency with his allies. Meet the four nominees:

  1. Lawyer Joseph Simons, who Trump plans to designate as the agency's chair
  2. Republican Senate staffer Noah Phillips
  3. Delta Senior Vice President Christine Wilson, who worked for a previous Republican FTC chair
  4. Elizabeth Warren ally Rohit Chopra, who previously worked at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."