This piece was originally published in the September 17, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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If you take the blue states out…”

— Trump, explaining to reporters that when he chooses to ignore the deaths of thousands of Americans from COVID-19, the death count doesn’t seem quite as bad

So much for Trump’s promise to “bring down” drug prices. Turns out, drug price increases were three times higher than wage growth last year.

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Drug price increases were three times higher than wage growth last year.
Drug price increases were three times higher than wage growth last year.

IN THE NEWS

  • Attorney General Bill Barr went on a lengthy, televised rant last night in which he compared pandemic restrictions to slavery and mocked career employees in his own agency. Speaking to students at Hillsdale College, which is known for its conservative leanings, Barr said that lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were “like house arrest” and accused governors of trying to “treat free citizens as babies” in instituting these necessary public health measures. “Other than slavery,” he continued, “which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.” He also equated career DOJ employees to preschoolers for questioning his blatant politicization of the department.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • With seemingly no end in sight in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the United States is approaching yet another dark milestone: 200,000 deaths. To put this in context, more Americans are expected to have died from COVID-19 by the end of this week than the entire populations of each of 670 major American cities. This sad milestone comes just days after tapes surfaced of Trump admitting that he intentionally played down the threat of the pandemic. He concealed the truth, set an irresponsible example for Americans, and failed to enact necessary precautions that could have saved thousands of lives — and Americans are paying the deadly price.

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This piece was originally published in the September 17, 2020 edition of CAP Action’s daily newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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