Photo: A CBP Border Patrol agent conducts a pat down of a female Mexican being placed in a holding facility. (Gerald L. Nino, CBP, US Department of Homeland Security)
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Last night in Arkansas, cries of "Do your job! Do your job! Do your job" greeted US Senator Tom Cotton, the latest Republican to have a town hall disrupted by protesters. In Arizona no such disruption has taken place, but the state legislature is re-defining a law aimed at organized crime to apply to protests… just in case. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services reports that the new racketeering legislation mean that protestors would not only could prosecuted, but could also have their assets seized.
President Trump has given enforcement agents new authority to arrest almost any undocumented immigrant — even if they're working and paying taxes. Critics say that's a license to pick the "low-hanging fruit," rather than doing the hard work of finding drug dealers and gang members who really are dangerous. Agents themselves say they've been freed from various limits imposed by the Obama Administration, so they're finally able to do their jobs. We hear about that argument, the likely crowding of courts and detention centers and the climate of fear in immigrant communities.
Are incentives for so-called "orphan drugs" being misused to jack up the price of one medication by 4000 percent?
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A rare form of muscular dystrophy has long been treated in the US by a steroid imported from overseas at a price of $1200 a year. Now the FDA has approved its manufacture and distribution in this country by the drug company Marathon. The new price is $89,000 a year — reduced to $54,000 after rebates and discounts. We get perspective from Carolyn Johnson, who covers the business of medicine for the Washington Post, and Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, a professor of medicine at Harvard, where he's also Director of the program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law.
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Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived? Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.
The shutdown highlights a broken system “To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating strategy the mainstream media don’t have time to tell you. On our Talking Point: the continuing Trump Campaign wears out the best of reporters.
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