FROM Kelly Kennedy
CVS to Stop Selling Tobacco Products CVS/Caremark announced today it will no longer sell cigarettes or related tobacco products in 7600 pharmacies. The drug store giant accounts for about 2% of all tobacco sales nationwide — with its sales amounting to $2 billion. Kelly Kennedy is health policy reporter for USA Today .
Healthcare Hearing Gets Heated On Capitol Hill today, Republicans zeroed in on the Obama Administration and contractors who built the troubled website for Affordable Care Act. Fred Upton of Michigan, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, faulted top administration officials and contractors for failing to disclose problems with the online site, while New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone accused Republicans of "trying to scare everybody." Kelly Kennedy covers healthcare policy for USA Today .
Calculating the Financial Costs of Gun Shootings A new report puts a price tag on gun violence: $12 billion a year, including $1.4 billion to US taxpayers -- for Medicare and Medicaid payments to treat victims in emergency rooms. The Senate Judiciary Committee today began debate on gun safety proposals in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Chairman Patrick Leahy , Democrat of Vermont, held up a piece from yesterday's USA Today on how gunshot wounds are driving up the cost of health care. We hear from Kelly Kennedy, who wrote the story, and from RAND analyst and former emergency room physician Art Kellermann.
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?