Lessons from the National Association of Realtors settlement for the 2024 election

A couple of weeks ago, the National Association of Realtors agreed to settle more than a dozen cases alleging that the organization and brokerage firms associated with it violated antitrust laws by setting industrywide standard commissions, paid by sellers of homes. The NAR agreed to pay $418 million in damages and adopt a new business model.

If a federal judge approves the settlement, commissions — currently set at 5 to 6 percent of the sale price of a home, in contrast to 1 ...

Biden administration finalizes action on ‘junk plans’

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Sanders goes after Ozempic cost

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Biden rolls back Trump expansion of short-term ‘junk’ insurance plans

The Biden administration is cracking down on insubstantial health insurance plans that don't have to meet ObamaCare’s consumer protection requirements. 

A final rule issued Thursday would roll back a Trump-era policy that drastically expanded what Biden officials and critics call “junk” plans. 

The final rule limits the duration of the insurance plans to three months, with the option of a one-month extension. Plans will also be required to provide consumers...

Addiction treatment in prison is a crucial part of solving the opioid crisis

Two decades into an opioid crisis that has claimed more than 1 million American lives, policymakers are still searching for ways to reduce overdose deaths. They would do well to focus on jails and prisons.

There are 4,000 correctional facilities in the U.S., of which only a few dozen operate on-site opioid treatment programs. On any given day, there are almost 2 million incarcerated, about 15 percent of whom meet screening criteria for opioid use disorder. For many, incarcerat...

Joe Lieberman, first Jewish vice-presidential nominee of a major party, dies at 82

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.), who became the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate of a major party when Al Gore selected him as his running mate in the 2000 election, has died at age 82.

His family said he died Wednesday in New York City surrounded by family, including his wife Hadassah, after suffering complications from a fall.

His funeral will be held at the Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, Conn., his hometown.

Sen. Chris Murphy...

Conservative justices express support for Comstock Act

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Biden responds to cease-fire protest during speech: ‘We need to get a lot more care into Gaza’

President Biden said the pro-Palestinian protesters who interrupted his speech have a point, adding that more care has to get into Gaza amid the Israel-Hamas war.

Biden, while talking about the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in North Carolina, was interrupted by a protester yelling, “What about the health care in Gaza?” 

Biden stopped his address and responded, “Everybody deserves health care.”

A lengthy interruption continued, with protesters yelling, “Hos...

Biden seeks to draw contrast with Trump on health care in North Carolina

President Biden and Vice President Harris traveled Tuesday to North Carolina to tout the recent anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and bash Republicans' health care agenda.

Biden delivered remarks in Raleigh, the capital of a state his campaign has cited as a potential flip opportunity in November after he lost it to former President Trump by roughly 75,000 votes in 2020.

The visit was timed around the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being si...