Trump makes late-term bid to lower prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is trying to close out major unfinished business on lowering prescription drug costs. Two regulations issued Friday promise savings for Medicare recipients. One would tie payments for drugs administered in a doctor’s office to lower prices paid abroad. The second would require that drugmaker rebates for pharmacy medications…

Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden’s abortion stance

(AP)   Catholics split almost evenly between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the presidential election. Now they’re divided over a declaration by the head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference that Biden’s support for abortion rights presents the church with a difficult dilemma. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez made that statement near the close of…

Trump Targets Vote Certification in Late Bid to Block Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s scattershot effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is shifting toward obscure election boards that certify the vote count. It’s part of an unprecedented effort by Trump and his allies to upend the electoral process, sow chaos and perpetuate unsubstantiated doubts about the election’s result. The battle is centered…

Biden’s DIY Transition Proceeds without Trump Assistance

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has been forced to seek extraordinary workarounds to prepare for the exploding public health threat and evolving national security challenges he will inherit in just nine weeks. Blocked from the official intelligence briefing traditionally afforded to incoming presidents, Biden gathered virtually on Tuesday with a collection of intelligence,…