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The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were on the verge of a $26 billion settlement with the nation's three biggest drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.

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The acreage that Kim Byung-rok bought on a quiet mountain in South Korea a few years ago was meant for farming and fresh air. But after the pandemic hit, he offered a big chunk of it to the local government, figuring it could be put to good use helping others.

Ballot measure would restrict local government gun laws

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When government forces businesses to close (even if it is for a pandemic), it’s a “taking” in the legal sense.  And we can think about $3 trillion in federal bailout spending as “just compensation” to businesses and employees for that taking.  Basically, we have decided to borrow from future generations in an attempt to stop a virus and save the economy.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan compromise was approved by the Senate Wednesday night, and House leaders predict final congressional approval Friday.

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