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Prescription drug price reduction is supposed be one of the policy areas on which Congress and the Trump administration agree. But an array of proposals from the administration and legislators of both major parties, from Canadian drug imports to Medicare price negotiations with the pharmaceu…

To the editor: On Jan. 20, Geisinger joins the nation in honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courageous, inspiring crusade for civil rights and equality — including the right to accessible, quality health care for all.

The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

Critics of the United States have argued for decades that our foreign policy, beneath its showy cloak of spreading freedom, is, and always has been, naked imperialism. In “A People’s History of the United States” — among the most influential books of the past 40 years — Howard Zinn populariz…

To the editor: After three years in office, it’s time to review the promises Trump made when he became president:

On Friday, Jan. 24, for the 47th consecutive year, the March for Life (MFL) will end its trek upon the steps of the U. S. Supreme Court.

Several years ago, Neflix produced a political thriller called “House of Cards,” in which a shrewd politician named Francis Underwood made his way to the White House through a ruthless, but initially successful campaign of murder, lies, corruption and betrayal. When the cards turned against …

To the editor: Yes, I am confused, upset and need an explanation how the Coal Township Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals denied opening of the 200-year-old historic McWilliams tavern and restaurant by Route 54 across from the Roaring Creek Weiser State Forest.

For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and longer terms, going forward.

Avid watchers of Netflix’s “The Crown” and PBS’ “Victoria,” produced in Britain and streamed on Amazon Prime, demonstrated that millions of Americans have a taste for multi-episode television series that are built on history as much as “Game of Thrones” was built on fantasy. (Amazon founder …

Before Donald Trump began to slur his words and concoct fake verbs like “tolerize,” he declared on Wednesday that “as long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon…Their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world. We’ll never le…

Washington seemed to be working, for once. Last month, key members of the House and Senate — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. — had negot…

The News-Item’s cheers and jeers from the past week of news:

To the editor: With the recent rollout of the Act 47 Exit Plan for the City of Shamokin to the public, one thing is for certain. The strategy does not fit realistic possibilities for the future of the City of Shamokin.

Before Congress departed for Christmas, they pulled another Scrooge on America’s future. Rather than deal with an impending government shutdown, they saddled the nation with more debt by passing a 2,313-page spending spree to the jingle of $1.4 trillion. It was yet another bipartisan spendin…

In 1936, in the midst of a the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a campaign speech in Chautauqua, New York. In his address, Roosevelt famously said: “I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded... I have seen the agon…

A surprising development is occurring among staunch members of the left at The Washington Post and elsewhere. These woke scolds have come out strongly against sanctuary cities and counties. Before it was either silence or tacit approval for government sheltering a population that was “in the…

With former housing secretary Julian Castro departed, the oversized Democratic presidential field reaches a critical point: More candidates have dropped out than remain in the race. But that still leaves 14 — a bulky ballot as the marathon moves closer to actual primaries and caucuses beginn…

Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to put the hype in his hypersonic glide vehicle, named Avangard. In 2018, he said it was like a “meteorite”and a “fireball,” and he declared last month that it is “invulnerable to intercept.” Russia has deployed the first of these weapons atop two SS-19…

The statistics are devastating: In 2019, more than 260 officers were shot in the line of duty and more than 40 officers made the ultimate sacrifice — which is why on Thursday the Fraternal Order of Police Pennsylvania State Lodge is encouraging you to take the time to say thank you in honor …