A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.

An epidemic of unnecessary treatment is wasting billions of health care dollars a year. Patients and taxpayers are paying for it. by Marshall Allen This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog. Two years ago,… Read More

New poll shows majority of small businesses oppose GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON With the Senate poised to begin consideration of the Republican-authored #tax overhaul proposal this week, a new coalition of small business leaders wants to put lawmakers on notice that most of them don’t like… Read More

Ryan Dismisses Deficit Concerns to Chase a Political Win on Taxes

House Speaker Paul Ryan has spent much of his political career warning against the pitfalls of deficit spending and government debt. But that argument has been bent in service to another long-held priority, one that… Read More

Republicans fret over White House sales job on taxes

When photos of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, posing with freshly printed sheets of money ricocheted across the internet earlier this month, Democrats fighting the GOP tax bill saw an opportunity… Read More

A Legal Battle Brews Over Leadership At Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau effectively has two leaders right now, which should lead to a confusing Monday morning back from the Thanksgiving holiday — and eventually a battle in court. Both the departing head… Read More