Trump’s plan to reduce drug prices might be unconstitutional. It also won’t help much

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its latest proposal for reining in the cost of pharmaceuticals: requiring television advertisements for prescription drugs to display the price tag of the medication being promoted. For the 10 drugs seen most often on TV, the administration says, those list prices range from $535 to a whopping $11,000 per month or per course of treatment.

An unsparing look at the Vietnam War’s mountain of mendacities

WASHINGTON — Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in a book that is a painful but perhaps inoculating re-immersion in what Americans would prefer to forget.

Killing baboons is bad PR? Who knew?

Most Americans don’t hunt, but they’re OK with other people doing it. It helps that it’s a familiar part of American history, that it’s a common source of food and that most of the harvesting occurs out of the view of those who might blanch at it.

Want to build a more diverse Capitol Hill? Start with the staff

WASHINGTON — Diversity is a driving force behind a changing America: People of color now represent almost 40 percent of the U.S. population. Yet somehow, a new Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report shows that they make up merely 13.7 percent of senior staffers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Khashoggi’s fate? Why Trump should squeeze the Saudis

Saudi Arabia’s 33-year-old de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, paints himself as reformist. He has allowed women to drive, reined in the kingdom’s religious police and permitted movie theaters to open. Those reforms, however, mask a regime that routinely arrests its critics and prosecutes a bloody, Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen that continues to yield mounting civilian casualties.