"The strategy to me does not match the nature of the drug,” said U.S.-Mexico Center director Tony Payan of Texas Gov. Abbott's plan to target cheap, easily smuggled fentanyl. Big fentanyl drug busts? Not always impressive, Payan added. "Dealers can afford to lose a lot of it and still make a very handsome profit.”
"It isn't a massive lead, but it's one that O’Rourke ... has been unable to reduce in any notable way,” said fellow Mark Jones of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's current lead over Democratic rival Beto O'Rourke. But "all hope is not lost for Democrats."
Seasonal factors are in part behind the decline in gas prices, said Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy, minerals and materials. "Prices tend to fall starting about mid-summer anyway," she said. She also explained that falling crude oil prices play a part: "Whatever you pay per barrel of oil plus a dollar and change to push it through a refinery is what you'll see at the gasoline pump."
While health care costs will drop under the new spending bill, "we don’t know by how much" and who will see the savings, Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, said. "It depends on which drugs are included" in price negotiations.