Archive | October, 2014

New Gallup Poll: Most Americans Not Worried About Ebola

Less confidence in govt. to handle Ebola No major change in the percentage of Americans worried about getting Ebola A new Gallup poll finds slipping confidence in the federal government’s ability to handle an outbreak of Ebola. Fifty-two percent of Americans say they are very or somewhat confident in the government. That’s down nine points […]

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Obamacare Used to Register Voters

Last spring, John* purchased health insurance through the Washington State healthcare exchange. He was surprised when, last month, he received an email from the exchange at the address he’d provided when he signed up. The email was entitled, “Voter Registration Information.” It read, in part: “I did think it was an effort to [register voters] […]

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Govt. Announces New Ebola Safety Measures

(Above Image: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine) It turns out when CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said officials were doing “everything we can to protect Americans” from the threat of Ebola, it wasn’t quite everything. Two federal agencies have announced new plans to enhance […]

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Ebola’s U.S. Spread: What’s Going Wrong?

(Above image: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008, Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.) First published Oct. 15, 2014 More U.S. Ebola cases expected Infectious disease experts challenge CDC view that Ebola is “not airborne” Public health official worries about “The Tylenol Scenario” With today’s announcement of a […]

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Obama Administration Announces Plan to Admit 100k+ Haitians

(Above Image: Jan. 2010 earthquake damage in Haiti. After the quake, advocates began a campaign to expedite immigration for Haitians with family members already in the U.S. Photo Marco Dormino/ The United Nations United Nations Development Programme) Two-and-a-half weeks before the midterm elections, the Obama administration has announced plans to allow the massive importation of more than […]

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Senate Republicans to Obama: Stop Issuing Visas to Ebola Nations

(Above image: President Obama talks with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas in the Oval Office, Oct. 16, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans fired off a letter addressed personally to President Obama expressing “grave concerns” about the lack of an Ebola travel ban and criticizing his “seemingly inflexible position.” […]

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CDC: 7th U.S. Death Linked to Polio-Like Respiratory Virus

(Above image: A non-polio enterovirus as seen under a microscope) As CDC resources have been stretched in dealing with the Ebola crisis, a lesser-known virus has become widespread in the U.S. and is now linked to a seventh death. The latest CDC update on the current outbreak of the polio-like Enterovirus D-68 states that it has now been […]

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Here’s Info Justice Dept. Won’t Give Congress in Fast & Furious

For more than two years, the Justice Department has ignored Congressional requests to disclose where all of the Fast and Furious weapons are turning up. Now, documents withheld from Congress, but provided to me by a source, give a predictably disturbing picture of the violent landscape in which the weapons are being used. Uriel Patino […]

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Benghazi Document-Sorting Session Sounds Familiar to One Public Official

When former deputy assistant secretary of state Raymond Maxwell gave his account of an after-hours document-sorting session in the basement of the State Department after the Benghazi terrorist attacks, it hit home with one former federal official in particular. Sonya Gilliam had once been mired in her own nightmare at the Commerce Department where she […]

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