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Woman Paralyzed After Flu Shot Receives $11 Million for Treatment

Lehigh Valley’s “The Morning Call” in Allentown, Penn. profiles the case of Sarah Behie, whose symptoms began three weeks after she got a flu shot. Eventually, the 20-year old’s condition deteriorated until she was partially paralyzed and living in hospitals and nursing homes from a neurological condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare but recognized and […]

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White House aides inadvertently ‘out’ CIA station chief in Afghanistan

No discipline is planned in response to the accidental leak to the media of the name of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief. That word from White House spokesman Josh Earnest today. The inadvertent release was made by White House aides in an email to a print media pool reporter on May 25 after President Obama made […]

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Health Plans Using Medicare Advantage–to Their Advantage

Limiting house calls could have saved $3 billion a year from Medicare Advantage plans–a costly program fraught with improper payments and overbilling. But when investors and lobbyists got involved, proposed limitations were thrown out the window. According to a new investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, the government paid nearly $70 billion in “improper” […]

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Fast and Furious Docs Still Withheld Under Executive Privilege

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is asking the court to lift the “temporary” delay it granted the Justice Department allowing it to withhold Fast and Furious records. Nearly two years ago, on June 20, 2012, President Obama asserted executive privilege to keep secret a set of documents that Congress subpoenaed concerning the controversial gun walking case. […]

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Is the Export-Import Bank Using Tax Dollars to Threaten American Jobs?

What issue brings both Democrats and Republicans together? Controversy over the Export-Import Bank. According to its critics, the Export-Import Bank, a little known federal agency, is providing federal subsidies to foreign firms that threaten American jobs. The Daily Signal reports, “last year alone, bank authorizations exceeded $27 billion, bringing taxpayers’ total exposure to nearly $134 billion […]

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Suspected Illegal Vaccine Trials: 70 Years Ago in Ireland

The activity under investigation dates back 70 years in Ireland. “Scientists secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in suspected illegal drug trials, it emerged today,” according to the Daily Mail. “Old medical records show that 2,051 children and babies in Irish care homes were given a one-shot diphtheria vaccine for international drugs […]

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The Baby Oxygen Trials: “We were told it was just to gather information”

In May 2007, Carrie and Shawn Pratt agreed to sign up their severely premature daughter, Dagen, for a government-funded study being conducted at Duke University Hospital. The Pratts say they were told that researchers simply were gathering information to help other children. At issue is an experiment in which researchers at two dozen academic institutions […]

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The Curious Case of Bowe Bergdahl

There must be a lot that we still don’t know about the curious case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Surely, the Obama administration wouldn’t have dispatched National Security Adviser Susan Rice to publicly announce that Bergdahl had “served the United States with honor and distinction” if there weren’t supporting information to which the rest of us […]

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The Medicare Advantage Money Grab

Tens of billions of dollars in overcharges. Suspected over billing. Inflated health assessments. An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has found deep and expensive flaws in the Medicare Advantage program created by Congress in 2003 intended to help stabilize health care spending on the elderly. Instead, CPI finds, the plans have sharply drive […]

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Justice Dept. Sued for Fast and Furious FOI Response

Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group that has successfully sued the federal government in multiple instances for unlawful Freedom of Information (FOI) responses, is taking on a new case. This one is on behalf of Fast and Furious whistleblower: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson. The complaint filed against the Department of […]

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