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Take Action on CHIP!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Senate Finance Committee is considering a $35 billion expansion to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP), which is currently scheduled to expire in September. Incredibly enough, President Bush has already declared that he will veto such a bill. This is the same president who, just a year…

The Corpus Callosum has more on the currently unfolding CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) fiasco: In the context of the pro and con lobbying over the proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, pharmaceutical companies decided to join the pro side. After all, if more children are insured, more of them will get…

Bush Plans to Veto CHIP Expansion

I always find it surprising that something as obvious as the need to provide health coverage to children can be so controversial. In 2004, Arlene Wohlgemuth, the Republican running against Democrat Chet Edwards for US Congressional District 17 in Texas, made as a cornerstone of her campaign her sponsorship of HB 2292 the previous year…

And the Saga Continues….

I meant to comment on this when I originally read it in the New York Times article on the political suppression by the Bush Administration of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona: Emily Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, said the surgeon general “is the leading voice for the health of all Americans.” “It’s disappointing to us,”…

Add one more to the list. Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times: Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush…

Absurdity. Complete and total absurdity. George Bush, a president who has pardoned fewer people than any president in the past century, today commutes the sentence of Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a guilty man who lied about the leaking of sensitive government information for political purposes. Stay updated on further…

Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill

I’m at a conference right now and unfortunately don’t have time to write extensively about this, but for those who were not aware, President Bush vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act (S. 5) on Wednesday. There are not enough votes in the House and Senate to override this veto, so it’s clear that our…

On Friday, Randall Tobias–the Bush Administration’s chief promoter of foreign abstinence-only sex education programs–resigned from his position as Deputy Secretary of State after getting busted for frequenting DC prostitutes. If your head hasn’t already exploded, check out Timothy Noah’s humorous but detailed commentary at Slate. Tobias advocated an ABC program (Abstinence; Be faithful; a brief,…

In a recent interview published in New York Magazine, writer Christopher Hitchens is asked “Has anyone in the Bush administration confided in you about being an atheist?”. His answer: Well, I don’t talk that much to them–maybe people think I do. I know something which is known to few but is not a secret. Karl…

(See update here.) The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform–chaired by Henry Waxman–will hold part two of its “Hearing to Examine Allegations of Political Interference with Government Climate Change Science” on Monday, 19 March, at 10:00 am EST. The full witness list is supposed to be made available later today (Update: It looks like…