Friday Blog Roundup

There’s been a lot of news about Obama appointees this week:

Elsewhere:

Matt Madia at The Fine Print brings us good news about Obama’s intention to reverse Bush’s regulation weakening the Endangered Species Act.

Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check reports on how Senators Coburn, Wicker, and DeMint are trying to remove family planning language from the omnibus spending bill – in short, by lying about the provisions they dislike.

Ken Ward Jr. at Coal Tattoo follows up on the huge coal-ash spill that happened in Tennessee in December, noting that several Senators want to mandate that EPA act quickly to regulate this dangerous coal-burning byproduct.

Maggie Mahar at Health Beat provides details about Richard Scott, a wealthy healthcare executive who’s already started advertising against national efforts to reform healthcare.

Linda Bergthold at Health Affairs Blog explores the tactics that threatened the survival of the comparative-effectiveness research component of the stimulus bill, and considers the lessons that health reformers should take away from that battle.

Robert McClure at Dateline Earth gives us something else to worry about: we’re running out of dirt.

Christine Gorman at Global Health Report chronicles the evolution of the Wikipedia entry on global health.