Reuters - Seven former heads of the CIA urged President Barack Obama on Friday to end the probe into allegations of abuse of prisoners held by the agency, arguing that it would hamper intelligence operations....
The Field Museum will be commandeered by pirates of all ages for International Talk like a Pirate Day. Kids (or squids in pirate-speak) and adults can join in all the pirate fun
...which is a good thing because, matey, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is today.
Clearwire Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corp. are bringing WiMax broadband service to Chicago by year-end, fulfilling a long-awaited plan to blanket the area with turbo-charged Internet speeds accessible by mobile gadgets....
Morrow said Clearwire's 4G service will be available in Chicago by Christmas under the brand name Clear.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday....
Overall, researchers said American adults age 64 and younger who lack health insurance have a 40 percent higher risk of death than those who have coverage.
Compared with Canada (aren't we always comparing our HC system to Canada's?) the US expends, in public and private funds together, 63% more on healthcare. . .
Sure, but what's a little money when we have the 43rd best...wait. 43rd?
Eighty-six percent of US adults believe the country remains in recession despite upbeat statements to the contrary from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, a CNN/Opinion Research poll out Thursday showed.
"Economists have typically called an end to recessions long before the public thinks hard times have passed," said Keating Holland, the CNN polling director.
"The recession of the early 1990s was officially over by 1991, but a majority of Americans didn't think the recession was over until late in 1993," Holland said.
A death row inmate in Texas does not deserve a new trial even though the judge in his case was having an affair with the prosecutor, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
There are some things it is better just not to think about. Like the 10,000 bacteria you inhale with each breath in the average office building. Or the 10 million bacteria in each glass of tap water. Microbiologists have now added something else to the list of things too gross to contemplate: the deluge of bacteria that hit your face and flow deep into your lungs in the morning shower.
Mr. Baucus’s plan, expected to cost $850 billion to $900 billion over 10 years, would tax insurance companies on their most expensive health care policies. The hope is that employers would buy cheaper, less generous coverage for employees, thereby reducing the overuse of medical services.
In eight states and DC, domestic violence victims (even those who have moved out on the batterer) can be refused health insurance because battering is a “pre-existing condition.” In 2006, Republicans killed a legislative provision that would have forbidden that practice. Mike Enzi, now one of the “Gang of Six” joined in, and defended, the effort to kill the provision, reasoning that it would increase insurance rates.
Savor that for a moment. Republicans voted solidly against giving crime victims access to health insurance.
The U.S. government asked JPMorgan Chase to participate in the TARP program because it was the right thing for the American financial system- not because our bank had any need for capital to maintain solvency.
WASHINGTON – After a 60-day review of the nation's terror-alert system, a special task force is expected to recommend that the Obama administration keep color-coded alerts, but reduce the number of colors — or levels of risk....
The nation has never been below the third threat level, yellow — an elevated or significant risk of terrorist attack.
So then, no need for the no need for the "safe" colors (if low risk, not no risk, is your idea of safe). But those scary colors like "High" and "Severe," well...
Though some members of the task force argued for scrapping the system altogether, that move could prove complicated because manylocal governments have policies and procedures triggered when thefederal government changes the alert level.
To recap: PhRMA, the lobbying arm of the pharmaceutical industry, earlier this year announced that it would be setting aside $150 million to pay for an ad campaign supporting the President’s health care bill. The deal was apparently struck in July, after former Louisiana congressman and current PhRMA chief Billy Tauzin (Rod Blagojevich’s underdog opponent in the upcoming semifinal match of the Corrupt Scumbag of the Century So Far tournament) met with Rahm and other Obama aides in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Also in attendance were representatives of the usual panoply of awful medical corporations, including Abbott laboratories, Merck, and Pfizer. It was in this meeting that the White House agreed to sell out health care reform in exchange for a few bucks to fund the next couple of election cycles.
Flavored coffees have never been my thing; you can keep your French vanilla and your hazelnut. But I was at the coffee store this morning to, well, buy coffee, and I decided I might as well also pick up a cup to go and it turned out they had coffee flavored with toasted coconut, or something that tastes like toasted coconut, and it was, you know, not too bad. So you can still keep your French vanilla and your hazelnut, but maybe I should give this flavored thing another chance.
GREEN BAY -- No way. This wasn't possible.
Of all the scenarios that might have crossed even the most virulently pro-Packers mind, Jay Cutler throwing three interceptions by halftime in his Bears debut was not one of them....