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“Medkits let individuals prepare themselves and their families for possible biological incidents - be they naturally occurring or man-made - and they reduce the burden on federal officials who have to distribute desperately needed medications to thousands if not millions of people in a very short time frame,” he continues.

“Unfortunately, some public health experts and federal officials don’t like medkits because they fear that people can’t be trusted to use the materials only when necessary. This short-sighted mentality will make it much harder to get crucial countermeasures distributed appropriately when needed.”

BUMPER PATROL

“My car has better insurance than I do.”

Bumper sticker spotted in Silver Spring, Md.

WATCHING HEALTH CARE

The secret life of heath care reform and the testy mechanics of bipartisan cooperation will be exposed for all to see, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday on C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other broadcast outlets as President Obama dukes it out, er, hosts a health care summit for Republicans.

Something to watch for: A group of 25 heavyweights - including Edwin Meese III, David Rifkin, Gary Bauer and Alfred Regnery - remind Republicans to ask the right questions about the constitutionality and legality of the legislation, via a letter to Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona, plus Reps. John A. Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia.

“Our concerns about the constitutionality of the bills center on the individual health insurance mandate. Attorneys among us have analyzed the issue and concluded that requiring Americans to buy health insurance does not fall within the powers granted to Congress by the Constitution,” the group says.

“Moreover, our analysis indicates that if the House or Senate bill were to be enacted and upheld by the courts, the result would be a trial lawyer-driven explosion of health care and insurance litigation. In other words, not only do these bills fail to constrain trial lawyers’ drain on the health care system, they actually make the problem substantially worse.”

See the letter here: http://web.committeeforjustice .org

AS THE SNOW FALLS

“We need to get the inspector generals involved. … Then we send that to the Justice Department.”

Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, announcing his call for three federal agencies to investigate “ridiculous” global warming claims by Al Gore and others, to Fox News.

POLL DU JOUR

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