By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Two Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called for stricter federal oversight of compounding pharmacies in the wake a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated injections made by a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy.
The first sickness was in March and the first signs of a salmonella outbreak appeared in May. Two months later, investigators linked the outbreak to ground turkey and a Cargill meat processing plant in Arkansas.
Upping the ante in the budget faceoff, the Obama administration warned Friday that workers who distribute Social Security benefits might be furloughed if congressional Republicans force cuts in federal spending.
A key House committee Tuesday approved the broad outlines of a GOP plan to sharply curb domestic programs and foreign aid, but it wasn't enough for a handful of Republicans on the panel who promised to try to cut the measure even further during floor debate next week.
A lobbyist for Progress Energy married to an aide to President Obama was found dead in a car fire at her home near the U.S. Capitol, fire authorities and the company said Monday.
A "tea party" favorite is dropping her bid for a leadership position in the upcoming Republican-controlled House.
A House panel wants the owners of two Iowa companies involved in a massive egg recall to explain how eggs from their farms were linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning.
There is often a disconnect between the actual contents of government publications and the way they are represented by various interested parties - that is to say, the "spin." This was evident in the various alarmist interpretations of a recent report by Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson on the geographical distribution of clinical trials of drugs.
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution purposefully divided governance among three separate but interdependent branches, intending to ensure the principal powers - legislative, executive and judicial - were not concentrated in a single branch. These are the "checks and balances" we all learned about in civics classes.
The House yesterday narrowly approved a measure to reverse a 23-year-old U.S. policy against providing foreign-aid grants for contraception to groups that also offer abortions abroad.
Almost a year into his job as the spiritual leader of the Washington area's 560,000 Catholics, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has set a personal agenda and style that are worlds apart from those of his more flamboyant predecessor.
"Because of the current vague patchwork of federal and state oversight and regulation of these pharmacies, consumers are left at risk and often unaware of the differences between these products and others," said DeLauro, who sits on the House committee that sets the FDA's budget.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a longtime food safety advocate, said she would continue to push for the program to stay open beyond the year's end, since the House and Senate have not included any funding for it in their agriculture spending bills.