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Daily Round-up, 1/23
January 23, 2009

President Obama overturns the global gag rule today. Bush's global AIDS coordinator has been asked to resign. More elderly Americans are skipping prescribed meds because they can't afford them. A hospital in Minnesota is being used for charging patients a "usurious" 18% interest rate. A bill requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose their gifts to physicians was introduced in the Senate. A terrorism preparedness expert has been appointed to head the CDC. Poor accounting of health care costs is still afflicting the Veterans Affairs Department.

Jump-starting The Economy--and Health Reform
January 22, 2009

Anthony Wright is executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. He blogs daily at the Health Access WeBlog and, happily, he'll now be contributing to The Treatment, as well. Take his opinions seriously; few people boast similar knowledge of health care both in the abstract and in the real world. -- Jonathan Cohn The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has put out legislative language for their version of an economic stimulus.

Daily Health Round-up, 1/22
January 22, 2009

China is spending $123 billion to provide universal health care by 2011. The Gates Foundation, Germany, and the U.K. are part of a group that's pledged $635 million to eradicate polio. Mental health facilities are on the chopping block in Chicago and Virginia, where officials are struggling to cope with budget cuts.

Daily Health Round-up, 1/21
January 21, 2009

Scientific American wonders if Obama is right that technology can lower health care costs, as the president claimed in his inaugural speech. Most small business owners want the government to provide a public health insurance option, according to a new survey. The Wall Street Journal considers whether Daschle should appoint a "Health Fed" to assess the cost-effectiveness of drugs. George Washington University released a study looking at the health consequences of the 2008-2009 recession. Despite the dismal economic climate, the U.S.

Daily Health Round-up, 1/19
January 19, 2009

Seven states have filed a lawsuit to block Bush's last-minute "Provider Conscience Rule" from taking effect on Jan.

Best Of Dc Craigslist: Pre-inauguration Edition
January 13, 2009

Kids can get their first pre-inauguration makeover. A sensitive 24-year-old man is looking for "arm candy." One local woman ("a yoga-style goddess") seeks true love ... and a free ticket to the induction ceremony. "What a wonderful start to a happy relationship if we got to tell our grandchildren we met for Obama's Inauguration!" A "master photographer" needs an artist to render Obama's portrait on the body of a male model. ("This shoot is a private session.") A non-profit in Adams Morgan invites liberals to kick off the festivities by hitting a Republican pi

The Secret History Of Leon Panetta And Dianne Feinstein
January 07, 2009

When Senator Dianne Feinstein heard that Leon Panetta was nominated to be the next CIA director, she wasn't just caught off guard in her capacity as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She also found herself confronting an old political colleague--even, at times, a rival--who had suddenly re-emerged on her turf. The two northern California politicians have long overlapped in the context of both state and national politics. In 1995, Feinstein led a fight against the closure of several large military bases in the state, contending that it would have a devastating economic impact.

Is Panetta Experienced Enough?
January 06, 2009

With controversy swirling around Obama's selection of Leon Panetta for CIA chief, we approached a few respected intelligence experts for perspective. Those we spoke to were supportive of the choice and the theory that intelligence experience is not an absolute prerequisite for a good director. Paul Pillar, a professor at Georgetown University and former CIA officer, explained why he feels so confident: I think he'll do fine. ... The director is not a line officer; he's not running cases and doing detailed analyses.

December 24, 2008

Trent Lott is tired of being stereotyped. It's two weeks after the election, and Lott is at a Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to address the annual forum of the American League of Lobbyists. The profession, of course, took a beating from both presidential candidates during the campaign that just finished. "This year was extremely tough," laments Dave Wenhold, the group's incoming president. "We're worn down, and they've been slapping us around, ... and many lobbyists won't speak up for themselves." But Trent Lott will.

Lobbyists: Unsung Heroes Of The Poor?
December 15, 2008

In his Washington Post column today, Robert Samuelson attempts to make the case that lobbyists--vilified throughout the campaign as corrupt peddlers of sleaze--are in fact the nation's unsung defenders of the poor: A second myth is that lobbying favors the wealthy, including corporations, because only they can afford the cost. As a result, government favors the rich and ignores the poor and middle class. Actually, the facts contradict that. Sure, the wealthy extract privileges from government, but mainly they're its servants...the poor and middle class do have powerful advocates.