Saturday October 25, 2014

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Vice President Biden’s youngest son discharged from Navy Reserves after testing positive for cocaine

Vice President Biden’s youngest son was discharged from the Navy Reserves this year after testing positive for cocaine, according to a report Thursday. Hunter Biden, 44, a lawyer who works for an investment company, failed the drug test after he reported to a Norfolk, Va., reserve unit.  More…

Nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said "somebody dropped the ball." The CDC said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn’t 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn’t officially fall into the group of “high risk” and was allowed to fly.  More…

Second Dallas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Three days after a nurse who treated a Liberian man with Ebola contracted the virus, a second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the virus in preliminary tests, state and federal health officials said Wednesday morning.  More…

CDC Confusion: Who is in charge?

Though the CDC is tasked with readying the nation for an Ebola outbreak, then leading the national response, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for protecting the borders, according to Thomas Skinner, a spokesman for the CDC, which is under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services. “The question is, who’s in charge?”  More…

Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola after wearing ‘full’ protective gear

In the first apparent case of Ebola transmission in the United States, a Texas hospital worker who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian man has tested positive for the deadly virus. Health officials are “deeply concerned” about the apparent case, said Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More…

Army vet not allowed to hang jacket on U.S. Airways flight

On Flight 1930 between Portland, Ore., and Charlotte, N.C., First Sgt. Albert Marle asked a flight attendant to hang his navy-blue Army Ranger and combat veteran’s jacket to stop it from wrinkling, according to WSOC-TV. The attendant refused saying the closet is reserved for first-class passengers.  More…

Paltrow gushes to Obama at fundraiser: “You’re so handsome!”

Gwyneth Paltrow, who was joined by her children Apple and Moses, introduced the President to a crowd of 200 Hollywood supporters. She gushed: "You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”  More…

Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 35th Straight Month

The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2013, one in five American households, or 20 percent, participated in the SNAP food stamp program, compared to less than 2 percent in 1969.  More…

Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Seattle school board unanimously resolved on Wednesday to direct public schools across the city to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of each October. Further, according to board members, Seattle’s taxpayer-funded schools have “a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States.  More…

Ben Bernanke turned down for mortgage refinancing

Do you want proof that it’s tough to get a mortgage? Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve Chairman, is having trouble refinancing his home. Bernanke spoke of his problems during an appearance Thursday at a conference in Chicago hosted by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care.  More…

The end of power in Washington

Power in Washington used to be centered on the White House, the Congress, the Cabinet, the diplomatic corps and the journalists. Today, all of those groups depend on money for their very existence. The real power lies with the lobbyists, the money-raisers, the super PACs, the bundlers, the corporations and rich people.  More…

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance.  More…