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Funding cuts threaten public health disaster preparedness, study finds

December 21, 2011 Public health funding cuts are undermining programs that protect Americans from infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorist attacks, and natural disasters, according to a Trust for America's Health report released on Tuesday. "We've documented how preparedness has been on an upward trajectory" over the past 10 years, said Trust for America's Health ...

Survey finds VA patients favor sharing health information

December 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Almost four in five Veterans Health Administration patients who use personal electronic medical records would like to be able to share them with someone outside the VA system, a Stanford University survey has found. "We suspected that many patients would be interested in sharing their health information, but the overwhelming ...

New CMS nominee known as a pragmatist

November 28, 2011 President Obama's new pick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is more of a manager than a policy visionary, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The Post says Marilyn Tavenner's pragmatic attitude could help her avoid the controversy that has dogged outgoing chief Donald Berwick. While Berwick ...

Washington Post: Pentagon lays out cyberwarfare policy

November 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon made it clear in a report to Congress that it is prepared to launch a cyber offensive if directed by the president, The Washington Post reported, calling it the Pentagon's "most explicit cyberwarfare policy to date." In the report, released on Monday, Defense Department officials stated that they ...

WSJ: CIA asked to adjust drone strike policy

November 4, 2011 The CIA has secretly adjusted its drone strike campaign in Pakistan, bowing to pressure from military and diplomatic officials, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Behind closed doors, military and diplomatic officials have expressed concern that the CIA's large drone strikes are straining the relationship between the U.S. and ...

Ron Paul lays out ambitious agenda to shrink government

November 4, 2011 Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, laid out his ambitious agenda for reducing the size of government in a Washington Times op-ed on Thursday. "I'm not running for president merely to trim a little here and there from our bloated federal budget," Paul wrote. Paul's plan includes: Cutting $1 trillion ...

Postal workers hire former Obama 'car czar'

October 17, 2011 The National Association of Letter Carriers has hired President Obama's former "car czar" as the U.S. Postal Service looks at severe budget cuts, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The postal workers union has retained the services of Ron Bloom, who oversaw the bailouts of G.M. and Chrysler for ...

Alleged terror plot part of pattern of reckless behavior by Iran, Obama says

October 13, 2011 The alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. was part of a pattern of dangerous and reckless behavior by the Iranian government, President Barack Obama said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference with President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea, Obama said the facts of the ...

Panetta: Armed Services must work together to absorb cuts

October 12, 2011 Defense Secretary Leon Panetta toughened up his rhetoric Wednesday in a speech to the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, where he again was on the offensive over cuts to the Pentagon's budget. "The Department faces the imperative of cutting more than $450 billion over the next 10 years," ...

First lady visits Secret Service headquarters

October 5, 2011 Michelle Obama dropped by Secret Service Headquarters on Wednesday to thank employees and let them know how deeply they're appreciated by the first family. "We love our detail," the first lady told a crowd of about 200, according to White House pool reports. "People always ask, what is it like ...