Monday, January 31, 2011
|By Anna Garcia|
About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement's positions and objectives into account as they address the nation's problems.
Among Republicans, 53% rate this "very important," a new Gallup poll finds.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, argues the case for polio eradication and expanded childhood immunization in his third annual letter released today.
The letter, a personal account of his priorities, also calls on governments to invest in foreign aid, even in the face of a tough economic climate.
JERUSALEM - Egypt could soon go the way of Lebanon in becoming a satellite or close ally of Iran if the current street demonstrations succeed in toppling the government of President Hosni Mubarak.
Until now, the week-long protests have lacked a clear leader, someone to take over should Mubarak fall. But Mohammed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is busy setting himself up as just such a leader.
ElBaradei openly backed and took part in the demonstrations over the weekend, quickly earning him the support and admiration of most of the protesters.
ElBaradei is a clean-cut diplomat with extensive ties to the international community. But Malcom Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations warned everyone not to be fooled.
In an interview with Yeshiva World News, Hoenlein accused ElBaradei of being a “stooge of Iran.” Hoenlein noted that during his years as head of the IAEA, ElBaradei worked tirelessly to oppose Western sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. ElBaradei adopted and championed the Iranian line that its nuclear program was purely civilian in nature.
His successors later acknowledged that ElBaradei’s reports were not accurate.
The United States today announced measures to respond to the brutal crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenka and the government of Belarus in the wake of the presidential election of December 19, 2010.
"The disproportionate use of force and initial detentions of hundreds of demonstrators; charging of five opposition presidential candidates; ongoing raids against civil society, media and political parties; the closure of the OSCE’s office in Minsk; and a flawed vote count all represent major steps backwards for the country. These actions oblige the United States and others in the international community to act," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement. “The people of Belarus deserve better.”
If you're in the Southeast - stay there. Because to travel anywhere else puts you in the eye of the next blizzard to hit the United States.
This one started on the West Coast and picked up moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. It will unleash its fury mainly across the Midwest - with up to two feet of snow possible west of and into Chicago.
The hard-hit Northeast can expect a mixture of snow and rain and ice.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Democrats gathered Friday at a conference that they billed Health Action 2011 to try to find ways to protect the Health Reform Act passed during the last Congress from an assault by the Republican Party.
The GOP controlled House voted to repeal the bill recently - but the Republcans know they lack the votes in the Senate to win a full repeal. So now that they've made their symbolic gesture, they're trying to dismantle it piece by piece.
The conference was called to try to stem that effort.
Talk Radio News Service Washington bureau chief Ellen Ratner, who attended the two-day conference, says organizers are trying to get constituents to influence their representatives in Congress to protect health reform.
Speaking with Gary Baumgarten on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network, Ratner said that, in her own case, she is precluded from a group plan because of a pre-existing condition, and is paying more than $1,760 a month in health care
"It costs me more for health insurance ... than it does for me to pay my rent in Washington, D.C.," she said. "That's not right."
The continuing protests in Egypt was analyzed by Kent State University political science professor and Middle East expert Joshua Stacher.on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network.
In an interview with host Gary Baumgarten, Stacher said control of Egypt is in flux.
"The protests are incredible because they are unified under the utter hatred about the way people were treated in Egypt," he said.
Stacher says he found it unsurprising that police officers have been taking their badges off and have been joining the protesters.
"They really were not treated well," he said of the police. "So it's not suprising ... that many of them have jumped ship."
That President Hosni Mubarak was forced to call the military shows a political weakness as well, Stacher said.
"I think Mubarak has probably played his hand into a corner."
Full coverage at www.reportergary.com
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron is taking the National Health Service to the chopping block - a victim of the government's austerity efforts due to the financial crisis in the UK. But the British Medical Association is arguing that if cuts are necessary - they should be found someplace else.
“Ploughing ahead with these changes as they stand, at such speed, at a time of huge financial pressures, and when NHS staff and experts have so many concerns, is a massive gamble," argues Dr. Hamish Meldrum, the BMA's chairman.
“The BMA supports greater involvement of clinicians in planning and shaping NHS services, but the benefits that clinician-led commissioning can bring are threatened by other parts of the bill. In particular, the legislation will allow competition to be forced on commissioners, even when they believe the best and most appropriate services can be provided by local hospitals."
Taking these decisions out of the hands of the hospitals and putting them in the hands of commissioners, Meldrum argues, could destabilize local health economies and "fragment care for patients."
Cameron wants price competition to be added to medical conditions in the hope that the market will keep costs down. Meldrum opposes this as well, saying that it would give large companies unfair advantage over local providers - further harming - he says - the local and regional medical economies.
Talk Radio News Service Washington correspondent Justin Duckham talks with Gary Baumgarten on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network about the Republican's efforts in the House to repeal Obamacare and their attempts to cut government spending.
President Obama has asked, and there have been pledges from both sides of the aisle, to bring a degree of civility into the public discourse. But how to achieve it?
Gary Baumgarten speaks with author and behavioral expert Beverly Flaxington about her five secrets about human behavior which - she believes - gives insight on how to get there.
Gary Baumgarten reports on the appearance of a 'Kill a Jew Day' even page on Facebook over the weekend and the combined efforts of many people to report the abuse to Facebook and to the FBI - resulting in it being taken down and promises of a federal investigation.
Over the weekend, four synagogues and one Jewish school in Montreal were vandalized - the latest in a series of attacks on Jewish institutions in that city.
Gary Baumgarten speaks on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network with a caller who is familiar with the synagogues and the attacks.
On Sunday, some crazied people put together what they called a "Kill a Jew Day" event on Facebook - the event to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
On the one hand, there were disgusting comments in support of the idea. But, more encouraging, a flurry of comments posted in protest - and numerous reports of abuse over the page to Facebook and to the FBI
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Threats on the life of Sarah Palin, after President Obama called for more civility in the public discourse, were discussed by callers to Gary Baumgarten, host of News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network.
Talk Rado News Service Washington correspondent Justin Duckham talks with Gary Baumgarten on News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network about Michael Steele taking his name out of contention in the race for RNC chairman - replaced in a subsequent vote by Reince Priebus.
Duckham also discussed Sarah Palin's video response to criticism of her campaign ads following the Tuscon shootings, and whether her use of the term "blood libel" now makes her no longer a viable candidate.
President Obama's call for civility ignored by those threatening Sarah Palin - Air date Jan. 14, 2011
Some people on both sides of the political spectrum obviously didn't take President Obama's admonition this week for a more civil political discourse following the shootings in Tuscon - some are responding by threatening the life of Sarah Palin