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A House Foreign Affairs Hearing: "Lessons Learned from Super Bowl Preparations: Preventing International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events"
S. 1922 —- Senator David Vitter, having announced his entry into the 2015 Louisisana Governor's race, has introduced bill to prevent the illegal trafficking of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits by requiring all program beneficiaries to show valid photo identification when purchasing items with program benefits. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R.7, The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. more »
California, which is home to more assisted living facilities than any other state, currently maintains one of the loosest regulatory regimes in the country, with minimal fines (as little as $150 in cases of fatal neglect or abuse) and infrequent inspections (required once every five years). state rules have been broadened to allow people with "virtually any medical condition" to reside in assisted living facilities, yet the division of the department that monitors those operations "has no staff with medical expertise." more »
The First Lady dunks with the Miami Heat. Perhaps she'll join her brother, Craig, coaching basketball as well teaching preparation of healthy meals. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia also prepared burritos while volunteering at the DC Central Kitchen in Washington, DC, on Martin Luther King Day more »
Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller: As documented in a ProPublica series last year, the FDA has delayed for decades enacting tougher rules on acetaminophen. While generally considered safe when taken as recommended, relatively small overdoses have been shown to cause liver damage and even death. Ninfa Redmond, a toxicologist who helped carry out the 1977 panel’s exhaustive, three-year study, said she was surprised that such big doses continued to be sold 40 years later. more »