Halliburton “failed to protect the water supply it is paid to purify for U.S. soldiers throughout Iraq, in one instance missing contamination that could have caused ‘mass sickness or death,’ an internal company report concluded.”
$39,000: The amount in donations Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) accepted last year from people in the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than twice as much as he received from residents of his home state.
House conservatives initially said their ethics package would include a “permanent ban on privately funded travel, ending lobbyist-paid meals, and doubling the duration of the so-called revolving door ban on members and staff to two years.” The package introduced yesterday “does not do any of the three,” but is still facing an uphill battle among conservatives.
“Seniors and disabled Americans enrolled in Medicare’s new prescription drug program face more coverage disruptions in two weeks” as the special 90-day transition period comes to an end. Health experts warned of a “repeat of problems first encountered in January,” but this time “more intense, because people are going to be really without their medicines.”
The U.N. General Assembly yesterday “overwhelmingly approved” a much-improved new Human Rights Council, despite opposition from human rights luminaries like U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Cuba. Read more