The Pentagon reports the U.S. military death toll in Iraq has reached 2,500.
From 2000-2005, the 10 members of the House Ethics Committee and their aides “accepted about 400 such trips valued at nearly $1 million,” according to a new Center for Public Integrity Report. (The lawmakers spent the majority of the money.)
President Bush today “will create the world’s largest marine protected area,” a wildlife-rich collection of reefs and atolls that “will be larger than all of America’s national parks combined.” The decision “is a turnaround for the administration, which five years ago considered stripping more limited protections from the area.”
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has been investigating “why FDA officials approved the sale of the antibiotic Ketek even after the government learned safety tests on the drug had been forged.” Yesterday federal health officials refused to give the senator information on the drug. “I smell a cover-up,” said Grassley.
“Emergency medical care in the United States is on the verge of collapse, with the nation’s declining number of emergency rooms dangerously overcrowded and often unable to provide the expertise needed to treat seriously ill people in a safe and efficient manner,” three new reports from the Institute of Medicine show. Read more