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The North Korean government of Kim Jong Il warned in a radio broadcast that its forces “will relentlessly shoot down” U.S. reconnaissance aircraft that monitor preparation for its missile launch.
U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke held a “brief and cordial exchange” with the head of the Iranian delegation attending an international conference at The Hague, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at a press conference.
President Obama and Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev outlined their plans today to push the reset button in Russian-American relations, launching negotiations to draft a new arms control treaty that could slash the American and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals by about a third.
“As electronic health records get a starring role in the economic stimulus package in the U.S., Americans are thinking through who to trust with their personal health data.” According to a new poll, 75 percent “Americans trust health providers above all other ‘data stewards’ for handling their personally identified information.”
A possible compromise on the public plan: “Congress would authorize a new government-run insurance program, but it would come into existence only if certain conditions were met — if, for example, private insurers failed to rein in health costs by a certain amount after several years.”
George Browning, the former Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, told a memorial service of victims of February’s Australia bushfires “that human activity was causing climate change and extreme weather conditions.”
Yesterday, the Senate approved Sen. Boxer’s (D-CA) amendment to the budget “requiring that revenues obtained from upcoming global warming legislation be used to refund consumers for the price hikes via tax rebates,” and Sen. Thune’s (R-SD) amendment prohibiting “a future cap-and-trade initiative…from causing higher electricity rates and gas prices.”
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Tuesday “he would expedite legislation to create a ‘cash for clunkers’ program if needed to encourage consumers to trade in older cars for more fuel-efficient models”; such programs have “exceeded expectations” in Europe.
The Hill reports that “doubters from Wall Street to K Street think Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is overestimating what’s left in the $700 billion piggy bank Congress created to bail out the financial sector.”