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House Republicans call emergency meeting to defund NPR

The House Rules Committee will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to consider legislation to permanently prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio (NPR) after conservative activist James O’Keefe released a video smearing the news organization. The bill, H.R. 1076, was introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who is leading the…

House approves stop-gap measure funding gov’t for three weeks

WASHINGTON – By a margin of 271-158, the House voted Tuesday to pass yet another stop-gap resolution that cuts $6 billion in spending and funds the government for an additional three weeks. The bill now moves to the Senate. Funding expires Friday as the House and Senate failed to agree…

Family planning saves lives: Melinda Gates

WASHINGTON — Melinda Gates on Wednesday urged US lawmakers not to cut funding for family planning programs in developing countries, saying access to contraception can “save a huge number of lives.” “There is a lot of controversy in this country about reproductive health because of the issue of abortion, and…

Two-thirds of states cut mental healthcare funds: advocacy group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two-thirds of states cut mental health funding from their general fund budgets over the last two years, according to a report released by a mental illness advocacy group on Wednesday. Kentucky with 47 percent, Alaska with 35 percent, and South Carolina and Arizona both with 23 percent…

Bias creeps into meta-studies: US medical journal

WASHINGTON – Meta-analysis combines the results of small studies and is often used to help interpret research and form treatment guidelines, but bias can creep in, a major US medical journal said Tuesday. Information on funding and conflicts of interest by study authors who may have financial ties to drug…

Conservative prankster targets NPR with new video

Conservative media prankster James O’Keefe is at it again. This time the conservative filmmaker has allegedly caught a National Public Radio (NPR) executive telling a fake Muslim group that the tea party was full of “racist people.” In the video, activists Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar of O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas”…

Transplant patients a target of Arizona budget cuts

PEORIA, Arizona (Reuters) – A pacemaker and defibrillator fitted to carpenter Douglas Gravagna’s failing heart makes even rising from the couch of his Phoenix-valley home a battle. But it is not congestive heart failure that is killing him, he says. It is a decision by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to…

House Republicans to pregnant women: Fetal life is more important than your health

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary committee on Thursday approved a broad measure that limits access to abortion for women whose health may be harmed by carrying a pregnancy to term. The panel passed HR 3 “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” in a mostly party-line vote of 23-14, sending it…

House budget cuts raise spectre of US govt shutdown

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Historic spending cuts approved by the US House of Representatives face a grim future in the Senate, raising prospects of a government shutdown and ramping up the public relations blame game. After a marathon floor debate running well past midnight, the Republican-controlled House voted Saturday to cut…

House votes to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 240 to 185, the House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that would defund the health and abortion services group Planned Parenthood. The measure was attached as an amendment to the appropriations bill funding the government for fiscal 2011. It passed on a largely…

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