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Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

WHO-appointed experts slam handling of swine flu

GENEVA – A WHO-appointed group of experts published on Thursday a damning report on the UN agency’s handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic, saying that it failed to issue timely guidance and that its flu plans needed revision. The independent experts, appointed by the World Health Organization to examine its…

Air Force legal office: All of our members’ families can be prosecuted for reading WikiLeaks

Almost anyone in the United States, and especially soldiers or the families of US Air Force members, could be under the threat of prosecution by the military, according to a recent “guidance” document issued by the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) public affairs office. The advisory took on new significance…

Tennessee Republican lawmaker compares immigrants’ children to ‘multiplying rats’

At a hearing about a Tennessee state health insurance program Tuesday, a state lawmaker compared children born to undocumented immigrants to multiplying rats. Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) wanted to know if the Cover Kids health-insurance program required “proof that you are here legally before you can get assistance.”…

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