President-elect Donald Trump’s new health policy adviser, Katy Talento, tried to kill funding for HIV/AIDS research by claiming the money was going to support Russian prostitution, and she has suggested women can avoid the Zika virus by having their husbands sleep on top of the covers at night.
Former Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who fought efforts by conservatives to eliminate AIDS research funding during the George W. Bush administration, told BuzzFeed News, “This appointment raises a lot of alarm bells.”
“This is a key position in the White House for health policy,” Waxman said, adding that he is concerned Talento may represent a new push against contraception and efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
“I hope this administration is not going to roll back the clock … on what we can do to prevent sexually transmitted diseases,” Waxman said.
Talento has a master’s of science degree from Harvard University, and according to the Trump transition team’s press release on her appointment, she has “worked in the field on disease control programs in the U.S. and in Africa.” A biography posted at the Leadership Institute, where Talento serves as a volunteer faculty member, says she has also focused on “HIV prevention among injection drug users in the U.S. and Russia.” Talento is also a veteran Senate staffer who has worked on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as well as for Sen. Thom Tillis, a North Carolina Republican.
The announcement was met with alarm from women’s health groups, who have taken issue with Talento’s belief that oral contraceptives can cause abortion, despite a clear consensus among researchers that they do not.
Talento’s recommendations for avoiding the Zika virus, blamed for severe birth defects in infants, have also raised eyebrows. In January she published a list of tips for avoiding the virus. While many of the recommendations are fairly standard — avoiding areas where mosquitos breed and using bug repellent, for instance — they also suggest that women “sleep with your husband, with you snug under the covers and him on top of the covers, offering himself as human sacrifice to the mosquitos, who will pick the easier target.”
There appears to be no basis for the notion that this would protect pregnant women. “I don’t know where she’s getting her data from,” said Dr. Nikos Vasilakis, a Zika expert at the University of Texas.
Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, made his name voting against birth control mandates in the Hobby Lobby case
The nominee has had family connections to the GOP establishment. Before he assumed the bench as a federal judge, he also served in the Justice Department during the administration of George W. Bush, and his mother had a dubious tenure at the EPA under Reagan. Gorsuch’s views on abortion have never been made clear, but there are some major warning signs.
America has always had guns. It has not always had mass shootings. And I find it mighty interesting that all the liberals screaming that conservatives and legal gunowners are somehow responsible for the rise in gun crime fail to mention that some of the deadliest mass shootings in our nation’s history have occurred under the current liberal administration. You would think that evil Republican George W. Bush would’ve seen several massacres under his administration if that were really the case.
snhooah81 ha dicho: Glad I could help, support or what not. More Panama “Operation Just Because” stuff please.
The United States Invasion of Panama, code-named Operation Just Cause, was the invasion of Panama by the United States between mid-December 1989 and late-January 1990. It occurred during the administration of U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and ten years after the Torrijos–Carter Treaties were ratified to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama by 1 January 2000.
During the invasion, de facto Panamanian leader, general, and dictator Manuel Noriega was deposed, president-elect Guillermo Endara sworn into office, and the Panamanian Defense Force dissolved.
Faced with growing transparency scandals, White House exempts itself from FOIA regulations
Darn that pesky Freedom of Information Act that gives the American people access to the “most transparent administration in history”! Obama has a solution: just delete all of the regulations that make the White House subject to FOIA requests.
from USA Today:
The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.
The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.
But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It’s also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.
“The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me,” said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.
“It is completely out of step with the president’s supposed commitment to transparency,” she said. “That is a critical office, especially if you want to know, for example, how the White House is dealing with e-mail.”
Unlike other offices within the White House, which were always exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, the Office of Administration responded to FOIA requests for 30 years. Until the Obama administration, watchdog groups on the left and the right used records from the office to shed light on how the White House works.
“This is an office that operated under the FOIA for 30 years, and when it became politically inconvenient, they decided they weren’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act any more,” said Tom Fitton of the conservative Judicial Watch.
I know, I know…I can already hear our liberal readers mindlessly reciting that mantra: “It’s Bushs’s fault!” But that’s only true for Bush himself. You can’t blame Bush when Obama turns into him! Actually, Obama has only turned into the worst parts of George W. Bush.
I frequently tell my American friends, who know little about Canada, that Stephen Harper
is the last remnant of the George W Bush administration in North
America. The response I get is usually a mixture of dismay and pity.
Bush’s worldview and politics of fear have been rejected by Americans in
the last two elections, many of whom now lament his era as a period of
folly and hubris.
My American friends are also confused. How could Canada,
a country widely regarded as being full of socially-progressive and
tolerant people, elect someone from a party so antithetical to that
Harper doesn’t represent the values my neighbors and I grew up
believing in: collective responsibility, generosity, multiculturalism,
multilateralism, the championing of peace and human rights and the
importance of environmental stewardship. For ten years Harper has
steered Canada away from these values, and many Americans, indeed many
Canadians, don’t understand how far he has shifted the country.