Posted: 01 May 2009 10:29 AM PDT
Reports are out and confirmed that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term, leaving an opening which Obama will likely fill, according to reports, with "a woman, since the court currently has only one female justice and Obama was elected with strong support from women."
Souter was a Republican appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, largely on the recommendation of New Hampshire's former Gov. John Sununu, who had become the first President Bush's chief of staff.
It is also believed that Souter waited to make sure no one else was planning to retire imminently before making this announcement, which means that no matter who Obama chooses, it should not affect the tone of the decisions made by the Supreme Court, at least not during the next court term, unless one of the more conservative Justices decides to retire or falls ill.
Posted: 01 May 2009 10:20 AM PDT
Amid reports that Senator Jim Bunning was planning to retire, The Caucus reports that according to his spokesperson, he has every intention of running for reelection.
A prominent Kentucky Republican – Secretary of State Trey Grayson – has formed an exploratory committee for a possible run for the United States Senate next year, fueling speculation in Kentucky and in Washington that Senator Jim Bunning may be planning to retire.
Posted: 01 May 2009 10:04 AM PDT
The CDC has updated it's numbers of laboratory confirmed cases of Swine Flu to 141 as of May 1, 2009.
The World Health Organization keeps tracks of the Swine Flu aka Influenza A(H1N1) internationally and they report that (yesterday's numbers for the U.S.- so although the report is listed as May 1, 2009, we know they are reporting figures as of April 30, 2009), 11 countries have officially reported 331 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths - Austria (1), Canada (34), Germany (3), Israel (2), Netherlands (1), New Zealand (3), Spain (13), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (8).
From yesterday's WHO press briefing:(Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General ad. Interim for Health Security and Environment World Health Organization)
The question that is really on many people's mind is what can we say about the severity of the illness at this point. I think that the information to date clearly points out that this infection can result in anything from very mild illness, where people do not need to be hospitalized and generally recover without any complications after several days, to fatal illness. We have now seen this occur in two countries and this is in keeping with how other influenza viruses behave. The question that we do not know right now is that when people get infected, how often are people going to develop mild illness, how often are people going to develop severe illness, and which groups of people may develop fatal illness. We do not have to handle on this right now and this is one of the questions which is important to identify. What is also important to identify is, among those people who develop serious illness, is there anything that can be done, are there any risk factors that can be identified, and so the investigations will continue in these areas.
You can read the whole statement, along with reporter's questions and answer session, here. (7 page PDF file)
Previously, most recent on top:
World Health Organization Swine Flu Update #5
U.S. Human Cases Of Swine Flu Infection- 91
U.S. Cases of Confirmed Swine Flu At 64
Number of Swine Flu Confirmed Cases Continues to Rise.
Swine Flu Update
"Swine Flu: U.S. Declares Public Emergency"
"Swine Flu: Pandemic Potential"
Posted: 01 May 2009 09:44 AM PDT
The other day I had the pleasure of taking part in a conference call with Missouri Senator Kit Bond. The conference call was lively and informative. Also, Senator Bond has a sharp and funny sense of humor.
eric aka the Tygrrrr Express
Posted: 30 Apr 2009 07:03 PM PDT
Boehner, Hoekstra Release Web Video Asking "Do You Feel Safer?"
The Politico reports the video is causing blowback.
Boehner's website highlights the release of the video above stating:
I do not have a problem with the GOP hitting Obama and the Democrats on national security, the latest actions from the obama administration regarding the memos, was not popular with 58 percent of Americans saying they endangered the country.
I do think Boehner, Hoekstra and others should also hammer home the spending, the budget, the bailouts, the waste and the earmarks aka pork, slammed against the American people.
Not just one front, but take the fight to them on all fronts.
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