July 7, 2008
Re "Searchers comb mountain for missing chimpanzee," July 1 The escape of a former pet chimpanzee, Moe, is a sad reminder of the dangers and difficulties of keeping primates as pets. Chimpanzees are much stronger than humans, but even a small monkey can cause serious injuries and carry disease. When they grow too powerful and aggressive to manage, these social, intelligent animals are often sent to languish for the remainder of their lives in small cages, isolated from others of their kind.
December 17, 2010 |
The Food and Drug Administration took steps Thursday to withdraw its approval for use of Avastin as a breast cancer drug after citing clinical trials that failed to show that Avastin prolonged life among breast cancer patients. The decision drew sharp and quick reactions. This Los Angeles Times story reports: "One of those opponents, Sen. David Vitter (R- Louisiana), noted that if the FDA removed its imprimatur, Avastin, which costs thousands of dollars per month, would only be available through so-called "off-label" prescribing and thus not covered by most insurance.
September 22, 2006 |
Congressional Republicans agreed Thursday to prohibit customs agents from seizing prescription drugs that Americans buy in Canada and bring back into the United States. The deal would let Americans carry up to a 90-day supply of medication back to the U.S. from Canada without being stopped by customs agents, said House and Senate Republicans. But it would not let Americans buy less-expensive prescriptions over the Internet or by mail order, officials said. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.
June 16, 2006 |
The Senate sent President Bush a $94.5-billion emergency spending bill Thursday, meeting his funding requests for America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and providing new aid to Gulf Coast hurricane victims. The 98-1 vote on the compromise House-Senate legislation gave much-needed funds to support U.S. troops overseas. Most of the money -- $66 billion -- goes to the Pentagon for military operations.
August 27, 2007 |
New Orleans reminds me of a character in a Bruce Springsteen song who constantly takes two steps forward and one big step back. Clearly the crime index is off the charts, and the old-way politics of corruption is crippling the rebuild. Consider this: Since the first anniversary last August, Rep. Bill Jefferson has been indicted by the FBI on 16 counts, Sen.
May 29, 2010
SATURDAY Today (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Memorial Day; Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Afghanistan and Iraq; North Korea: Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). The Gulf oil disaster: Sen. David Vitter (R- La.). 6 and 9 a.m. CNN CBS News Sunday Morning Merle Haggard; Warren and Peter Buffett.
March 22, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. The owners of the oyster farm fighting to continue operating in Point Reyes National Seashore continue to flex their political muscles, this time gaining the support of U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana. Vitter joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein to attach a rider in the Senate budget resolution that would allow the controversial farm to remain operating in the park for another 10 years. [For the record, 8:04 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly called the Senate budget resolution a bill.]
June 8, 2011
Although political scandals date to the country's earliest days, attention to sex-related wrongdoing in Congress began in earnest in the 1970s. Here are some examples from the last 10 years: 2011 Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.), who is married, resigned hours after news reports that he sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman through Craigslist. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) resigned after complications from revelations of an extramarital affair with a former aide, who happened to be married to another of his former aides.
November 8, 2009
Re "The illegal immigrant counts," Opinion, Nov. 2 Simplistic solutions to complex problems rarely work. I'm not sure who is more delusional, Gregory Rodriguez or U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) The census should be removed from the political process and done independently in a scientific manner. The political questions that seem to be driving both sides in opposite directions are obvious: Should the distribution of federal money, seats in Congress and seats on the electoral college consider people in the country illegally?