Morning Briefing for February 7, 2011

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For February 7, 2011

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1. Media Matters Helps Prove the CDC Did Cover Up Abortion Data

It was certainly not intentional, but the leftwing interest group Media Matters for America has uncovered an internal memo from the CDC proving the CDC did in fact cover up and suppress abortion data until RedState revealed the coverup.On Thursday, I reported that the Centers for Disease Control was covering up abortion data. Each year since 1969, the Centers for Disease Control has published its “Abortion Surveillance System” the week after Thanksgiving in its professional journal, The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (”MMWR”).Two weeks ago, RedState contacted the CDC to inquire if and when the data would be released. We were told by their press office — direct quotes — that the CDC “will not have stats available at any time in the near future” and there “are no plans for them to come out any time soon.”On Friday, the CDC reversed its position and claimed that the data would come out in February. Later that day the CDC said the data would be out February 25th.Now Media Matters has released a memo that gives away the game. And it may be time for a congressional hearing into what happened.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. TSA Director Decides Unions Get Right to Bargain & Take Dues From Airport Gropers

Not that there was ever any doubt where this would be heading, but John Pistole has decided to grant unions the right to negotiate and collect more than $27 million per year in union dues from the roughly 45,000 staffers at the Transportation Safety Administration.Back in November, TSA boss John Pistole granted the TSA employees the right to unionize, but had publicly deferred making a decision whether or not a union would have the right to bargain. Friday, the right to bargain was granted.Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. The True Cost of Rationing Health Care

For more than six months, breast cancer patients have been stuck in a horrible limbo, being forced to wait and watch the rationing battle over Avastin play out in a debate between government bureaucrats with little concern for their well being at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There has been an ongoing battle between victims rights groups, families of cancer victims and the FDA specific to the drug, and other life saving drugs. The stakes could not be higher when you are talking about a debate over a drug that has proven to extend the life of cancer patients. Expect this debate to expand to other drugs and services if ObamaCare is allowed to continue to exist.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. The DNC’s 2012 Union Convention: The Devil’s Always in the Details

The good citizens of Charlotte, NC are probably still feeling euphoric over besting Cleveland, Minneapolis and St Louis as the chosen city for the 2012 DNC Convention. However, as the giddiness subsides and people begin to take stock of what they just bit off, it may serve them well to check the fine print of the contract(s) they’ve obligated themselves to. If they do, they may find that being a host isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be, especially if your guests turn around and leave your house a mess.What many North Carolinians are about to find out real soon is this: If you want to play with the Chicago Democrats, y’all are going to have to play by their rules and be expected to pay a hefty price for them too. This includes their union rules.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. Matt Yglesias: The One Man Mistake Factory . . . Or “I Laugh at the Inferior Intellect”

The Blogosphere, and social media are to be celebrated for giving as many people as possible a microphone and a platform with which to express their opinions, but while the lack of barriers to entry means that punditry power is not concentrated in the hands of a select few, it also means that consumers of information had better proceed with special caution when it comes to deciding which particular sources of information to pay attention to, and which to ignore.I am here to try to make it easy on those navigating their way through the thickets of the Internet. Here is an easy rule to live by: Matt Yglesias is not worth your time.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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