FROM Elizabeth Heubeck
Swine Flu: Mixed Messages and Public Anxiety This summer, Obama Administration officials said not to worry: there would be plenty of Swine Flu vaccine. The public didn't seem all that inclined to get vaccinated anyway. Now the second wave of the H1N1 Flu has arrived, but the vaccine is in short supply, and public anxiety is on the rise.
Swine Flu: Mixed Messages and Public Anxiety Two weeks ago, swine flu vaccination was derided on television talk shows, and polls showed a lack of public interest. Then supplies began to run out. Even before the President declared an Emergency last Saturday, lines were forming. Now the government is counseling Americans not to panic. Why is there a lack of supply? Is that what's behind the increased demand? Who really needs the vaccine? Is the risk from the H1N1 virus being blown all out of proportion?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?