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Deadly childhood diseases once thought eradicated are making a comeback around the world. In some places, it's polio, where violence, religion and political paranoia have caused a drop in vaccinations. In the US, it's measles, where some parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children. We look at the reasons, the consequences and what might be done in the interests of public health. Also, the Supreme Court strikes down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gets his close-up.

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SCOTUS Strikes Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions 7 MIN, 50 SEC

"Congress may regulate campaign contributions to protect against corruption" but, "it may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics." That's from Chief Justice John Roberts today in the latest Supreme Court decision rolling back limits on campaign donations. Tom Taylor is Assistant Managing Editor of US Law Week for Bloomberg BNA Publications.

Tom Taylor, US Law Week (@Tom_PTaylor)

Citizens United, TtP discussion on

Preventable Diseases Are Making a Comeback 32 MIN, 43 SEC

The development of vaccines has changed modern history by preventing diseases that once killed millions of people. But there have recently been outbreaks of childhood maladies thought to have been eliminated. Most Americans don't remember measles, because the disease was declared eradicated in the year 2000. But, from New York to California, recent outbreaks are reminders of the potentially deadly disease, due to a drop in the vaccination of vulnerable children. Elsewhere in the world, polio's making a comeback, where violence and religious beliefs have discouraged vaccination or made it impossible. In America, some parents are making a choice. Is there a lack of trust in the public health system? Are the media spreading misinformation?  How's a parent to know?

Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations (@Laurie_Garrett)
Wendy Sue Swanson, Seattle Children's Hospital (@SeattleMamaDoc)
Jennifer Margulis, Brandeis University (@JenniferMarguli)
Seth Mnookin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (@sethmnookin)

Centers for Disease Control on vaccine safety
Council on Foreign Relations on drug and vaccine safety in global health
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on vaccine-preventable diseases
Garrett on the measles legacy of disgraced doctor, Andrew Wakefield
Garrett's 'Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health'
Margulis' 'The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line'
Mnookin's 'The Panic Virus: The True Story behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy'
PBS' 'Frontline' on the vaccine war
Swanson on the measles outbreak in America
Swanson's 'Mama Doc Medicine: Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance'
World Health Organization on myths, facts about vaccination

The Panic Virus

Seth Mnookin

Rumsfeld Gets the Errol Morris Treatment 10 MIN, 40 SEC

In Errol Morris' Oscar-winning film, The Fog of War, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was conscience-stricken over the war in Vietnam. Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Morris he hated it, because "that man had nothing to apologize for." Then Rumsfeld sat down for an interview of his own — without demanding any right of approval. The result is The Unknown Known, which addresses what Morris calls the "contradictions and falsehoods" associated with decisions to go to war.


Errol Morris, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker (@errolmorris)

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