Can We Have a 'Pandemic' without the Panic?

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President Obama says he’s “optimistic” about the coming pandemic of swine flu. We look at what is and is not being done and what history reveals about the dangers of over-reaction. Also, President Obama will nominate a new Supreme Court Justice to replace David Souter, who has decided to leave Washington. On Reporters Notebook, why are Africans and African-Americans susceptible to certain disases?  A new genetic study may help find some answers.

Banner image: A man wearing a face mask to prevent contagion by the Influenza H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus, buys a newspaper in Mexico City. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images