Newslinks 07/12/09

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 FCC Commissioner Circulates Internal Document on ‘The State of Media Journalism’
( – FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has circulated an internal report examining the state of media journalism in America and discussing options for addressing issues such as the rise of media conglomerates and the prevalence of opinion journalism. The report can be used as the basis for instituting new rules governing broadcasting ownership, licensing and content.

Biden Says National Health Care Plan is on Track to Pass Congress by End of August
White House ( – Even while some Democratic senators reportedly are getting cold feet, Vice President Joe Biden affirmed that a health care overhaul is “on track” for passage by the end of next month. “Folks, reform is coming,” Biden said at the White House on Wednesday, flanked by hospital industry officials, who agreed to $155 billion in savings over 10 years.

Congressmen Who Vote for Government-Run Health Care Agency Should Be Its First Customers, Legislation Says ( – Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) introduced a bill Monday that encourages members of Congress who vote for a government-run health insurance agency to forego their own comprehensive health insurance plans and enroll in the same “public option” they would have others embrace.

Former Surgeon General Elders Gets Standing Ovation from Religious Group after Advocating Sex Ed for Kindergarteners ( – Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders received a standing ovation after telling the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice that sex education should begin in early childhood. She supports contraceptive distribution and comprehensive sex education in public schools.

Ford Motor Company–Never Bailed Out by Government–Beats Government-Owned General Motors in June Sales ( – In the wake of the federal government bailout and takeover of General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Company outsold GM in North America in June, edging out the GM core brands in the U.S. and topping Canadian sales for the first time in 50 years.

Federal Agents Trace Guns Used by Mexican Drug Cartels Back to U.S. Buyers, But What About Warrants? ( – More than 100 agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been visiting the homes of gun purchasers in Houston, Texas. But the federal agency won’t say if agents have warrants.

 Catholic Bishops Urge Congress to Maintain Ban on Using Tax Dollars to Pay for Abortions in D.C.( – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on the House Appropriations Committee to reverse action by one of its subcommittees – and reinstate the ban on federal funding for abortion in the District of Columbia.

GE Plans to Use Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Not Lab Rats, to Test Drug Toxicity
( – GE Healthcare, the medical research subsidiary of General Electric, has formed a partnership with a leading U.S. biotech company to develop products derived from human embryonic stem cells that can be used to develop new drugs. GE Healthcare, which is based in Britain, says that human embryonic testing could replace animal testing.

 White House ‘Arrogantly’ Ignored Will of Congress in IG Firing, Top Republican on House Oversight Committee Says ( – The House Republican leading the probe into the firing of Gerald Walpin as the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service said he’s “going to continue to push” the investigation. Rep. Darrell Issa of California said that such abuse of power from the White House is one of the reasons why the oversight committee exists.

Dump Cap-And-Trade, Experts Advise World Leaders
( – The Kyoto Protocol has failed, and the focus on reducing carbon emissions through cap-and-trade schemes like the one currently before the U.S. Congress should be replaced by efforts to improve energy efficiency and “decarbonize” the energy supply, according to an international group of academics. Their appeal came in a report released as Group of Eight leaders meeting in Italy wrestle over climate policy.
Creating Sperm From Stem Cells Raises Ethical Concerns: Making Males Redundant?
( – A new Canadian movie tells the tale of two lesbians who become pregnant through in vitro fertilization. They use their own eggs — and sperm created from each other’s stem cells — making each the mother of their own child and the “father” of their partner’s. The bizarre plotline of The Baby Formula may not be quite as outlandish it is sounds. Researchers at Newcastle University in Britain announced this week that they had succeeded in creating human sperm from embryonic stem cells.

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