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Report Examines Options for Improving Hospital Emergency Rooms

Hospital emergency room conditions and operations can be the focal point of early indicators of many health care delivery issues. Emergency rooms provide a large portion of heath care to the country, particularly for uninsured and Medicaid patients. Busy emergency departments are also costly operations for hospitals, which are required by federal law to treat all patients regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

Franken Not Satisfied With Uber Privacy Answers

It’s the final episode in the rhetorical skirmish between Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and the fast-expanding car service Uber before Franken, now chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, becomes a member of the Senate minority.

NHTSA Has New App to Help the Tipsy Find a Ride Home

During the height of the holiday party season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that they have an app to help people who’ve been drinking call a cab or a friend to get them home.

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part III: James Mitchell

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: James Mitchell. Previously: Parts I, II

Lost in Translation: From Medical Journals to News, Avoiding Bad Information

Medical journal articles are a primary source of information on new medical advances and studies but they are usually laden with very detailed caveats and scientific jargon. The process of disseminating the new information to the public takes a circuitous pathway from the journal to media reports. However, an online or newspaper news article about the research study may offer misinformation, which in turn affects the behavior of the public and even other scientists and doctors. Over time, the cumulative effect of contradictory reports can confuse the public.

Robust Boeing & Even More Airports For China

In a sign of a robust commercial aviation industry and a confident corporate leadership, Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney announced Monday that his company was increasing its quarterly dividend by 25 percent to 91 cents per share.

Senate Clears Brain Injury and Breast Health Measures

The Senate has extended its 2014 term for a few more days while it wraps up several unfinished matters. On Monday, amid maneuvering over a confirmation vote approving the nomination of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, the Senate also approved several health measures. Senators quickly completed action on a bill seeking to extend a pilot program offering assistance to veterans with traumatic brain injuries (HR 4276) and a measure reauthorizing an education campaign and research on prevention of breast cancer in young women (HR 5185). The Murthy nomination was confirmed in a 51-43 vote.

The Senate's Still in Town and On Its To-Do List: Tax Extenders

On Monday, the Senate moved closer to sending a $41.6 billion package of tax breaks to the president as “party leaders tried to negotiate a way forward on the measure, which many lawmakers consider must-pass legislation,” reports CQ Roll Call’s Katy O’Donnell.

Jon Stewart Vs. Dick Cheney on Torture on 'The Daily Show'

On “The Daily Show” Monday night, Jon Stewart took us on a trip through former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s “My Little Pony”-filled brain (watch the video).

Chambers Compromised to Fund ITER

The House and Senate appropriators met in the middle to continue funding the troubled International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER.

Scott Weaver to Head Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein | Downtown Moves

Scott Weaver has been promoted to lead the day-to-day operations of the Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Weaver previously served as the firm’s senior public policy adviser and will serve as co-chair of the Practice Group along with ex-Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., who joined the firm in 2009.

New GOP Senators Claim Energy Seats

Two Republican lawmakers who emphasized energy issues in their successful bid to unseat Democratic senators will now take slots on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

High-Profile Toll Project Opens in D.C. Suburbs

One of the nation’s most prominent public-private toll road partnerships opened Sunday in Virginia with a Yuletide two-week free sample period before tolls begin on a 29-mile stretch of Interstate 95 south of Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin Proposal Will Figure in Presidential Politics

Wisconsin is a particularly significant test case for considering alternatives to the excise tax on fuel, especially considering the proposal that emerged in the days after Gov. Scott Walker won re-election.

State Fees on Hybrid, Electric Cars Suggest Alternative Path for Highway Funding

In his Nov. 14 budget request, Mark Gottlieb, Wisconsin’s secretary of Transportation, suggested assessing a special $50 registration fee on owners of hybrid and electric vehicles “to ensure these owners continue to pay their fair share of the operating costs of our infrastructure.”

Changes in Store for Republican Rosters of Senate Commerce and Judiciary Panels

It looks like changes on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will happening on the Republican side of the panel as well next Congress.

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to ($) stories.

Navy Tests Underwater Spy Fish Drone

It’s called Ghostswimmer (or Project Silent Nemo) and it wiggles in the water like a fish. It is pretty realistic, that Navy spy fish drone.

Economist Critiques the Daft World Health Organization

Congress this weekend passed an omnibus spending bill, which includes $5.4 billion in added funds to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The funding flows to federal agencies managing the Ebola response effort. However, leadership on the global response to combat Ebola rests on the World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency has faced criticism for allowing the outbreak to grow out of control. In a lead commentary this week, the Economist newspaper urges a reorganization of the WHO’s broad mission to fit limited and largely dismal resources. The magazine also comments on the WHO’s “daft organizational structure,” which mirrors other United Nations organizations. The Economist notes:

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part II: Leon Panetta

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Leon E. Panetta. Previously: Part I




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