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  • Trump returns to Mar-a-lago to address Palm Beach County Republicans

    03/20/2016 3:53:11 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 64 replies
    The Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 20, 2016 | Dan Sweeney
    Donald Trump returned to his Mar-a-Lago Club on Sunday as a Republican champion, the man who will most likely win their nomination for president by the time the last primaries are held in June. The crowd streamed in about 6 p.m., with a traffic jam quickly forming by the entrance as people stopped to take pictures with Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate and West Palm Beach resident who endorsed Trump and is now thought to be lobbying heavily for a vice presidential spot...
  • So What if Ben Carson Is a Creationist?

    10/28/2015 2:09:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE TV NEWS was on, and there was a story about the leading candidates in the Republican presidential field. "So if Donald Trump gets the nomination," my liberal friend needled me, "are you going to vote for him?" "He's not going to be the nominee," I said, "but I wouldn't vote for him in any case." "What about Ben Carson?" he wanted to know. I like what I've seen of Carson's personality and character, I replied, but I couldn't imagine backing someone so inexperienced for president. Then I added: "He'd make a great surgeon general, though!" I meant it lightheartedly,...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: 'We Need More Research on the Health Effects of Guns’

    02/13/2015 7:31:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    ( - Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D- Ore.) has released a plan calling for “more research on the health effects of guns.” Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns. “The Surgeon General's report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and...
  • Planned Parenthood congratulates new Surgeon General

    12/17/2014 11:30:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life dynamics ^ | December 16, 2014 | life dynamics
    By a vote of 51 to 43 vote, the Senate has confirmed 37-year-old Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States. Critics say that the Obama pick is a political appointment only. Pro-lifers say that anyone the most radically pro-abortion president to date would select as America’s top doctor will most likely favor abortion. No sooner did the news of the confirmation become public that Planned Parenthood Action sent out a tweet of congratulations: PP Congrats Surgeon General Dec 2014 In the words of the Stanek Report, “Planned Parenthood support of new surgeon general says all you need to...
  • Lame Duck Dems Push Anti-Gun Murthy As Surgeon General

    12/16/2014 10:30:45 AM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 16, 2016 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Rights: No longer fearing electoral revenge from the National Rifle Association, an outgoing Democratic Senate pushed to confirm an anti-Second Amendment radical, who thinks guns are a health issue, as the nation's top doc. A Democratic Senate that earlier balked at the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general of the U.S. no longer feared the possible electoral consequences of approving him in the wake of November's Republican tsunami. That, along with the GOP's obsession to not be blamed for a government shutdown, gave us a bad budget deal and the Democrats a chance to confirm Murthy. A...
  • Senate Dems Try to Confirm Anti-Gun Surgeon General Before Handing Control to GOP

    12/09/2014 10:07:36 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Senate Democrats are "likely" to give anti-gun Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy a confirmation vote before they lose control of the Senate at year's end. This gives departing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) an opportunity to poke midterm voters in the eye for supporting pro-gun GOP candidates over Democrats. According to Politico, a senior Democrat aide says Murthy "is likely to get a vote before Democrats hand control of the chamber to Republicans in January." In one way, he has his best chance for confirmation now because Democrat rule changes allowing confirmation by a simple majority are still in place....
  • Dems Use Ebola To Push For Anti-Gun Surgeon General

    10/20/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies ^ | October 20, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Politics: More than two dozen House Democrats are pushing the Senate to revive and ratify the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to a critical post, but helping to fight deadly disease is not what they have in mind. The question of the day is why we have or need an Ebola czar in the form of political operative/hack Ron Klain when we have an unfilled surgeon general's position that physician emeritus serving as America's doctor is supposed to fill. We have an acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, but he is seemingly just a placeholder instead of the force...

    05/17/2014 9:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/17/14 | Doug Book
    On May 12th, a motorist told Minneapolis police that the driver of another vehicle had “brandished” a gun at him on I-694. Police closed two lanes of Interstate traffic during the morning rush hour, identified the gunman’s vehicle and took him into custody. It turns out the man who caused the police emergency and traffic nightmare is an ATF agent. However, the agent’s name “…was not released per Minnesota Statute 13.82, which allows the identity of an undercover law enforcement officer to be kept private.” An undercover law enforcement officer? How many undercover officers–you know, individuals who would prefer to...
  • Why Rand Paul Is Sinking the Surgeon General Nominee

    03/21/2014 8:23:14 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 58 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 03-22-2014 | Eleanor Clift
    It’s about guns, it’s about the midterms, and maybe it’s about the first primary states in 2016, too. Democrats thought they would win confirmation for more of President Obama’s nominees by waiving the 60-vote filibuster hurdle for executive branch appointments, but they didn’t factor in nervous red-state senators afraid of taking tough votes that could sink their reelection in November. The latest apparent casualty is Vivek Murthy, a 30-something British-born American doctor, whose parents are from India, and whose Ivy League credentials and activism on public-health issues includes co-founding Doctors for America, which launched in 2008 as Doctors for Obama....
  • Surgeon General nomination forces Senate Democrats to hide gun views

    03/20/2014 3:16:10 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 19, 2014 | John Lott
    When will some Democrats who describe themselves as “pro-gun” realize that they aren't fooling anyone? Here's their latest deception. President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to be surgeon general is in trouble, because the National Rifle Association decided that it was going to “score” the vote – that is, let its members know which senators voted for someone they believe is a threat to people being able to own guns for self-defense.
  • Another Obama nominee faces confirmation struggle: Another Democratic Rebellion in Less than 2 weeks

    03/18/2014 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Another stupid Democrat trick threatens to blow up in the face of Harry Reid like Wylie Coyote lighting an exploding cigar given to him by the Roadrunner.In theory, Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” change to simple majority Senate confirmation ought to have ushered in easy confirmation for even the wackiest left wing nominees to high posts in the federal government. But those pesky voters are going to speak in November, and thanks to ObamaCare a growing list of Senate Democrats up for re-election fear accountability. So all of a sudden, confirmation is no sure thing: Burgess Everett and Josh Gerstein report...
  • President Obama nominates Vivek Hallegere Murthy for surgeon general

    11/15/2013 5:31:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/12013 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    President Obama nominates Vivek Hallegere Murthy for surgeon general By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 11/14/13 6:16 PM EST The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be the next surgeon general. He is the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, which began as Doctors for Obama in 2008. He is a hospitalist attending physician and instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He would succeed Regina Benjamin, who announced her resignation from the post in July.
  • Obama’s Pro-Abortion Surgeon General Regina Benjamin to Step Down

    06/13/2013 7:30:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, an abortion advocate, announced yesterday she will step down next month from her post as the nation’s top doctor. “My goal was to create a grassroots movement, to change our health care system from one focused on sickness and disease to a system focused on wellness and prevention,” she wrote in an email to her staffers, first reported by the AP. “With your help, that movement has begun.” The Hill has more details: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised Benjamin in a statement. “Regina has served as America’s doctor since 2009 and has impacted...
  • The Nation's Doctor

    03/02/2013 6:20:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 2, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    The surgeon general of the United States needn't be a surgeon. And he may be a general -- or admiral -- only in name. The rank is essentially a civil office -- despite the dress whites and gold braid. Indeed, it was largely an honorary title before Ronald Reagan chose a physician by the name of C. Everett Koop for the appointment. Dr. Koop, who died this week at the grand old age of 96, was indeed a surgeon and a fine one (his specialty was pediatric surgery at Children's in Philadelphia) and he soon became a household name. And...
  • Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at age 96

    02/25/2013 3:11:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2013
    Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died peacefully at his home on Monday, Dartmouth College said. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general. [Snip] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Dartmouth College, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Koop was the author of more than 200 articles and books. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of...
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • US: More work needed to stop youth tobacco use

    03/09/2012 8:32:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Felberbaum
    RICHMOND, Va. -- More work needs to be done to keep young Americans from using tobacco, including creating smoking bans and increasing taxes on tobacco products, the U.S. Surgeon General's office said in a report released Thursday. Almost one in five high school-aged teens smokes, down from earlier decades, but the rate of decline has slowed, the report said. It says it's particularly important to stop young people from using tobacco because those who start smoking as teenagers can increase their chances of long-term addiction. They also quickly can experience reduced lung function, impaired lung growth, early heart disease and...
  • Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says a hairdo may deter exercise. Is she right?

    08/26/2011 7:40:51 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 36 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 8/26/11 | Amina Khan
    Dr. Regina Benjamin, surgeon general of the United States, is warning American women of an impediment to a healthy, active life: their hairstyles. Benjamin said that the expensive products and time-consuming procedures that some women, especially African American women, invest in to straighten and control their tight curls may deter them from working out. After all, just a little moisture could undo the hairdo that was the result of a lot of time and money. (SNIP) The story pointed out some interesting research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center that found about a third of black women surveyed said they...
  • Not Helpful

    03/16/2011 9:26:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Why do we have a Surgeon General? The position (which once used to involve running the Public Health Service) no longer carries any meaningful administrative responsibilities; it’s almost purely symbolic. The Surgeon General educates the public about various health-related issues. In practice, this generally means that Surgeons General act as secular preachers, wagging a finger at the American people for various vices like smoking and drinking. It is hard to see any real case for such a position in the federal government (a few years ago I argued in NR (subscription required) that the position should be eliminated or transformed...
  • Why Do We Even Have Surgeon Generals?

    03/15/2011 8:46:52 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-15-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    The surgeon general is "helping" people understand the nature of the nuclear fallout from Japan drifting our way... State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy "precaution." More at NBC Bay Area The article then goes on to reaffirm California officials saying the tablets are only needed for people who live in close proximity, like 10 miles, to a nuclear event.Great, this leaves one final question: what on earth do we have a Surgeon...
  • Surgeon General: Buying Iodine a "Precaution"

    03/15/2011 2:33:26 PM PDT · by traumer · 33 replies
    The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests. State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States Surgeon General supported the idea as a worthy "precaution." U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin...
  • Surgeon-General’s Report on Tobacco Called ‘Unscientific and Potentially Unethical’

    12/16/2010 11:53:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 53 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | December 16, 2010 | Susan Jones
    U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin addresses the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. (Photo by Penny Starr/ ( – The U.S. Surgeon-General’s report that even a single cigarette can harm a person’s health is unscientific and potentially unethical, a cigar and pipe trade group says.According to the report released on Dec. 9 by Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke.” In announcing the report, Benjamin said exposure to tobacco smoke – even occasional smoking or secondhand smoke – “causes immediate damage to your body that can...
  • Surgeon General Koop Urges No Vote on Kagan Based on Abortion Manipulation

    07/19/2010 10:25:32 AM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies ^ | July 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Surgeon General Koop Urges No Vote on Kagan Based on Abortion Manipulation Washington, DC -- Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop has written an extensive letter to members of the Senate calling for a no vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. The letter focuses attention on the Clinton administration memos Kagan authored showing her attempting to manipulate abortion opinion.
  • Obama's Surgeon General Zero Dollar available - use in your fight against Obamacare

    10/30/2009 12:47:08 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 9 replies · 394+ views
    self | 10/30/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Obama's surgeon general pick - a doctor who's supposed to be a health role model (if nothing else, I mean what the hell else does the Surgeon General do besides PSA's about 'do this, don't do that) and she's obese. It's more a statement about Obama than her, in reality. THis whole administration and the people working in it. Up is down. Good is bad. Left is right. 36,000 jobs saved/created for 1 trillion in stimulus tax money, but 3.3 million jobs lost since Obama took office. A tax cheat for Treasury Secretary. A huge pro-abort for Health and Human...
  • Senate Confirms Surgeon General (Czar Dr. Regina Benjamin)

    10/29/2009 7:18:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 633+ views
    The Caucus ^ | 10/29/09 | Kate Phillips
    Senate Confirms Surgeon GeneralBy Kate Phillips October 29, 2009, 8:46 pm After much agitation earlier in the day, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Regina Benjamin as the nation’s surgeon general on Thursday night amid a national emergency over the swine flu outbreak. The Senate approved her on a voice vote. On Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, had taken to the floor to complain that her nomination, along with others, had been held up. Republicans had stalled her confirmation over another issue, the so-called gag order imposed on insurance companies about whether they could inform...
  • Obama's fat surgeon general has some tough questions to answer

    07/24/2009 3:44:10 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 22 replies · 1,106+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | July 22, 2009 | Damian Thompson
    A friend just called from America to talk about Obama’s appointment of a fat woman, Dr Regina Benjamin, as surgeon general. “I guess I can’t use the phrase ‘elephant in the room’, but this raises some very, very delicate issues,” she said. As Alex Spillius reports, America’s new top doctor has been strongly criticised by health lobbyists for her weight. But my American friend has noticed that some people are already making a connection between Dr Benjamin’s embarrassing weight problem and the fact that she’s African-American. They should be careful. You see, while the obesity of poor whites and red-state...
  • Critics Slam Overweight Surgeon General Pick, Regina Benjamin

    07/21/2009 2:01:19 PM PDT · by kellynla · 78 replies · 7,327+ views ^ | July 21, 2009 | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Obama's pick for the next surgeon general, was hailed as a MacArthur Grant genius who had championed the poor at a medical clinic she set up in Katrina-ravaged Alabama. But the full-figured African-American nominee is also under fire for being overweight in a nation where 34 percent of all Americans aged 20 and over are obese. Critics and supporters across the blogsphere have commented on photos of Benjamin's round cheeks, saying she sends the wrong message as the public face of America's health initiatives. But others support the 52-year-old founder and CEO of Bayou La Batre...
  • Surgeon General Pick's Stance on Abortion May Clash With Church's

    07/18/2009 9:33:12 AM PDT · by bdeaner · 15 replies · 687+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/09 | Cheryl W. Thompson
    Regina M. Benjamin grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and attended a Catholic elementary school in her home town of Daphne, Ala., nestled along the Gulf Coast. Benjamin, President Obama's pick to be surgeon general, attends Mass regularly and has received an award from Pope Benedict XVI and another inspired by Mother Teresa. But the Alabama country doctor also backs Obama's position on reproductive health issues, a position that potentially could put her at odds with the Catholic Church.
  • White House: New Catholic Surgeon General Supports Obama Abortion Agenda

    07/16/2009 7:47:08 AM PDT · by topher · 41 replies · 1,659+ views -- Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost ^ | Wednesday July 15, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Wednesday July 15, 2009 White House: New Catholic Surgeon General Supports Obama Abortion Agenda By Kathleen GilbertWASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2009 ( - A White House spokesman appears to have settled confusion on the position of Surgeon General nominee Dr. Regina Benjamin by saying that the doctor, though widely considered a devout Roman Catholic, supports President Obama's agenda on abortion.White House spokesman Reid Cherlin said in a Miami Herald report yesterday that Benjamin "supports the president's position on reproductive health issues." Earlier this year Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explicitly confirmed that for the Obama administration the term "reproductive health" includes abortion....
  • White House: Like Obama, Surgeon General Nominee Benjamin Pro-Abortion

    07/15/2009 9:04:24 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 477+ views ^ | July 15, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    White House: Like Obama, Surgeon General Nominee Benjamin Pro-Abortion Washington, DC -- White House officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General may be a Catholic, but agrees with his pro-abortion position. Regina Benjamin is a well-regarded Alabama physician who has been honored by the Catholic Church for helping poor residents of her state.
  • New surgeon general nominee is a CHA board member

    07/13/2009 1:09:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1,495+ views
    cns ^ | July 13, 2009
    Dr. Regina Benjamin poses for a portrait in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., last September. (CNS/courtesy MacArthur Foundation) Dr. Regina Benjamin, a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association, is being nominated as surgeon general this morning.We had this story on Benjamin last fall, when she received a MacArthur fellowship for her work with medical clinics in poverty-stricken areas of Alabama.Benjamin did her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans and in a 2005 speech she talked about the Catholic parish she grew up in, and how her...
  • Obama Surgeon General Pick Regina Benjamin Wanted Docs to Learn Abortions

    07/13/2009 11:45:07 AM PDT · by julieee · 50 replies · 2,445+ views ^ | July 13, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Surgeon General Pick Regina Benjamin Wanted Docs to Learn Abortions Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama named Alabama physician Regina Benjamin as the next Surgeon General of the United States. Benjamin is an African-American doctor who is known for rebuilding her medical clinic after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and then ravaged by fire in 2006. However, Benjamin has also urged that future physicians be trained to learn how to perform abortions. See
  • Obama Taps 'Genius' Doctor, Katrina Victim for Surgeon General

    07/13/2009 10:09:09 AM PDT · by SandRat · 62 replies · 3,068+ views
    Regina Benjamin, the youngest doctor and first black woman admitted to the American Medical Association, is President Obama's pick to be surgeon general. ------ snip ------
  • Obama chooses Ala doctor as next surgeon general

    07/13/2009 9:20:53 AM PDT · by kenth · 38 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP, Yahoo News ^ | 07/13/2009 | Lauran Neergaard
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama turned to the Deep South for the next surgeon general, a rural Alabama family physician who made headlines with fierce determination to rebuild her nonprofit medical clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. An administration official said Obama will announce the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin later Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the official announcement.
  • Snyderman Auditioning For Surgeon General?

    04/27/2009 5:58:05 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies · 458+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With CNN’s Sanjay Gupta having taken himself out of the running, could NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman be positioning herself to be named Surgeon General in the Obama administration? Seriously. I ask because given the chance to question Janet Napolitano today, Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical correspondent, prefaced her inquiry with glowing praise for the Director of Homeland Security and the Obama admin at large. JOE SCARBOROUGH: Dr. Nancy Snyderman, do you have a question? View video here.
  • Dean under consideration for surgeon general: report

    03/06/2009 4:21:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 811+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 6, 2009
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Howard Dean, a practicing physician before entering politics, was under consideration by the Obama administration for the post of U.S. surgeon general, CNN reported Friday. Dean, who recently wrapped up a four-year term as Democratic Party chairman, has been a supporter of health reform, and has privately made clear that he is interested in the job, according to the cable network. CNN said two White House officials noted that, while it is too early to compile a list of candidates for surgeon general, they did not rule out Dean getting the job. "I would not dismiss it,"...
  • Dean under consideration for surgeon general: report (Yes-Howard Dean)

    03/06/2009 4:21:21 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 16 replies · 568+ views
    reuters ^ | 3-06-09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Howard Dean, a practicing physician before entering politics, was under consideration by the Obama administration for the post of U.S. surgeon general, CNN reported Friday. Dean, who recently wrapped up a four-year term as Democratic Party chairman, has been a supporter of health reform, and has privately made clear that he is interested in the job, according to the cable network.
  • Gupta opts out of surgeon general consideration

    03/05/2009 5:43:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies · 2,023+ views
    CNN ^ | Mar 5, 2009 | n/a
    CNN) -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, an administration official said Thursday. "Sanjay Gupta was under serious consideration for the job of surgeon general," the official said in an e-mail. "He has removed himself from consideration to focus more on his medical career and his family. We know he will continue to serve and educate the public through his work with media and in the medical arena." Sources said in January that Gupta met then-President-elect Obama in Chicago, Illinois, in November to discuss the post....
  • Sanjay Gupta Ops Out As Obama's Surgeon General

    03/05/2009 4:01:09 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 27 replies · 1,143+ views ^ | 03/05/2009 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, an administration official said Thursday. "Sanjay Gupta was under serious consideration for the job of surgeon general," the official said in an e-mail. "He has removed himself from consideration to focus more on his medical career and his family. We know he will continue to serve and educate the public through his work with media and in the medical arena."
  • Gupta Withdraws Name From Consideration for Surgeon General

    03/05/2009 3:14:45 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 50 replies · 1,375+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/5/09 | FoxNews
    CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has withdrawn his name from consideration for surgeon general, the network and the White House announced Thursday afternoon. The announcement comes after reported that Gupta had misgivings about the offer from President Obama and was expected to refuse the position. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said on air Thursday afternoon that Gupta decided that he wants to continue with his medical career and his job at the news network.
  • Dr. George Lundberg for Surgeon General (Gun grabber, Kinsey Institue friend)

    02/20/2009 11:37:37 AM PST · by 1010RD · 9 replies · 376+ views
    Consumer Health Digest ^ | 02/19/2009 | Stephen Barrett, M.D.
    I got this by email: Support grows for Dr. George Lundberg as Surgeon General. Many people believe that George D. Lundberg, M.D, Ph.D., is ideally qualified to be Surgeon General. Lundberg, an expert on medical ethics and the need for healthcare reform, edited the Journal of the American Medical Association for 17 years and the Medscape Journal of Medicine for 10 years. Coincident with his leaving the latter, the latter journal announced that it has stopped publishing new articles but will maintain free access to its archive. [Romain M and others. So long but not farewell: The Medscape Journal of...
  • Conyers hopes to block CNN’s Gupta[John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich)][Surgeon General]

    01/08/2009 12:25:21 PM PST · by BGHater · 43 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Hill ^ | 08 Jan 2009 | Molly K. Hooper
    Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) is leading an effort to remove CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta from consideration as the next U.S. surgeon general. The senior Democrat, a major proponent of universal healthcare, is infuriated that Gupta, who opposes such a plan, would be appointed by President-elect Obama to serve in the incoming administration. Conyers intended to call Obama directly Thursday afternoon to voice his concern. On Wednesday night, he sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to gather support for his cause.
  • Obama Flexes Centrist, Couch Potato Credentials in Surgeon General Pick

    01/06/2009 1:42:47 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 28 replies · 786+ views
    America Online ^ | 1/6/2009 | Dylan and Ethan Ris
    President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general to Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer.
  • CNN Medical Correspondent as Surgeon General?

    01/06/2009 2:06:42 PM PST · by clyde_m · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 6, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable news network said Tuesday. CNN said it has kept Gupta from reporting on health care policy and other matters involving the incoming Obama administration since learning he was under consideration for the post.
  • Obama Wants Journalist for Surgeon General[Sanjay Gupta M.D.]

    01/06/2009 11:52:26 AM PST · by BGHater · 197 replies · 4,381+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    President-elect Barack Obama has offered the job of surgeon general to Sanjay Gupta, the neurosurgeon and correspondent for CNN and CBS, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer. When reached for comment today, Gupta did not deny the account but declined to comment. The offer followed a two-hour Chicago meeting...
  • Obama's pal Eric Whitaker, his Tony Rezko tie

    12/23/2008 4:14:14 PM PST · by Shermy · 14 replies · 1,186+ views
    Dr. Eric Whitaker and Sen. Barack Obama go way back. Their friendship began when they were graduate students at Harvard University. Now, Whitaker is one of Obama's closest advisers. Whitaker, 43, of Chicago, often travels with the presidential hopeful on the campaign trail and has vacationed with him in Hawaii. There's talk Whitaker could be in line for a federal appointment if Obama becomes president. Five years ago, Obama, then an Illinois state senator, gave a "glowing'' reference for Whitaker to Tony Rezko, the now-convicted political fixer who helped Gov. Blagojevich find people to run state agencies. Blagojevich hired Whitaker...
  • Surgeon General Soft on Science

    07/26/2007 3:02:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 553+ views ^ | July 18, 2007 | Radley Balko
    In testimony before Congress last week, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona said that the Bush administration has an adversarial relationship with science. "Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is often ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Carmona said. "The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds." This is a common criticism of the Bush administration, made most thoroughly in journalist Chris Mooney's 2005 book, "The Republican War...
  • Holsinger's critics have a problem with his faith, says observer

    07/20/2007 4:01:28 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 236+ views ^ | July 18, 2007 | Allie Martin and Jody Brown
    An official with the Institute on Religion and Democracy says many critics of President Bush's nominee for surgeon general have no problem with his qualifications. Their main concern, says Mark Tooley, appears to be his faith. Recently, the first hearings were held concerning the president's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, Jr. The Kentucky cardiologist has come under fire by homosexual activist groups who have condemned him because he is president of the Judicial Council in the United Methodist denomination, which is the church's top court. One of those groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has attacked Holsinger for what...
  • Send the General Home - An unnecessary office.

    07/16/2007 7:52:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 549+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 16, 2007 | Tom McClusky
    July 16, 2007, 7:00 a.m. Send the General HomeAn unnecessary office. By Tom McClusky The House of Representatives held a hearing last week that included a number of former surgeon generals who are upset that they were forced to follow the orders of their presidential bosses. “The horror,” they (the gaggle of surgeon generals) collectively said, “That I had to follow the orders of the guy who gave me my job.” In response the equally horrified Democratic-controlled Congress wants to make the job more independent so as not to be constrained with silly things like following orders. “Just imagine,”...
  • Holsinger Holds Studiously Ambiguous Position on Homosexuality - Conservatives Disappointed

    07/13/2007 10:02:20 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 14 replies · 722+ views ^ | Friday July 13, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Media jumps to claim he has retracted his position - others suggest that is exaggeration By Elizabeth O'Brien WASHINGTON, DC, July 13, 2007 ( - During the Senate hearing yesterday, Surgeon General nominee Dr. James Holsinger Jr. remained studiously ambiguous on the issue of homosexuality. Meanwhile, the mainstream media has been clamoring that he has positively retracted his former views to now favor homosexuality. Matt Barber, Policy Director for Cultural Issues of Concerned Women of America (CWA), reported that during the meeting, Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy began by slamming Dr. Holsinger for his Christian faith and the paper he wrote...