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Compassion cuts

HIV/AIDS | House spending bill includes deep cuts to President Bush's AIDS initiative in Africa
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/17/11, 11:09 pm

WASHINGTON-The U.S. House of Representatives was on the verge of passing a spending bill Thursday that covers the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, until September, and includes $61 billion in cuts. The House snipped $783 million from the State Department's budget for global health-about a 10 percent reduction from the 2010 budget. A large chunk of that budget includes the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush's 2003 initiative to fight the disease in Africa-it will lose $363 million.

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Resolving to lose weight

by Marcia Segelstein
Posted 12/31/10, 02:59 pm

Making a New Year's resolution to lose weight has become a cliché-not that there's anything wrong with wanting to be a healthy weight. But when the government resolves to make us-or more specifically our children-lose weight, that is a problem.

First lady Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity her cause. Who could object to that? People in favor of overweight children? Or maybe people who believe that government-as-nanny hasn't worked in the past and won't work in this case either.

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She told us so

by Cal Thomas
Posted 12/30/10, 03:11 pm

Sarah Palin deserves an apology. When she said that the new healthcare law would lead to "death panels" deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.

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