Katie Couric addresses complaints that she over-emphasized the rare serious risks of the HPV vaccine on her show. She argues that her intent was to inform the public. The bottom line, Couric had her two daughters vaccinated.
In October, Swiss voters submitted sufficient signatures to put an initiative on the ballot that would pay every citizen of Switzerland $2,800 per month, no strings attached. Similar efforts are under way throughout Europe. And there is growing talk of establishing a basic income for Americans as well. Interestingly, support comes mainly from those on the political right, including libertarians.
There is a remote possibility that House and Senate Democrats may be able to craft a bill that lowers cuts in the Food a Stamp Program. The cuts in the program would in essence be the result of an administrative fix. If the fix can be agreed, people would not lose current Food Stamp benefits. The negotiations are part of the discussions on the farm bill.
Obviously, the great limiting factor is the Republican Hose and Senate members. There would have to be enough Republican House votes to allow the bill to pass. There is a glimmer of hope that Food Stamp benefits would not suffer the expected loss associated with the previous Republican proposals.