Fact of the Week
Fact of the Week
House Majority Leader Dick Armey inserted several amendments into the House version of
the Homeland Security bill shortly before the bill passed the House by a wide margin
last week. Included in these amendments was a provision that would protect Eli Lilly
from lawsuits against its production of thimerosal, a mercuric preservative used
in childhood vaccines. A growing number of lawsuits allege a tie between thimerosal
and neurological damage in young children.
The most recent data from the Center for Responsive Politics show that Eli Lilly
gave more money to Republican congressional candidates—some $1.26 million—than
any other pharmaceutical firm.
Newsday, 16 November 2002;
Indianapolis Star, 16 November 2002;
Center for Responsive Politics.
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This Week's Links:
The Fifty-first State?: Going to war with Iraq would mean occupying Iraq,
perhaps for years or even decades (James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly).
No Time to Limit Bio-Weapons Treaty: Even though the time is ripe for strengthening
the international treaty to ban biological weaponry, the United States is keen
to subvert it (Editorial, Toronto Star).
At Least We'll Get a Few Laughs: The nitwits are in charge now, and smart Democrats
will play defense (Molly Ivins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).
How the Democrats Could Have Won: The Democrats could have won earlier this month
by embracing three simple ideas (Paul Glastris, The Washington Monthly).
The Agony of Defeat: The Democratic Party managed to lose in 2002 by becoming
its own worst enemy (David Moberg, In These Times).
Israel: Walled In, But Never Secure: Israel is erecting a wall that will dwarf
the Berlin Wall, but will likely make neither Israelis nor Palestinians secure
(Matthew Brubacher, Le Monde-Diplomatique).
Blair Has Not Been a Poodle, but Poodleism Still Beckons: Despite his affinity
with George Bush, Tony Blair has been one of the few people with leverage in Washington
who is not gung-ho for war (Hugo Young, The Guardian).
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