Help For Little Sarah Murnaghan
The U.S. health secretary said she won't intervene in an "incredibly agonizing" transplant decision about a dying Pennsylvania girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a congressional panel Tuesday that medical experts should make those decisions. However, relatives of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan said Sebelius' remarks confused them because they want a policy change for all pre-adolescent children awaiting lung transplants, not just Sarah. "I'm begging you. ... She has three to five weeks to live. Please suspend the rules," Rep. Lou Barletta urged Sebelius earlier this week. A federal judge yesterday ordered Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan to be moved to the adult lung transplant list, giving her a better chance of receiving a potentially life-saving transplant. Under current policy, only patients 12 or over can join the list. But Sarah's transplant doctors say she is medically eligible for an adult lung. The change would add perhaps 20 children from ages 8 to 11 to the adult waiting list, which has more than 1,600 people on it, according to Sharon Ruddock, Sarah's aunt. Congressmen Barletta and Meehan, who have been working tirelessly to help Sarah, joined Sean to discuss the case. To listen to this incredibly moving interview about Sarah Murnaghan please click here.
Bashir: "IRS Weapon Against Black President"
MSNBC is no stranger to outrageous comments, but something happened yesterday that went above its usual, liberal rhetoric. MSNBC host Martin Bashir suggested that talking about the IRS is a coded, derogatory term to oppose Barack Obama because he's black. Here are some of the more outrageous highlights from Bashir's rant...( more)
Big Brother: NSA Phone Records
Late last night we learned that Obama's National Security Agency has been collecting telephones records for millions of Verizon customers within the US. The Guardian, a UK publication, obtained a copy of the top secret order, which was issued in April of this year. According to the Guardian, the order "requires Verizon on an 'ongoing, daily basis' to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries." What this means is that the Obama administration is collecting data on innocent, law-abiding Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. The Obama administration has already tried to defend itself. An unnamed administration official says that the information is "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States." The bottom line is that the broad nature of Obama's order is astounding and it is the first time we have learned that this administ ration is engaged in the very practices that enraged liberals throughout the Bush administration. For a man who campaigned against warrant-less wiretaps, against ETI, and for the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the hypocrisy sure does seem apparent...( more)