Saturday, February 26, 2005

Halliburton granted a $9 million performance bonus

AM Feed -- February 25, 2005
American Family Voices
Hot Topics
* Halliburton was recently granted a $9 million performance bonus by the Army. "Instead of withholding payments as the auditors recommended, the administration is showering Halliburton with million in bonuses," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). [link]
* The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently voted to allow controversial COX-2 drugs like Vioxx and Bextra to remain on the shelves, even as the medical community protested. Now it's been revealed that 10 of the 32 government drug advisers who voted on the matter had consulting ties to the drugs' manufacturers. Not surprisingly, they voted 9 to 1 to return Vioxx to the shelves and keep Bextra on the market. [link]
* A new group opposing President Bush's Social Security hijinks called Americans United to Protect Social Security has been formed, and it has a planned budget of between $25-$50 million. About 200 organizations will coordinate with the group, and Democratic lawmakers have pledged to help raise money. [link]
Who Says That?
"I'll ram my fist up your a**." – Colorado State Rep. Bill Cadman (R), to Democratic colleague Rep. Val Vigil, on the floor of the Colorado House.
Morning Snark
* Somewhere, between the Halliburton news and the spread of legislative profanity, Vice President Cheney is smiling. (Smirking, we mean smirking.)
* A $9 million performance bonus? Looks like Christmas came early for Halliburton. Or is it late? Who are we kidding – it's both.
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