12:55 PM, Jan 15, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House says President Obama signed a presidential memo "directing agencies to allow federal workers to take six weeks of advanced paid sick leave to care for a new child, ill family members, and for other sick leave-eligible uses."
The White House elaborates, "This will allow mothers the opportunity to recuperate after child birth, even if they have not yet accrued enough sick leave and without forcing them to use their accrued vacation leave. It will also allow spouses and partners to care for mothers during their recuperation periods and will allow both parents to attend proceedings relating to the adoption of a child. Advanced annual leave is to be made available to employees for placement of a foster child in their home. Finally, the Presidential Memorandum directs agencies to consider a benefit some agencies already offer—help finding, and in some cases providing, emergency backup care for children, seniors, and adults with disabilities that parents can use when they need to go to work but their regular care is not available. Some agencies provide this benefit through their Employee Assistance Program, and it can help parents with a temporary need for safe care for their children."
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In 1853 Czar Nicholas I, in a conversation with the British ambassador, reportedly coined the phrase “sick man of Europe” to describe the decaying Ottoman Empire. The corrupt and debt-ridden Ottomans soon dragged England, France, and Russia into conflict in Crimea, just as the czar had feared. The slow, painful demise of the Ottoman Empire then involved the great European powers in a series of Balkan crises, culminating in the 1914 assassination in Sarajevo that triggered World War I.
But the president insisted that he has no "philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban."8:10 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the proposal to institute a travel ban to protect America from the grown Ebola crisis, but suggested he wasn't in favor of it because it might make Americans less safe:
7:39 AM, Oct 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Ebola outbreak has grabbed the attention of the country if not the world in recent days, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is also concerned about a more mundane, but still potentially deadly problem: the flu. Thursday, the ag
7:42 AM, Sep 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama visited sick children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she complained about living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and being married to the president of the United States. She made the comments in response to being asked about her "favorite part about being in the White House."
9:01 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama addresses the "people of West Africa" in a video posted Tuesday by the U.S.
11:16 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Washington state, some sick kids have been denied specialty care due to Obamacare, a local news outlet reports:
4:59 PM, Dec 31, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton's doctors released the following statement saying that she has a blood clot in her head, "in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear."
Here's the full statement:
9:37 AM, Dec 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
On December 15, the day after the day after the shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, State Department officials notified the press that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had fallen ill. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," deputy assistant secretary Philippe Reines said in a statement to the press.
Since then, Clinton does not appear to have been sighted in public.
1:36 PM, Dec 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will "work from home next week" after becoming dehydrated and fainting, State Department deputy assistant secretary Philippe Reines says in a statement.
12:38 PM, Dec 11, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a candlelight vigil for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Bolivia, actor Sean Penn offered great praise for the sick strongman:
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