Another Cain Accuser Speaks Up

A fourth Herman Cain sexual harassment accuser came forth on Monday, detailing an instance during which the GOP candidate tried to grope her in exchange for employment.

Sharon Bialek, who worked for Cain at the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s, according to The Washington Post, gave a press conference detailing the Presidential candidate’s actions during a 1997 evening meeting between the two.

The woman said that after losing her position she sought advice from Cain, whom she had met on several occasions during professional events while working for the National Restaurant Association.

The controversial meeting occurred when she traveled from out of town to have dinner with Cain. She alleges that he upgraded her hotel room without her knowledge; and, when they were in the car, he attempted to put his hand up her skirt and force her face toward his genitals.

After telling Cain that she wanted no part of his advances, he allegedly said, “You want a job, right?”

At least one of Cain’s other three accusers have said that Bialek’s story sounds very similar to her own.

The Cain campaign denied Bialek’s allegations.

Parents Drug Infants For Spitting Up

Parents are increasingly likely to put their newborn children on drugs that keep them from spitting up when they cry.

According to NPR, research indicates that between 2002 and 2009, parents of infants became 16 times more likely to ask their pediatrician for drugs, like the acid-reflux drug Prevacid®, to keep their babies from spitting up as often.

According to the article, the drugs have not been approved for infant use, but doctors are increasingly providing prescriptions off-label for them.

“The great majority of infants spit up and cry,” pediatrician Eric Hassall told NPR. “But very, very few of them actually have reflux disease and deserve medication.”

The consensus among medical professionals is that fussy babies who spit up often can be treated in the same ways that they have for hundreds of years: by changing the child’s diet.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has limited data about the long-term effects of medicating infants with these drugs, though some reports show increased intestinal problems and risk of pneumonia.

Environmentalists Push Obama To Kill Job Creator

Heading into an election season, President Barack Obama is looking at some tough choices regarding the Keystone pipeline that TransCanada Corp. wants to construct from Alberta to Texas.

The $13 billion Keystone pipeline system will link a secure and growing supply of Canadian crude oil with the largest refining markets in the United States, and experts say it will significantly improve North American security supply. The 1,661-mile, 36-inch diameter proposed pipeline has angered environmentalists, a key portion of the Obama electorate.

The Obama Administration is facing criticism from two sections of its base as the decision looms. Union supporters say that the pipeline project will be a definite job creator during a time at which increasing the number of jobs is a key issue for all elected officials. Environmentalists, however, say that the practices involved in building the pipeline and extracting the oil will impact global warming.

A protest against the pipeline took place at the White House on Sunday, with environmental activists forming a human chain around the Presidential home, according to the Los Angeles Times. The activists have promised to cut Obama campaign contributions if he allows the project to begin.

The most recent reports indicate that the President’s State Department may try to postpone the decision until after elections, an idea that TransCanada dislikes.

Drug Company To Pay $3 Billion Settlement For Bogus Marketing

A U.K. drug company has agreed to pay $3 billion to end U.S. criminal and civil investigations into whether it marketed drugs for unapproved uses and other matters.

The company, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, was being probed  for its sales and marketing practices for drugs including the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin, according to The Associated Press. The company was also facing questions about its development and marketing of a diabetes drug called Avandia, which has been withdrawn from the European market and limited in the United States because of increased heart attack risks.

An investigation was begun by the U.S. Attorney’s office of Colorado in 2004 and later taken over by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts into whether the company was promoting drugs for unapproved uses, and influencing doctors to prescribe them.

The Justice Department also launched investigations into possible inappropriate use of the nominal price exception under the Medicaid Rebate Program, according to The Washington Post.

The $3 billion settlement, which Glaxo says will be paid with its “cash resources,” will be the largest pharmaceutical marketing settlement in U.S. history.

Anti-Abortion Movement Changes, Strengthens

The face of the anti-abortion movement has changed in recent years, shifting from the evangelical preachers of the past to today’s increasingly common young, female anti-abortion activist.

Groups like Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, Students for Life and Susan B. Anthony List have grown increasingly popular in recent years and put a more feminine face on the abortion debate, says a recent article published by The Washington Post.

The significance of the shift, the article says, is a major change in the way abortion is discussed. The traditional anti-abortion mantra was often rooted in religious value and rights of the fetus — but that made it difficult for those against the practice to defend themselves in arguments from the other side that poor, single mothers-to-be should have the “choice” to terminate their pregnancies for the sake of the child’s and the mother’s quality of life.

Now, with women at the forefront of the abortion debate, the word “choice” may effectively be taken from the left as many of these women demonstrate their choice by example, choosing to have the children and accept difficulties, according to the report.

The article reports that in recent years, the changing anti-abortion movement has made great strides in getting tough abortion rules passed in cities and States throughout the country. The ultimate goal remains overturning Roe v. Wade.

Conservative Protesters: Restore The Constitutional Republic

A group touting the motto “the time for change has passed” has planned a peaceful protest on Veteran’s Day to demand the resignation of President Barack Obama and various members of his Administration.

The group, citing various assaults on the United States Constitution by Obama’s Administration, is calling for government officials, veterans and all citizens who desire freedom and liberty to join in their nationwide call to action. Among the key issues planned to be brought up in the protest is whether the President is even legally eligible to hold his position because of questions about his birthplace and his father’s.

A portion of the group’s 15 page Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic reads: “During the last three years, the current administration has committed the most egregious offenses against the people, the states and the Constitution, since the founding of our country and today, they operate as a virtual dictatorship, against the governed, beyond the scope and authority the people granted them in the Constitution and at odds with the will of the vast majority of American citizens.”

The organizing groups of the protest include the Veteran Defenders of America and its parent organization, The United States Patriots Union.

Canada Free Press reported that this protest will be one vastly comprised of everyday Americans fed up with government’s repeated abuse of power.

Oakland Property Owner ‘Racks’ Shotgun, Deters Occupy Vandals

An Oakland, Calif., developer, fed up with the antics of Occupy protesters trying to break into the building where his office is located during riotous moments late last Wednesday, walked outside with a loaded shotgun to discourage the vandals.

Phil Tagami, who recently oversaw a $50 million renovation project on the office building, said he is tired of watching the so-called peaceful protesters destroy property and the town’s image and was unwilling to allow them to break into his building, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it — I didn’t point it — I just held it in my hands,” Tagami said. “And I just racked it, and they ran.”

The protesters did several thousand dollars in damage throughout the city when things turned violent last week, according to officials. The Occupy movement contends that the violent protesters are “on the fringe” of the 99 percent, and do not represent the group. Tagami disagrees.

“We’re very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any repercussions,” he said. “They need to be held accountable.”

Armed citizens willing to protect their property may be what keeps violent, destructive riots like what transpired in England earlier this year from occurring in the United States. When social unrest erupted in England, panicked citizens purchased baseball bats and clubs by the thousands because strict gun laws make it difficult for them to own firearms.

Paul: Fed On The Defensive

GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul, speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday, said that his message against the Federal Reserve’s constant manipulation of the United States’ monetary system is beginning to resonate with the American public.

“Just think of the success with the Federal Reserve. Bernanke has to go before the people at press conferences. I mean, they’re on the defensive now,” he said. “Sixty-five percent of the American people say ‘we need to know how they’re passing out this credit.’ Fifteen trillion dollars worth of credit, they’re bigger than the Congress — $5 trillion went to foreigners.”

Paul said that voters are coming his way because times have changed. He cited dramatic differences in the way the country operates now and how it did four years ago.

When asked why Herman Cain was leading in the polls, Paul said that media coverage has everything to do with a candidate’s popularity.  Paul called the media’s ignorance of his own campaign a product of his revolutionary ideas.

“I’m attacking the status quo like never before,” he said. “I mean the whole entitlement system, and I think there’s a whole lot of support out there for what I’m talking about and they realize that and they’re not going to give me a boost because I’m challenging the whole banking system, the military industrial complex, the welfare state, our foreign policy. I want to go back to following strictly the Constitution.”

Paul also said that if the United States doesn’t change its foreign policy, the country is “doomed” because the United States is following the same path that the Soviet Union did.

Defense Department To Justify Spending By ‘Mapping’ Military-Industrial Complex

The Department of Defense, wary of a possible $600 billion cut that could take place under the Budget Control Act, is working to map spending trends throughout the United States’ vast military-industrial complex.

The default cut will kick in if the Congressional supercommittee is unable to pinpoint $1.5 trillion in Federal spending cuts by Nov. 23.

“Cuts of this magnitude would be catastrophic to the military,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno has told House members. “In the case of the Army, it would significantly reduce our capability and capacity to assure our partners abroad, respond to crisis and deter our adversaries while threatening the readiness and potentially the all-volunteer force.”

The Defense Department is working in various ways to validate its massive expenditures and stave off cuts to its budget. Focusing on the massive amounts of money that the department pays out to its industrial base, Defense officials are attempting to map just how and where dollars are spent.

Brett Lambert, deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, saying the military’s industrial base includes companies of all shapes and sizes, from garage start-ups to some of the world’s largest public companies. He added that most of the companies patronized by the military have little or no direct involvement with defense, but act instead as suppliers.

Lambert said that the Defense Department is doing everything it can to ensure that it is only paying reasonable prices and receiving optimal service from industrial base companies. As cuts loom, he says the department will work to find out exactly where each dollar goes and eliminate some “soda-straw visibility” in defense spending.

“In the high-budget environments of the past, many companies have grown to expect high [profit] margins, independent of quality,” he said. “As budgets shrink, this practice must end. As the budget environment changes, we do expect some niche firms to face difficulty due to decreased demand.”

The Defense Department also says that it is doing everything it can to include more small businesses in its industrial base.

The Defense Department has spent nearly $8 trillion on national security since 2001.

Khamenei: U.S. Is a Terrorist Nation

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this week that Iran has 100 documents that prove the United States is behind a “curtain of terror” in his country.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili is due to release a number of the documents detailing alleged U.S. involvement in acts of terror against the Islamic Republic today, according to Iranian state news agency Press TV.

Iranian officials reportedly claim that once Tehran publicizes the evidence in its possession, the United States’ government will be toppled from within by Americans united against the acts of terror.

“America tried to exert pressure on Iran and rescue itself from the Wall Street movement and its problems by the absurd terrorist scenario,” Khamenei said, referring to an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador on American soil. “The course of events have changed in the world and by the grace of God the fight of virtue, with the pioneering of Iran, has started against the pharaoh of hegemony and will continue to its final collapse.”

The comments come as President Barack Obama continues to call for tighter sanctions on Iran and not ruling out military action against the country, according to Reuters.

Republicans Subpoena White House On Solyndra

Despite an evasive White House and strong Democratic opposition, Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel issued subpoenas Thursday for internal White House communications related to a half-billion dollar taxpayer loan guarantee for the failed solar company Solyndra.

According to The Washington Post, the move came after White House officials attempted to avoid subpoenas by voluntarily offering several boxes of emails and other documents related to Solyndra earlier this week.

Many Republicans, skeptical that President Barack Obama may have issued loans to the company to benefit political supporters, say the subpoena is necessary because the long-running investigation has yielded little information as to why the company was provided the loans despite poor performance.

Democrats complained that the broad language of the subpoena might allow Republicans access to the contents of messages from the President’s personal BlackBerry, according to the article.

Department of Energy officials denied any political motive, saying the loan was approved on its merits and that it made sense at the time it was made.

“We’d like to see as much passion in House Republicans for creating jobs as we see in this investigation. The White House has been clear with the committee that we are willing to cooperate with legitimate oversight requests that are tailored to balance the important institutional interests of both branches. We are disappointed that the committee has refused to discuss their requests with us in good faith, and has instead chosen a partisan route, proceeding with subpoenas that are unprecedented and unwarranted,” said a White House spokesman.

House Reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’

Last December, Representative Randy Forbes (R-Va.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama correcting the President’s assertion that “E pluribus unum” — the Latin phrase meaning “from many, one” — was the national motto of the United States in a speech at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A portion of the letter reads:

E pluribus unum is not our national motto. In 1956, Congress passed and President Eisenhower approved the law establishing ‘In God We Trust’ as the official national motto of the United States. This motto is also referenced in our national anthem and is engraved on our currency.”

The conflict encouraged Forbes to introduce a House bill that would reaffirm that “In God We Trust” is, indeed, the national motto. On Tuesday, the bill was approved 396-9, with two abstentions, according to The Associated Press.

Representative Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called the bill a “distraction from the nation’s real problems,” but Forbes said the reaffirmation is a fight against a “growing and disturbing pattern of inaccuracy and omissions regarding the motto” and a protection to the country’s history. He said that the Capitol Visitor Center opened in 2008 was “sanitized of any reference to our nation’s motto” in a government effort to remove any mention of God from public domain.

According to The Hill, Obama ripped lawmakers later in the day for their decision to vote on the measure.

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Obama said during a speech about infrastructure. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people to work.”

Nurses Don’t Want To Be Abortionists

Twelve nurses represented by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) have sued a hospital operated by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) for requiring them to participate in abortions.

“Pro-life nurses shouldn’t be forced to assist in abortions against their beliefs,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “No less than 12 nurses have encountered threats to their jobs at this hospital ever since a policy change required them to participate in the abortions regardless of their religious objections. That is flatly illegal.”

Laws exist at both the Federal and State levels that give medical professionals the right to opt out of participation in abortions. The Federal law prohibits medical facilities that receive Federal funding from requiring employees to participate in the procedures—UMDNJ receives about $60 million in said funding each year, money the nurses are asking the court to revoke.

A September policy change at the hospital that requires same-day surgery nurses to participate in surgical abortions has resulted in threats to the jobs of nurses who have protested on grounds of religious belief. Hospital officials reportedly say UMDNJ has “no regard for religious beliefs.” In October, the hospital began training sessions that actually require assistance in surgical abortion for its nursing staff.

ADF attorneys are asking the court to issue an order that stops abortion training sessions while the lawsuit moves forward. If the order is not granted, the nurses will continue to be scheduled one by one to undergo the training and then to assist abortions on a regular basis.

ADF is involved in a similar lawsuit in New York against the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where a Catholic nurse protested required involvement in abortion procedures last year.

Some NYC Parents Hire Firms To Teach Children Basic Social Skills

A growing trend in New York City has some parents outsourcing the task of teaching their children social skills.

According to The Wall Street Journal,  companies like SocialSklz:-) — a company founded in 2009 to address deteriorating social skills in the age of iPhones, Twitter and Facebook friends — are being used to teach children how to communicate in ways that are not tech-oriented.

Among the skills that children may be taught by the firms are such basics as speaking naturally to other human beings, making phone calls to arrange dates and shaking hands. Another company called Little Givers, the article says, teaches children not only how to share but the principles of philanthropy.

According to the article, the necessity of teaching children how to be social in the real world and not just the tech world is in the numbers. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation last year found that children ages 8 to 18 devoted an average of seven hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media each day, and 66 percent owned cellphones that they seldom used to make actual calls but instead for gaming and social networking.

French Satire Magazine Attacked For Muhammad Cartoon

A French satirical publication called Charlie Hebdo was attacked by extremists with a firebomb pre-dawn Wednesday after publishing a cartoon depicting Muhammad saying “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.”

The attackers also hacked the publication’s website to post images of a mosque and the message “no god but Allah,” according to Reuters.

The publication which has published unholy illustrations of the Pope, Jesus Christ and various world religious and political figures has come under attack in the past. In 2006, the magazine published Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad with a bomb in his turban and one of him standing on a cloud, turning suicide bombers away from paradise saying, “Stop, stop, we ran out of virgins.” Islamic groups sued the publication in French court then, but lost.

The French Muslim Council (CFCM) condemned the Wednesday attack, but said the paper needs to cool its tone toward Muslims.

“The CFCM deplores the deeply mocking tone of the newspaper toward Islam and its prophet, but reaffirms with force its total opposition to any act or form of violence,” said a statement issued by the group.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said that the country will do everything it can to bring those responsible of the “incursion against press freedom” to justice.

Federal Reserve: Economic Growth Slower Than Expected

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee predicts the economy will grow just 1.6 to 1.7 percent in 2011 and estimates growth to be between 2.5 and 2.9 percent in 2012. Both estimates are lower than expected growth numbers released by the Fed over the summer.

The central bank expects unemployment of between 8.5 and 8.7 percent next year, not the drop in unemployment it had previously expected.

“Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee continues to expect a moderate pace of economic growth over coming quarters and consequently anticipates that the unemployment rate will decline only gradually toward levels that the Committee judges to be consistent with its dual mandate.” The Fed said in a release.

While the most recent information indicates that no immediate action will take place on the part of the Fed to stimulate markets, the option remains on the table in the form of stimulus and lowering interest rates.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said that he is dissatisfied with the slow economic growth and that criticism from Republicans, charging that further Fed action will send inflation soaring, was unsubstantiated, according to The Associated Press.

ILO Predicts Fewer Jobs, Worldwide Unrest

The International Labour Organization (ILO) released its “World of Work Report 2011” in which the organization predicts a growing global jobs recession and more social unrest.

According to information in the report, slow economic recovery has had a dramatic impact on labor markets, and current trends indicate that it will take at least five years to bring global employment levels to where they were before the financial crisis.

Of the 80 million jobs that the report says would need to be created in two years to bring global employment back to pre-crises levels, only half will become a reality.

The report blames the stifled global job growth on three issues: companies weakened by the recession, lack of international policy coordination to facilitate economic recovery and the unwillingness of many companies to take risky expansion measures in the current economy.

One result of the extremely slow economic recovery, the study says, will be increases in instances of worldwide social unrest because of the lack of jobs and anger over perceptions that the burden of the crisis is not being shared fairly.

 

U.S. Funds $20 Million Pakistani Sesame Street

At a cost of $20 million to the American taxpayer, U.S. officials have decided to create a version of Sesame Street for Pakistan in order to combat growing radicalization in the country.

The television show, which will feature a cast of Pakistani characters, is part of a broader commitment to provide the country $7.5 billion in foreign aid over five years, according to the Associated Press.

The show will feature a female character named Rani, who loves traditional Pakistani music, who is reportedly supposed to teach Pakistani children about sexual equality and the importance of female education in the male-dominated country.

Seventy-eight episodes will be aired in Pakistan’s national language, Urdu, over a three-year span, as well as 13 in each of the four main regional languages, Baluchi, Pashtu, Punjabi and Sindhi. The shows will appear on Pakistan state television.

The show will reportedly appear much like the American Sesame Street, though without Big Bird and other iconic cast members. Each episode will follow a similar format to its Western counterpart, but the Pakistani Sesame Street will reportedly focus much more on Mideastern themes.

Justice Department Attacks Another Immigration Law

The Administration of Barack Obama has added South Carolina to the list of States being sued by the Justice Department for immigration reform laws.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the decision to target the State in a Monday press release.

“Today’s lawsuit makes clear once again that the Justice Department will not hesitate to challenge a state’s immigration law, as we have in Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina, if we find that the law interferes with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration,” read a statement from Holder.

South Carolina officials said that if the Federal government were doing more to handle issues regarding illegal immigration, tough State-level legislation would not be necessary.

According to the release, the Justice Department is still reviewing immigration-related laws that were passed in Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Courts have blocked parts of the Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and Indiana State laws and temporarily restrained enforcement of Utah’s law.

The South Carolina reform required police officers to summon Federal immigration authorities if they suspect an arrested person is an illegal alien. The law also makes it a felony for people to use false identification documents for illegal immigrants, and for people to transport illegal immigrants.

Pundits Speculate Whether Perry Was Drunk, Drugged During Speech

Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry gave a speech in New Hampshire last Friday that pundits have described as being at times incoherent, over-the-top and bizarre; and the video is currently making its rounds on YouTube.

A giddy Perry spoke to an influential conservative group called Cornerstone in a flamboyant tone and acted as if he was privy to a secret that the rest of the audience was missing out on.  At one point, soliciting campaign contributions, the candidate suggested that donations be made in gold.

“Write your checks. Gold is good, if you’ve got any in the back yard, cause, you know, if they print any more money over there in Washington the gold’s gonna be good,” he said.

Some, like the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, have speculated whether Perry was drunk or drugged during his speech, or if he is unwittingly tiptoeing into Howard Dean “yeahwwwaaa” territory.

Perry also said that he loved the New Hampshire “live free or die” State slogan likening it to the Alamo war cry “victory or death.”

“You know we’re kind of into those slogans, man. It’s like, live free or die victory or death. Bring it!” The candidate shouted.

A Perry spokesman responded to inquiries about the candidate’s performance from the Huffington Post saying, “The Governor is passionate about the issues he talks about.”

Senate Approves $182 Billion Spending Bill

The Senate has approved a spending bill to the tune of $182 billion that lays out spending for some government agencies until September of next year.

The bill, which met Senate approval in a vote of 69-30, could also gain momentum in the House and avert a spending battle between lawmakers later this month, according to The Washington Post.

The bill is the compilation of three of the 12 separate appropriations bills that Congress was supposed to have adopted before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, though lawmakers had bought time until Nov. 18 to pass spending measures.

Lawmakers have outlined a plan to ensure that an agreement on spending is reached by the deadline. They hope to reach a quick agreement on the most important spending measures and keep other areas of the government operating under last year’s budget. This will reportedly give lawmakers more time to work out budget details.

Many House Republicans say despite what approach is taken to getting spending bills passed, they will oppose any measures that don’t further cut government. With some of the most expensive areas of government to be discussed, partisan fights are expected.

Iranian Foreign Minister: Americans Deficit In Rationality, Prudence

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticized the United States on Monday for its plans to reorganize the number of military troops in the Mideast following the Iraq withdrawal.

The criticism follows reports that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned countries in the region not to meddle in Iraqi affairs once the U.S. military presence there dwindles.

In order to deter any attempts by other Mideast nations to involve themselves in Iraqi affairs, the Administration of Barack Obama plans to extend ties with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, according to Xinhua.

“They are not following a rational and a prudent approach. The Americans always have a deficit, unfortunately, in rationality and prudence,” Salehi said at a press conference in Baghdad of the United States’ plans.

Salehi also dismissed warnings from Clinton and Panetta against Iranian interference in Iraq after U.S. forces leave.

“We have been used to such comments from the Americans for the past 30 years,” Salehi said. “Iraq does not need anybody to meddle into its internal affairs. Iraqis know better than anybody else how to run their country.”

Iraqi and Iranian foreign relations have improved in the years following the 2003 downfall of Saddam Hussein. U.S. officials fear that relations between the two countries could prove detrimental to Iraqi democracy.

Obama Issues Executive Order For Drug Shortages

President Barack Obama has taken steps to reduce shortages of prescription drugs needed to treat chronic conditions by issuing an executive order Monday that instructs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action.

According to Fox News, the FDA reported 178 drug shortages last year and an increase in shortages this year. Among the drugs that are most scarce are cancer drugs, anesthetics, drugs used in emergency medicine, and electrolytes needed for intravenous feeding.

The FDA blames the shortages on drug companies’ meddling in supply by discontinuing certain drugs to make room for newer, more profitable alternatives. It also cites manufacturing and quality problems as reasons for drug shortages. 

The most recent executive action comes just a week after Obama issued the order implementing the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and restructuring how students repay student loans without Congressional input. According to Fox, the President’s increasingly common use of the executive order is seen as a way to make him appear to be a counterbalance against Republicans in Congress who recently blocked his jobs proposal.