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U.S. government conducted shocking medical experiments

Shocking as it may seem, U.S. government doctors once thought it was fine to experiment on disabled people and prison inmates. Such experiments included giving hepatitis to mental patients in Connecticut, squirting a pandemic flu virus up the noses of prisoners in Maryland, and injecting cancer cells into chronically ill people at a New York hospital. Much of this horrific history is 40 to 80 years old, but it is the backdrop for a meeting in Washington this week by a presidential bioethics commission. The meeting was triggered by the government’s apology last fall for federal doctors infecting prisoners and
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Walker says Wisconsin protests haven’t changed his mind

  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the two weeks of protests in the state capital haven’t swayed his resolve to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Leaders of Wisconsin’s largest public workers’ unions have capitulated to Walker’s demands for their members to cover more of their pension and health care benefits to help close Wisconsin’s budget deficit. But Walker said Sunday on NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that stripping the workers of collective bargaining rights is necessary to give the state the flexibility to get its finances in order. Democratic and union leaders say the attack on collective bargaining
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State employee unions? Not in a lot of states

Whenever Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has asked lawmakers to weaken benefits for state employees, his proposals have met little resistance from workers. Mississippi is among those states — many in the South — where most government employees do not have the right to collective bargaining, the benefit that has caused a political upheaval in Wisconsin and has become a national flashpoint for those who argue that public employee benefits are too generous. Those states provide a snapshot of what life is like for government employees who do not have the same union clout that workers in Wisconsin and some other
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As usual, rhetoric overwhelms facts in Wisconsin debate

The facts have been overshadowed by rhetoric at the Wisconsin Capitol, where protesters and politicians have been engaged in a tense standoff over the governor’s proposal to strip most public employees of their collective-bargaining rights. Gov. Scott Walker insists the state is broke and must make drastic spending cuts. Unions believe Republican leaders are trying to wipe them out. Two weeks into the debate, The Associated Press assessed the claims in an effort to shed light on what’s at stake. Walker says his plan is needed to ease a deficit that is projected to hit $137 million by July and
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