The 2009 economic stimulus package has largely been a bust. However, one sector of the economy that should be seeing robust growth is the medical software industry because the stimulus law requires all Americans’ medical records to be stored electronically and made available in that form to all healthcare providers and, in some instances, to the federal government — all by 2014.

Tomorrow morning the Arizona Latino Republican Association will announce its intention to become the first Hispanic organization in the country to declare its support for the new Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070, set to go into effect on July 29, by “filing a motion to intervene against the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration policy.”

Success or failure for a political lobbyist often comes down to access; without easy access to legislators, it is naturally much harder to apply the pressure to drive legislation in the desired direction. But lobbyists in Austin, Texas, may soon begin applying a variation on Chairman Mao’s saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” — albeit not in the way the Marxist dictator had in mind.

“And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many.”
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the 1952 Republican National Convention

Researchers in Sri Lanka have found what they say is a link between abortion and breast cancer. According to the study conducted by scientists at the University of Colombo, having an abortion can triple a woman’s risk of the disease, and, in fact, abortion is the greatest reported risk factor associated with breast cancer. The latest study is the fourth in the last 14 months to show such a link, following similar findings by researchers in China, Turkey, and the United States.