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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember — or longer, at least, than he'd like to remember. He is the author of three books, including, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?—How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

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The Health Care Law — Look Who’s Talking

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe public’s most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, as many Americans know it — aren’t necessarily the ones they’re most likely to be hearing from. This from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which also tells us that lots of Americans — 44 percent of those surveyed — are confused about the health care law, with 31 percent unsure whether it is the law, 8 percent thinking that it has been repealed and another …

State Pensions — A Loophole for Lobbyists

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn many places you can get a state government pension without even working for the state government. The Associated Press reports that lobbyists in at least 20 states are entitled to public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards. In many cases, they also get state health care benefits. Take Stephen Acquario, the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. He makes $204,000 a year ($25,000 more than the governor) and has perks, …

Richard Nixon’s Last Epithet

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs the Senate Watergate Committee was turning up the heat on President Richard M. Nixon and his closest associates in 1973, chairman Sam Ervin, a North Carolina Democrat, became something of a national folk hero. At his death in 1985, one newspaper remembered him as “a latter-day Diogenes bent on finding the truth in an era of Watergate lies.” But to Nixon, the courtly, 76-year-old Ervin was something else altogether. “The president of the United States can’t be kicked around …

‘Headless’ Headline Writer Axed by NY Post

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayCiting budget cutbacks, the New York Post has axed Vincent A. Musetto, the journalist widely credited with writing one of the greatest tabloid headlines of all time (“HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR”), dropping him from his most recent assignment as a film critic. “After 40 years at the Post, during which I wrote ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar,’ it has come to this,” Musetto said in an e-mail to his colleagues. Musetto was running the paper’s newsroom in 1983 when …

Golfer Shoots Back-to-Back Holes-in-One

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin TodayMost of us — well, at least the golfers among us — can only dream of hitting a hole-in-one. Actuaries tell us that the odds of an amateur golfer making a hole-in-one on a par 3 are approximately 12,500 to 1. The feat seems so elusively luck-laden. I say this with some authority: You’ll see my name on a plaque memorializing holes-in-one at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Clifton, Va., and mine was a totally mis-hit eight-iron shot that had …

In Banking, Americans Lean Local

Posted on 07/26/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsI won’t tell you the name of my bank, but I will tell you this: it’s the oldest in the state; it didn’t use account numbers until the Federal Reserve forced it to; it has 25 branches, all within easy driving distance of one another; and every employee at the branch I use — from manager to teller — knows me by name. Not only that, the tellers all have baskets of lollipops and bags of dog biscuits at the …