The International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to two Afghan representatives to observe the upcoming summer games in Sydney. After receiving the offer last week, Taliban officials claimed the invitation amounted to official recognition of its regime by the IOC. The IOC rescinded the offer on Aug. 24, saying the Taliban misinterpreted the offer—the invitation to observe the games was not intended as an official recognition of the terrorist Taliban regime. Afghanistan’s National Olympic Committee was suspended last October because of the Taliban’s decrees, including their ban on women athletes and their requirement that male athletes wear long beards.
Media Resources: Associated Press – August 24, 2000
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .