Monday, May 20, 2013

Quote of the Week - President Obama

"We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his 2013 State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger."

In the world today what we say often comes back to haunt us.

President Obama also optimistically referred to neuroscience as having a payback to the American economy. He said: "Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy -- every dollar," he said. "Today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer's. They're developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation."

Most neuroscientists are not so optimistic.

Politics News Alert - Monday, May 20, 2013

White House officials knew about IRS probe but did not tell Obama, Carney says

Senior White House officials, including Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough, learned last month about a review by the Treasury Department’s inspector general into whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, but they did not inform President Obama, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

The White House had previously said that counsel Kathryn Ruemmler did not learn about the investigation until the week of April 22nd, but it made no mention that McDonough and other White House aides had been informed. On Monday, Carney said the chief of staff and other aides learned of the investigation the week of April 16. From here.

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