Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: Obama Decision Time On Afghanistan?

October 28, 2009

AFGHANISTAN/The latest violence in Afghanistan may raise the drumbeat in Washington for a decision from President Barack Obama on whether to send more U.S. forces.

The First Draft: Achoo

October 7, 2009

The U.S. government wants you to know the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe. FLU/VACCINE-USA

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blanketed morning television talk shows with basically the one message. “This definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show, urging the public to visit flu.gov.

from Maggie Fox:

Swine flu update

September 7, 2009

WHO has given up on trying to keep any kind of precise count on swine flu, which is just about everywhere now. It's fairly mild but hardly anyone has any immunity, so it will infect far more people than seasonal flu does in an average year. That may mean more serious cases and more deaths than usual, just by virtue of sheer numbers.

The First Draft: Will U.S. Ban Air Passengers with Swine Flu?

September 2, 2009

The answer is a resolute ‘no.’

Instead, the Obama administration hopes to combat infection aboard U.S. flights by encouraging hand-washing in the air. Dealing with sick passengers will be left to individual airlines, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. USA/

First draft: Storms trump flu

May 4, 2009

Flu mania seems to be winding down a bit. At least on the morning U.S. television talk shows CANADA/and the front pages of the major newspapers.

First Draft: Obama’s Day 101 to-do list — Chrysler, flu

April 30, 2009

OBAMA/On Obama Day 101, it’s all about Chrysler.

Unless it’s about swine flu.

Efforts at a last-minute rescue deal for Chrysler appeared to be dead ahead of a midnight Thursday deadline, with holdout creditors resistant to a debt forgiveness agreement and bankruptcy looming despite President Barack Obama’s statements of optimism at a Wednesday night news conference.

First Draft: Specter gives Obama anniversary gift

April 29, 2009

USA/

As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has a new reason to celebrate — the defection of a senior Republican to his Democratic party.

First Draft: Air Force One’s Big Apple photo op

April 28, 2009

USA-POLITICS/No matter what kind of day you’re having, it’s probably not as bad as the one Louis Caldera had yesterday. Caldera is director of the White House Military Office, and he approved what might well be one of the most criticized photo op choices of all time: a low-level flyover of Manhattan by a plane often used to transport the president as Air Force One.

First Draft: CDC’s Besser does “The Full Ginsburg”

April 27, 2009

FLU/USA-CASESDr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been everywhere in the media over the last several days, talking about swine flu. His calm demeanor and practical advice — cover your cough, wash your hands — showed up on every major television network this morning. It seemed like he was live, simultaneously, on several of them.