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March 10th, 2008
10:50 AM ET

Whistleblower feeling the heat

Like any whistleblower, Chris DeRosa is feeling the heat.

He fears that his long career at the CDC will be over and his reputation damaged. But he tells me that he is compelled to take the risk because of his commitment to protecting public health.

If DeRosa's name sounds familiar that's because he is the same government scientist who blew the whistle on dangerous levels if formaldehyde in FEMA trailers.
 
He's a soft spoken ex-department head at the CDC who seems more comfortable discussing epidemiology than politics. But this time DeRosa believes he is fighting a political agenda that is at odds with his mission of protecting pubic health.

He believes his agency in the CDC is suppressing a report on pollution and disease around the Great Lakes because it could lead to lawsuits against polluters.

But the CDC says DeRosa may have made mistakes in the seven years it took for him to put the report together. The agency says it needs more time to make sure his methods were scientifically sound and the report that was supposed to go public last summer remains under review.

In the meantime, Congress and the scientific community are watching and raising their own questions while DeRosa remains on the hot seat.

Will he be vindicated or will his career as a protector of public health be over?

– David Mattingly, 360° Correspondent

Program note: David's report is part of our "Planet in Peril" series tonight on the second hour of 360° at 11p ET. 


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March 10th, 2008
05:50 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning folks!! Happy Monday. It was tough getting up this morning, turning the clocks ahead this weekend just killed me!!! Anyway...there are lots of headlines to chew over this morning, so I won't bore you with the details...grab your coffee and lets get right to the Morning Buzz...

Top Stories
Perscription drugs found in water...
A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Senate intelligence report on Iraq war buildup...
After an acrimonious investigation that spanned four years, the Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a detailed critique of the Bush administration's claims in the buildup to war with Iraq, congressional officials said.

Iraq suicide bomber said to have killed Sheik...
A female suicide bomber killed the head of a local security group northeast of Baghdad on Monday, the targeted leader's brother and a provincial police official said. A child and a security guard were also killed.

Midwest storm roars east...
Highway and utility crews worked overtime Sunday to recover from the huge storm that buried Ohio and other parts of the Midwest in snow and tore down power lines elsewhere.

Raw Politics
Democrats inch towards Florida-Michigan compromise...
What a mess this Michigan-Florida business has made for the Democrats! But signs began to emerge today from several directions that some kind of bi-state compromise might be emerging.

2 Clinton supports offer way to hold Florida-Michigan primaries...
Two of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest supporters, who are also two of the Democratic Party's most successful fund-raisers, have offered to help raise millions of dollars to stage new primaries in Florida and Michigan.

Super delegates' choice may hinge on electibility...
Barack Obama says he's won more states, Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's won bigger states, and both say their primary-season performance makes them the more electable Democratic presidential nominee.

Obama Pastors' sermons may violate tax law...
On Christmas morning, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. compared presidential candidate Barack Obama's impoverished childhood to Jesus Christ's. "Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people," he then trumpeted. "Hillary [Clinton] can never know that."

Girl in Clinton's "3 am" ad backs Obama...
Casey Knowles didn't much like a recent campaign commercial for Hillary Clinton - even though she's in it as a sleeping 8-year-old.

McCain can get angry from time to time...
Sen. John McCain, acknowledging that he has been "from time to time" at odds with his own party, says: "We have to I think re-energize the party, we have to expand the base, we have to appeal to the independents and we got to go out and get those Reagan Democrats and there’s a whole new generation of them, we got our work cut out for us."

Sniping by her aides hurts Clinton...
The morning after Senator Barack Obama shook the Clinton campaign by winning five contests in one weekend, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new campaign manager — Maggie Williams, who had taken over in a shake-up the night before — assembled the curious if demoralized staff.

McCain focuses on coffers...
Sewing up the Republican presidential nomination while the Democratic candidates continue to battle each other has given Senator John McCain a valuable commodity: time he can use to unite a fractured Republican Party, ramp up his lackluster fund-raising and transform his shoestring primary operation into a general election machine.

Democrats take Hastert seat...
Congressional Democrats on Sunday were celebrating an election victory that they said increased their confidence of holding the House in November and affirmed that party positions on the Iraq war and health care were resonating with voters.

Democrats down the road worry...
Suddenly the Democratic presidential race is teetering on the edge — not just between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but between boost or burden for the party’s hopes in the fall.

Clintons push a Hillary/Obama ticket...
Hillary and Bill Clinton are again teaming up on Barack Obama - this time saying the first-term U.S. lawmaker, whom they have derided as inexperienced, would be a strong running mate on a Democratic presidential ticket headed by the former first lady.

Crime & Punishment
Slain students mourned...
Heartbroken mourners searched soul and scripture Sunday to understand why someone would fatally shoot a popular University of North Carolina student body president and cut short a life with such promise.

Mother of suspect in Auburn slaying apologizes...
 In a television interview, the mother of a man charged in the murder of an Auburn University freshman repeatedly says she's sorry about the suffering the victim's family is enduring.

Keeping Them Honest
Where is Iraq oil $$$ going?
Two senators are asking congressional investigators to look at Iraq's oil revenues and see if the war-ravaged nation can pay for its own reconstruction, an effort that has been bankrolled to this point mostly by U.S. taxpayers.

New study: Iraq costs $12 billion  per month...
The flow of blood may be ebbing, but the flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the "burn" rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Australian magazine apologizes for Prince Harry leak...
An Australian magazine apologized Monday to readers and troops serving abroad for publishing a story revealing that Prince Harry was fighting with British troops in Afghanistan.


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