In the midst of the recent swine flu outbreak, you may have noticed that there has been no words of advice or even input from the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the head of the CDC, or the surgeon general. Well, that's because no one held those positions.
In the midst of the recent outbreak of swine flu, the U.S. government finally realized that those positions might exist for a reason. Early this morning at 6:30 AM, the Senate scheduled a morning debate and an afternoon vote to confirm Kathleen Sebelius, a two-term Democratic governor of Kansas, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Although she is expected to get the 60 votes needed to be confirmed, many Republican senators are lobbying against the candidate for her stance on abortion and the substantial donations she received from a late-term abortion doctor.
An interesting and completely unrelated tidbit about Governor Sebelius - she has a 30-year streak of annually attending the New Orleans' Jazz Fest. Thank you, Wikipedia!