Links from the Times: Bachmann in Florida; Bishop Lynch's Mass; prescriptions in foster care
Michele Bachmann: The candidate popped unexpectedly into South Florida on Thursday and started throwing haymakers at Republican presidential frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Red Mass: Bishop Robert Lynch, leader of nearly a half-million Tampa Bay Catholics, surprised two dozen judges and 300 lawyers Wednesday by promising to thwart the federal health care law. It was a departure from his traditional homilies on the virtues of judicial wisdom. The bishop posted the text of his remarks on his blog, here. See a video from the Mass here.
Children's prescriptions: Foster children in the five states the GAO analyzed were prescribed psychotropic drugs at higher rates than nonfoster children in Medicaid during 2008. In 2007, the Times reported that the number of Florida children prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs — a class of psychotropics —had increased some 250 percent in the previous seven years. In 2006, more than 18,000 state kids on Medicaid were given prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs. Read the previous story here and the GAO report here.