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“A sin­gle sen­a­tor—Christo­pher Bond, Repub­li­can of Mis­souri—is block­ing a bill that would en­sure a re­li­able sup­ply of med­i­cal iso­topes while re­duc­ing the risk of nu­clear ter­ror­ism. The Se­nate lead­er­ship needs to pry it loose. The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Iso­topes Pro­duc­tion Act has two sound ob­jec­tives. It seeks to cre­ate do­mes­tic ca­pa­bil­ity for mak­ing a ra­dioiso­tope, molyb­de­num-99. ... There are no re­ac­tors in this coun­try that make the iso­tope.” “If Rick Scott wants to run for gover­nor on his record as a busi­ness­man, he needs to make that record pub­lic. But the health­care ex­ec­u­tive has stub­bornly re­fused to an­swer spe­cific ques­tions about his role in a com­pany that paid a record $1.7 bil­lion fine for Medi­care fraud. Now he’s also re­fus­ing to dis­cuss re­cent al­le­ga­tions that an­other health­care com­pany he started also skirted the law. ... The first-time Repub­li­can can­di­date still doesn’t grasp a ba­sic tenet: The pub­lic has a right to know the pri­vate busi­ness deal­ings of peo­ple seek­ing high pub­lic of­fice— par­tic­u­larly when that is the only record upon which to eval­u­ate them.”

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