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Tax­pay­ers could soon be foot­ing the bill for preg­nant women who can’t quit smok­ing for the good of their child grow­ing in the womb.

A bill was in­tro­duced in Congress this week to “amend Ti­tle XIX of the So­cial Se­cu­rity Act to en­cour­age states to pro­vide preg­nant women en­rolled in the Med­i­caid pro­gram with ac­cess to com­pre­hen­sive to­bacco-ces­sa­tion ser­vices.” dozen or so au­tho­rized high­level of­fi­cials. Too much politi­ciza­tion, they claimed.

“Change has come to Jus­tice,” says a Jus­tice Depart­ment lawyer. “Now the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent is di­rectly so­lic­it­ing . . . Jus­tice to pro­vide vol­un­teers to run the White House Easter Egg Roll. You can’t make this stuff up.”

On the con­di­tion of anonymity, the lawyer pro­vided In­side the Belt­way with his in­vi­ta­tion: “Peter Cot­ton­tail is head­ing to the White House very soon. Please cir­cu­late this form to all staff . . . who might be in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing at the his­toric Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn.”

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