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Bill Frist

Going To The Whip

Laura Hildebrand, author of the award winning book about the legendary, Seabiscuit, has emerged as an outspoken critic of the riding crop or “whip,” when used to enhance race horse performance. According to Hildebrand, the use of the whip is cruel. It inflicts unnecessary pain on the animal. And it may not even be all […] Read More

A new report says Senate Majority Leader and likely presidential contender Bill Frist slipped into a defense-appropriation bill–without knowledge of a bi-partisan committee that had already allotted all crucial military spending–a provision protecting drug companies from lawsuits in the final hours before Congress finished its business and broke for Christmas last December. The provision, called […] Read More

A Master of Moral Arbitrage

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is guilty of “insider trading” by requesting the sale of his remaining stock in the Hospital Corporation of America. Legal interest in the matter gravitates around the timing of the sale and the parallel activity of other HCA executives. Frist requested that […] Read More

Sen. Frist took a needed step forward for medical research when he announced Friday his support for expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, using frozen embryos left over at fertility clinics that would otherwise be discarded. His speech lacked the same clarity about his moral reasoning, however. Identifying himself as “pro-life,” Frist said […] Read More

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist risked alienating the religious right, a constituency many say he needs to carry to be elected president in 2008, by announcing on the Senate floor on Friday that he supports federal funding for medical research using frozen human embryos that would otherwise be thrown away. Robert Parham of the Baptist […] Read More

Following the release of Terri Schiavo’s autopsy that found that she had irreversible brain damage and was blind, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) denied that he had ever diagnosed her. “I never made a diagnosis,” he said last week on the “Today” show. “I think it is big news that she had totally irreversible brain damage.” […] Read More

The U.S. Senator who has threatened to reduce the power of the filibuster is himself the object of a filibuster—of sorts. Students at Princeton University—the alma mater of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)—began a mock filibuster April 26. It’s still going on due to the participation of students, faculty, regional politicians and others. The […] Read More

I don’t put political signs in my yard. For one reason, I live in a borrowed yard, a yard owned by the church members whom I serve. Some might mistake my views as those endorsed by the church. But it’s much deeper than that. Even if I owned my own home, I still wouldn’t stake […] Read More

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist defended removing Democrats’ power to filibuster against judges nominated by President Bush in a videotaped message to a rally labeled “Justice Sunday” in a Kentucky Baptist church. Democrats earlier criticized Frist, a Republican from Tennessee and potential presidential candidate in 2008, for lending credibility to what they called a radical […] Read More

This is a tough time to be a judge in America. Big names from the world of religion and politics claim that the judiciary is “out of control.” These judicial reformers are working overtime to, in their words, give the courts back to the people. What they are really doing, however, is working to build […] Read More