Washington (CNN) - A lawsuit brought by a breast cancer patient against a major drug company will go forward after the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the dispute.
The justices without comment Monday turned aside an appeal from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, maker of drugs for hormone replacement therapy.
An Arkansas jury had awarded $2.75 million in compensatory damages to Donna Scroggin, who claimed she developed the cancer from drugs made by Wyeth and Upjohn Corp. Both companies are now owned by Pfizer Inc. The Little Rock resident argued the medicines Prempro and Premarin lacked adequate safety warnings about the increased risks for developing breast cancer.
Wyeth had asked the high court to dismiss that jury award and to block a second trial that is to be limited to deciding punitive damages. A federal appeals court in St. Louis has ordered that separate rehearing, amid questions about the testimony of a former Food and Drug Administration official who testified on Scroggin's behalf in the original trial.
(CNN) - The White House is beating back Republican charges that President Barack Obama is taking too many breaks during the ongoing oil disaster off the Gulf coast.
"I don't think that there is a person in this country that doesn't think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind," White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday.
The comments came a day after Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a strongly worded statement condemning the president for playing a round of golf Sunday, attending a baseball game Friday, and recently hosting Paul McCartney at the White House.
"Until this problem is fixed, no more golf outings, no more baseball games, no more Beatle concerts, Mr. President," Steele said in the statement. "The stakes are too high for President Obama's lackadaisical approach to both his responsibilities and the challenges we face."
(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee edged out its Republican counterpart in fundraising last month, according to the two committees' Federal Election Commission reports made available Monday.
The DNC raised just over $6.6 million in May while the Republican National Committee raised 6.46 million. The DNC's total is significantly down from its more-than $10 million April cash haul while the RNC is down from its near $7 million April total.
The DNC currently holds a nearly-2 million advantage when it comes to cash on hand, $14.5 million to $12.6 million.
Earlier Monday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported edging out the National Republican Senatorial Committee in May fundraising.
New York (CNNMoney.com) - More troubled homeowners have fallen out of trial mortgage modifications than have received long-term help, a new government report shows.
But nearly half of these borrowers received alternate help, while only 7% have fallen into foreclosure.
The administration's signature housing-rescue plan, Home Affordable Modification Program, saw a surge of people leave the initiative in May. More than 152,000 have had their trial adjustments cancelled since the program started, mainly because they could not document their income or because they earned too much to qualify for assistance, officials said.
Nearly 430,000 borrowers have had their trials cancelled - more than one-third of the total started. Servicers place troubled borrowers in trial modifications for several months to verify their income and see whether they can make the lowered payments.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama marked Father's Day Monday by announcing the start of a new mentoring program for families and urging dads across the country to live up to their parental responsibilities.
He also highlighted a new Justice Department initiative to help ex-offenders more effectively reintegrate into society and find employment that will allow them to support their children.
"I can't legislate fatherhood," Obama said. "But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there's no excuse for failing to meet their obligations."
"Our children don't need us to be superheroes," he said. "They don't need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present."
(CNN) – Sarah Palin is taking aim at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, characterizing the top Obama aide as an irresponsible liar.
"Rahm, u lie," Palin wrote on Twitter Sunday after Emanuel said on ABC's This Week that Republican Rep. Joe Barton's controversial apology to BP last week exposed the political philosophy of the Republican Party.
"That's not a political gaffe, those are prepared remarks," said Emanuel. "That is a philosophy."
"RahmEmanuel= as shallow/narrowminded/political/irresponsible as they come,to falsely claim Barton's BP comment is "GOP philosophy," Palin also tweeted in reply to Emanuel's comments.
The White House has not responded to Palin's comments.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats outraised their Republican rivals in the month of May, but for the first time this election season, the GOP committee reports having more cash on hand.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee reported Monday raising $3.6 million last month, bringing the organization's total cash on hand to $18.1 million. The committee, charged with helping elect Republicans to the Senate, also reported Monday that it is debt free.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, raised $5 million in May and has $17.57 million on hand – about a $500,000 less than the Republicans. The Democrats have zero debt as well.
Democrats spent $4.56 million in May while Republicans spent $2.5 million.
Washington (CNN) - A divided Supreme Court has ruled the government's power to criminalize "material support" of a terrorist organization is constitutionally permissible.
The 6-3 ruling preserves a key provision of the 2001 Patriot Act, amid claims it threatens the free-speech rights of Americans who would assist non-violent activities of certain militant and terror groups.
At issue was whether the federal law allows prosecution of those with knowledge of "any service, training, expert advice or assistance" to a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the U.S. government.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - The Republican gubernatorial primary in South Carolina took a nasty turn in its final weeks, but the subsequent two-week runoff between Nikki Haley and Gresham Barrett never turned into the no-holds-barred, mudslinging cage match that some thought it would.
But other down-ballot races in the state have been noticeably more contentious, namely the runoff for Attorney General between Leighton Lord and Alan Wilson, the son of Rep. Joe Wilson.
Case in point: A mysterious advocacy group called "The South Carolina Truth Squad" went up with a harsh television ad last Thursday hammering Wilson as a "Good Ole Boy" who once failed the bar exam and is piggy-backing off his father's name.
"The truth is, the only notable thing in Alan Wilson's background is being a congressman's son," the ad's narrator says. "Getting elected because of who your daddy is part of South Carolina's past, not it's future.
The Truth Squad has not disclosed its donors, but CNN has learned that the group is being funded by a South Carolina non-profit opposed to frivolous lawsuits called Citizens Against Litigation Abuse.
(CNN) - Voters in three states head to the polls Tuesday, and in one of those states history might be made:
South Carolina Republicans could make state Rep. Nikki Haley their first female gubernatorial nominee. She's in a runoff against U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.
Haley just missed out on winning the nomination outright in the June 8 primary, capturing 49 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field. She was short of the 50 percent plus one needed to take the nomination.
Once facing long odds for the GOP nomination, Haley rose in the polls thanks in part to endorsements by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.