4:23 CST~President Bill Clinton was rushed to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan today after experiencing chest pain.
Douglas Band, a counselor for the 63-year-old former President, says he is in “good spirits” and released the following statement:
“Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of NY Presbyterian hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest.
Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place 2 stents in one of his coronary arteries.
President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”
The statement continues, “In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.”
UPDATE: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has announced that she’s on her way from Washington to be with Bill.
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ThinkProgress/Amanda Terkel~Last year, President Obama nominated Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel, which, during the Bush administration, sanctioned torture. Johnsen, however, was an outspoken critic of the so-called “torture memos.” Conservatives blocked her nomination, and the White House has said that it plans to renominate her when the Senate officially reconvenes later this month. Even after he became a Democrat, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said that he opposed Johnsen’s nomination. However, today his office released a statement in which Specter says that he will now support her:
After voting ‘pass’ (which means no position) in the Judiciary Committee, I had a second extensive meeting with Ms. Johnsen and have been prepared to support her nomination when it reaches the Senate floor.
Spencer Ackerman notes that Republican Sen. Dick Lugar (IN) has also said he is standing by his support for Johnsen, meaning she has the 60 votes necessary to be confirmed.
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