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CDC Delays Release of New Autism Report As Internal Battles Rage

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is delaying the release of its highly-anticipated new autism report, Big League Politics has exclusively learned.

The CDC “autism prevalence report” was set to come out Friday, but has now been pushed back as people within the agency battle among themselves. The report MIGHT now come out in late April or May, but there are no assurances of that.

The previous two CDC reports have stated that 1 in 68 children in the United States suffer from autism, but independent reports place the figure at 1 in 36.

The new delayed report is now expected to change the criteria for judging what constitutes autism. The numbers currently rely on so-called DSM IV codes for determining mental health disorders. The new report is set to switch to using updated DSM V codes, according to insiders.

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Nicole Dowling, who recently took over the CDC-funded Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, is already leaving that branch and going to a different department within CDC. Insiders say she is “running like Hell.” The ADDM now does not have a permanent leader.

CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned her position in January after it was revealed that she purchased tobacco stocks despite her agency’s business pertaining to the regulation of cigarettes.

The new incoming CDC director, Robert Redfield, is being criticized by Democrats and liberal outlets for allegedly not having enough experience to lead a federal agency and for his onetime relationship with the pro-Christian Children’s AIDS Fund. President Trump seems to trust Redfield when it comes to battling the opioid crisis.

CDC is aware of our press inquiry but did not immediately return a request for comment.

 

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2018 Midterms

WATCH: Corey Stewart Demolishes Tim Kaine In First Virginia Senate Debate

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HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA — Republican U.S. Senate nominee Corey Stewart galvanized the crowd at his first debate against Democrat incumbent Tim Kaine, winning major applause on nearly every point.

PBS moderator Judy Woodruff was surprisingly fair, giving Stewart a chance to obliterate Kaine from all angles while the Hillary Clinton running mate stood frozen, shellshocked, a grim look on his face. Kaine frequently said that he agrees with President Trump when attacked head-on by Stewart. During Stewart’s segments, Kaine furrowed his brows and glanced desperately at his campaign staff, who seemed demoralized by Stewart’s upset victory.

The only time the Kaine campaign team managed to influence the TV cameras occurred when they all laughed loudly at Stewart’s accurate claim that President Trump is standing up to Russia. But even the dying Russian collusion narrative could not save Kaine from the shellacking that was waiting for him at the Omni Homestead Resort. When the debate was over, press cameras raced to surround Stewart while Kaine flop-sweated through a few perfunctory interviews in a lesser corner.

Stewart rose to the occasion regarding the media’s prime talking point about him: that he is somehow racist because he has met racists, whom he disavowed. Given multiple chances by Stewart, Kaine refused to condemn an anti-Semitic office mate in Charlottesville, saying only that her well-documented anti-Semitic views on foreign policy are “not necessarily my” views.

Here is the entire beatdown in full. We will be highlighting different aspects of this epic smackdown as the day goes on and the people of Virginia acclimate themselves to what has just become a dead-on competitive U.S. Senate race.

Rewind this PBS Newshour livestream (the debate starts at around -1:28:00):

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