November 14th, 2013
10:13 AM ET

New EpiPen Law Could Save Lives of Children With Allergies

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a bill that, it turns out, hits close to home.

H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, was passed with bipartisan support to help students with food allergies, including oldest daughter Malia.

"This is something that will save children's lives," the President said at the signing. "Some people may know that Malia actually has a peanut allergy. She doesn't have asthma, but obviously making sure that EpiPens are available in case of emergency in schools is something that every parent can understand."

Family Physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle weighed in on "New Day" Thursday.

Dr. Caudle said "We know that in the U.S. about four to six  percent of children have food allergies, and we also know this number is rising."

The new law provides incentives to schools to set up plans to have EpiPens and trained staff members more readily available.

It gives funding preferences for asthma treatment grants to states where schools keep emergency supplies of epinephrine, allow school employees with training to administer it and develop a plan to make sure trained staffers are available during all school hours.

This is the first time Obama spoke of Malia, 15, having a peanut allergy.

Earlier, the family revealed that she suffered from allergies and that they were part of the decision on what kind of dog to get after the president took office.

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November 4th, 2013
08:23 AM ET

Early Endorsements for 2016

There was no presidential contender at Saturday night’s Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa, but that doesn't mean 2016 news wasn't made.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, used his keynote address in Des Moines to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race, offering his full endorsement for her candidacy, proclaiming "2016 is Hillary’s time."

"Run, Hillary, run", Schumer told the dinner, "If you run, you’ll win and we’ll all win."

Schumer was an early supporter of Clinton during her 2008 campaign, becoming the first U.S. senator to endorse her bid. With his Saturday remarks he becomes of the highest officials to publicly push her to run again.

“The republican field is a little more crowded,” CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are among the favorites of voters on the right.

“But it's the New Jersey Governor, just one day out from his likely re-election, getting all the buzz.”

Mitt Romney has  come out behind him saying, “Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. They don't come better than Chris Christie.”


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