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Tuesday, November 4, 2008


'No Known Health Problems,' Palin's Doctor Writes

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Just hours before voters nationwide were to head to the polls, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin released a two-page summary of her medical history Monday night.

The letter, dated Nov. 3 and signed by her family physician, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who is on staff at the Providence Alaska Medical Center, says that the Alaska governor is in "very good health" and has "no major medical problems."

Baldwin-Johnson has served as the governor's family physician since 1997, and Palin has sought medical attention from the clinic since 1991. "Her visits have been related to routine women's health care and pregnancy," Baldwin-Johnson writes.

The bulk of the letter describes how Palin learned in the second trimester of her most recent pregnancy that her youngest son had Down syndrome. The doctor writes that, after Trig's condition had been detected in utero, Palin underwent "follow-up perinatology evaluations to ensure there was no significant congenital heart disease or other condition of the baby that would preclude delivery at her home community hospital."

"In summary," the letter concludes, "Governor Palin is in excellent health and has no known health problems that would interfere with her ability to carry out the duties and obligations of Vice President of the United States of America."

-- Juliet Eilperin


Chicago Braces for Crowds

CHICAGO -- Tents are going up in Grant Park. The stage is nearly finished. On election eve, it looked as though the circus were coming to town.

Barack Obama will hold his election-night rally in Grant Park, a historic patch of downtown green famous for 19th-century political conventions, 16-inch softball games, and the legendary 1968 clashes between antiwar protesters and Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention.

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