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Sec. of Commerce to take Medical Leave of Abscence

Via Los Angeles Times:
Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests after suffering a seizure connected to two traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area over the weekend. Bryson informed President Barack Obama on Monday that he was taking a medical leave “so that I can focus all of my attention on resolving the health issues that arose over the weekend,” according to a statement released by the department. Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank will serve as acting commerce secretary in Bryson’s absence. . .

Later in the piece, there's this bit of news, which calls into question the seizure storyline: Bryson had not suffered a seizure previously, according to a department official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the secretary's medical history. It was not clear whether the medical episode preceded or followed the collisions. Bryson has a "limited recall of the events," the official said. Updates to follow. - Greg Pollowitz


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