FROM Brady Dennis
FDA Issues Sweeping, New Rules on E-Cigarettes Yesterday, California set a new smoking age limit of 21. Today, the federal Food and Drug Administration imposed new regulations on tobacco products — for the first time including e-cigarettes – that will prohibit retail sale of e-cigarette's, cigars or other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters, "We are protecting our children and teenagers and are helping adults get the information they need to make informed decisions about tobacco and nicotine use." Brady Denis covers public health issues for the Washington Post .
Obama Makes the Case for Financial Regulatory Reform One year after the fall of Lehman Brothers, President Obama went to New York today, pushing what he called the biggest regulatory reform since the Great Depression. He told an audience including Wall Street executives they have an obligation to US taxpayers, who "shouldered the burden of the bailout and they are still bearing the burden of the fallout." Brady Dennis is financial reporter for the Washington Post .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.