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 .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.