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 .
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.