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[Asia-pacific, Australia, Hawaii] Trade deal enters final round

As trade ministers gather today on the Hawaiian island of Maui, enough uncertainties remain that participants and observers worry the talks may falter in what is supposed to be the final round.
The Australian (au)
added Jul 27, 2015 11:18
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Caffeine Inhalers Rush to Serve the Energy Challenged

E-cigarettes have merged with triple-shot lattes in the form of caffeine inhalers. The new devices, with names like the Eagle Energy Vapor, promise to deliver a burst of caffeine to on-the-go college students and professionals who cannot spare the time,
New York Times
added Jul 23, 2015 09:46
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European Parliament safeguards health in TTIP, says No to ‘business as usual’ ISDS

adopted its Initiative report with recommendations to the European Commission on the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). EPHA and EHN welcome the report ...a clear signal that the controversial Investor-to-State Dis
European Public Health Alliance (be)
added Jul 9, 2015 10:17
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[UK] How cannabis wrecks the lungs: Those who have even ONE joint a week are suffer more breathing problems than those who smoke regular tobacco

However, people who had been heavy users had a persistent cough and wheeze even after they cut down or quit, suggesting heavy cannabis use can have long-term affects on the lungs. The study's lead author, Dr Bob Hancox, an associate professor at the Un
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added May 19, 2015 15:43
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House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

two other bills aimed at impeding the EPA, including one that prevents the agency from relying on what it calls “secret science” in crafting its regulations — but which in reality, opponents argue, would effectively block the EPA from adopting any new rul
Salon Magazine
added Nov 26, 2014 11:06
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How One Lawyer’s Crusade Could Change Football Forever

But what if the template for football’s future is not the fate of boxing but rather that of the tobacco industry? The parallels, of course, are not perfect. ...The fight against tobacco’s use has been long and has unfolded in stages, beginning with public
New York Times
added Nov 9, 2014 14:38
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The MaddowBlog: GOP blames Obama for obstruction on Surgeon General

Congressional Republicans seem to agree that it’s in the nation’s interests to have a Surgeon General, but they don’t want to take responsibility for derailing a qualified nominee. On the contrary, they now seem eager to blame President Obama for their k
MSNBC
added Oct 21, 2014 11:13
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero / She's staying put—and has some choice words for young feminists. An interview.

If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.
The New Republic
added Oct 2, 2014 19:24
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Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of it
ProPublica
added Aug 4, 2014 12:22
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Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties

Employment Policies Institute, founded two decades ago, is led by the advertising and public relations executive Richard B. Berman, who has made millions of dollars in Washington by taking up the causes of corporate America. He has repeatedly created offi
New York Times
added Feb 9, 2014 21:19
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