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[USA] Nearly half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, survey finds

and 18% believe in three or more, a new study has found.1 In the study, researchers conducted an internet survey of 1351 US adults, asking whether they had heard of six popular medical conspiracy theories and the level of their agreement with each of the
British Medical Journal
added Mar 22, 2014 23:38

Senate Moves for Votes on More Judicial Nominees ($$)

Senate Democrats have moved to extend a recent streak of votes on judicial nominations, including a possible vote next week for Covington & Burling partner Christopher "Casey" Cooper for a slot on Washington's federal trial court.
National Law Journal
added Mar 18, 2014 15:15

White House backing off surgeon general, for now

White House is backing off its push for quick confirmation of President Barack Obama's pick to be surgeon general in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and concerns among Democrats up for re-election who don't want to take another
AP - Associated Press
added Mar 17, 2014 23:24

EDITORIAL: The Gun Lobby’s Latest Bizarre Crusade

National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama’s nomination of an outstanding young doctor ... Dr. Murthy said at his confirmation hearing last month that he intended to focus on ... tobacco-related disease, menta
New York Times
added Mar 17, 2014 23:03


we have already canvassed the many reasons why §1514A is most sensibly read to protect employees of contractors. For the reasons stated, we hold that 18 U. S. C. §1514A whistleblower protection extends to employees of contractors and subcontractors
Supreme Court of the United States
added Mar 10, 2014 17:45

U.S. justices extend employee whistleblower protections

The justices voted 6-3 along non-ideological lines in a ruling that extends whistleblower protections to investment advisers, law firms, accounting firms and other such businesses working for public companies. The three dissenting justices said the ruli
added Mar 10, 2014 17:35

[Washington] NCAA Faces Legal Push Led by Litigator With Tobacco Stash

National Collegiate Athletic Association is expected as early as April to reach an agreement ... Driving the deal is 59-year-old Seattle lawyer Steve Berman, a onetime college soccer goalie who has brought successful group actions against Big Tobacco, En
Bloomberg News
added Mar 7, 2014 13:14

[UK] Eating lots of meat and cheese in middle age is 'as deadly as SMOKING'

those who ate the most protein were almost twice as likely to die early as those who ate low amounts * They were also more than four times as likely to be killed by cancer * This is a figure comparable with smoking, say the researchers
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Mar 5, 2014 18:13
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ROOT: Coming Soon from SCOTUS: Campaign Finance and Affirmative Action

prepares to issue big rulings ... If the Supreme Court sides with McCutcheon and strikes down the aggregate contribution ceiling, it will be a resounding defeat for proponents of campaign finance regulation and a massive win for those who believe the Fir
Reason Magazine
added Mar 1, 2014 18:18

When Marijuana Looks Like Candy, Not Drugs

marijuana as candy doesn’t just change how people use it. It changes how we need to talk about it, and how, as parents, we need to ask that new laws be designed to balance legal use (whatever that is in any given state) with protecting those who shouldn’t
New York Times Blogs
added Feb 16, 2014 18:20
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