Politics & Government
Members of FDA panel reviewing the risks of popular Bayer contraceptive had industry ties.
At least four members of a key committee advising the US Food and Drug Administration on the safety of a top selling drug have had financial ties to its manufacturers, raising questions about the rigor with which the agency minimises potential conflicts of interest.
The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is pouring record sums into lobbying, campaign contributions, and public relations – and getting results.
Even as foreclosures surged, banking industry lobbyists undermined attempts to keep people in their homes. Big banks and their advocates in Washington delayed, diluted and obstructed attempts to address the problem. Industry lobbyists are still at it today, working overtime to whittle down legislative remedies, buy time and thwart regulation.(BusinessWeek)
Articles on vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, from the 1988 election. Deadline enterprise included disclosures involving his law school admission, enrollment in National Guard, and inaccurate resume. (The Plain Dealer)
He had lived the working-class dream, securing a steady job with a high school education. Suddenly, he was unemployed, apprehensive – and ready to take out his frustration on President Bush and challenger John Kerry. A report from Ohio during the 2004 election. (Media General/Tampa Tribune)
Many assume disadvantaged minorities, who make up most of the uninsured, would substantially benefit from universal coverage and health reform. Yet studies show better care frequently fails to improve the health of minorities, the poor or the lesser educated. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)
A community the size of Rhode Island raised sales taxes to buy medical coverage for the uninsured. Result: Fewer hospital admissions, reduced complications from treatable ailments such as diabetes and asthma, and savings in property taxes. (Congressional Quarterly Researcher)
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