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  • Dems go weak at the end of great week

     
    Sunday's print column What a great week it had been for Democrats. President Barack Obama delivered a bold, confrontational second inaugural address Monday that underscored numerous popular liberal initiatives. New polling data showed very strong public...
  • Everest, Kaplan have highest number of complaints before Florida attorney general

    They tell stories of broken promises, overly aggressive sales tactics, harassing phone calls, bungled financial aid and insurmountable debt. Florida's attorney general is currently investigating eight for-profit colleges, which have been the subjects...
  • Mendte On Chewing Tobacco

    Mendte On Chewing Tobacco
    Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting theWorld Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera. The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and...
  • Government to food industry: More nutrients and less junk in kids' food and advertising for kids' food (please)

    Government to food industry: More nutrients and less junk in kids' food and advertising for kids' food (please)
    Manufacturers of foods pitched most heavily to kids -- breakfast cereals, snacks, carbonated beverages and restaurant fare -- should develop and reformulate their offerings to cut salt, added sugars and saturated fat and ensure they contribute...
  • Federal center pays good money for suspect medicine

    Federal center pays good money for suspect medicine
    Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could...
  • How we got details on questionable federal health research funding (You can look, too)

    How we got details on questionable federal health research funding (You can look, too)
    On Sunday and Monday of this week, we published a series examining 12 years of spending at one of the centers at the National Institutes of Health -- the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, also known as NCCAM. Sen. Tom Harkin...
  • States can apply for waivers to No Child Left Behind

    With a growing number of states rebelling against the No Child Left Behind law and stalled efforts in Congress to reform it, the Obama administration says it will grant waivers to liberate states from a law that it considers dysfunctional. Education...
  • Maryland braces for mandatory federal spending cuts

    Looming federal budget cuts the nation faces in January could strike a body blow to Maryland's economy, taking $2.5 billion in personal income out of residents' pockets and crimping social programs in health and human services, education, and workforce...
  • Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support

    Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support
    The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants. Citing the Tribune's Tribune's "Playing With...
  • Lehigh Valley parent and educator testify at U.S. Senate education hearing

    Lehigh Valley parent and educator testify at U.S. Senate education hearing
    Debbie Jackson, an Easton parent of a child with behavioral challenges, shared her story on Capitol Hill Thursday morning during a hearing on how schools can handle such children without using seclusion or physical restraint. Jackson was joined by Dr....
  • Cardin, Mikulski urge Obama to speed withdrawal from Afghanistan

    Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to speed the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan. The Maryland Democrats joined a group of 24 senators in declaring the mission in Afghanistan...