Will the FDA Stub Out Big Tobacco's Menthol Ploy?

menthol_ban_033110.jpg By Jessica Strong Last June, President Obama signed a law authorizing the FDA to regulate tobacco and creating a panel for that task. Now the panel’s taking up the question of whether to ban menthol-flavoring in cigarettes, which critics say is used to cover up the taste of cigarettes and recruit young smokers.

It's Back! Abstinence-Only Funding Revived in Health Bill

holding_hands_033010.jpg By Jessica Strong The Obama administration can add this one to its ever-growing list of progressive criticisms: The health insurance reforms the president finalized this morning include a revival of the controversial abstinence-only education initiative known as Title V.