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    This Regulation Has Chuck Schumer Talking Like a Tea Partier

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) has amassed the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate, according to National Journal. Yet, when it comes to Washington regulators, even he is willing to speak out against the Obama administration. “Sometimes Washington does things that make the rest of America scratch their heads … More

    Research on Salt Shakes Its Bad Image

    Looks like we’ll have to take those warnings about sodium in our diet from First Lady Michelle Obama, bureaucrats, and assorted food police with, well, a grain of salt. The latest research indicates that most folks can stay healthy without cutting back on how much sodium they consume, Rebecca Voelker … More

    Should Government Watch the Terrorists -- or Americans Reaching for a Snack?

    With recent news of various government agencies wanting to monitor our nation’s newsrooms and our children’s eating habits, and with a $17 trillion debt that continues to rise, perhaps it is time to paraphrase President John F. Kennedy: Ask not what government can do for us, but what we can … More

    Sodium in FDA’s Sights

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to be America’s nutritionist and control what we eat. Last November, the agency published a proposal to ban artificial trans fat—an unprecedented intrusion into food choices. The FDA also has sodium in its sights, specifically sodium added to food. The agency’s Center for … More

    Three “Under the Radar” Issues in the Farm Bill Debate

    There are numerous issues in the current farm bill debate that may not receive the biggest headlines but are extremely important. Here are just three of those issues. 1. Catfish Inspection Program This program is a poster child for government waste and the type of special interest provisions that dominate … More

    Farm Bill: Taxpayers and Consumers Are Getting Catfished

    As lawmakers look for ways to cut spending from the farm bill, they should go hunting for catfish—the new, not-so-pretty face of government waste. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates seafood. However, there will now be a special exception just for catfish, which will soon be inspected by the … More

    FDA’s Proposed Trans Fat Ban: An Attack on Freedom

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking the first step to ban trans fat. It has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the major dietary source of trans fat in processed food, are not “generally recognized as safe.” The agency is seeking public comments … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #41: The FDA's Latest Mission Creep(iness)

    Federal regulations already dictate the shape, color, size, and content of the nutrition panel on food labels. Not good enough, apparently. The diet squad at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to track eye movements to uncover the “subconscious and conscious factors” behind our grocery choices. They plan … More

    If Obama Were a CEO, Government Would Hold Him Responsible for Scandals

    Over the past week, the Obama Administration has been hit with scandal after scandal. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) apologized for targeting conservative organizations, the State Department covered up its reaction to Benghazi, the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretly seized phone records of AP reporters, and the Department of Health … More

    Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

    The story of the late Dr. Peter Gleason, a Maryland psychiatrist who devoted much of his practice to serving the poor and underserved populations, is a tragic reminder of the real-life impact that overcriminalization can have on individuals. Before a drug can be sold in the United States, it must … More