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FDA Plastic Decision ‘Creates a False Sense of Security’

The chemical BPA is common in plastic products such as baby bottles and food containers, despite concerns among scientists and environmentalists about its safety. The FDA has defended BPA use and recently turned to an outside panel for backup. That group of scientists, however, ended up criticizing the agency’s guidelines.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Rev. Wright Roundtable

The Rev. Madison Shockley, who presides over a congregation of the same denomination as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, joins a panel of Truthdiggers to investigate the controversy surrounding Barack Obama’s church. How can a predominantly black church be described as separatist and hateful, Shockley asks, when it is part of an overwhelmingly white denomination?

Posted on Mar 23, 2008 READ MORE



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AT&T, Microsoft Discuss Internet Filtering

During a panel discussion at the annual consumer electronics show, representatives from NBC, Microsoft and AT&T made the case for filtering Internet content at the service provider level. The idea is to stop the movement of copyrighted material, but there is a large, scary implication: allowing the pipe owner to control what passes through.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Portugal’s New Fix for Drug Users

Portugal is the latest European country to pick up on a growing trend of favoring therapy over jail for possession and use of small amounts of illegal drugs.  Critics of the new law worry that Portugal will become a hot spot for foreign drug users, but supporters believe the law will shift the focus of the government’s anti-drug efforts from users to traffickers and will give addicts a better chance to get clean.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


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The Galactic Booze Cruise

An independent panel set up by NASA to evaluate health issues at the agency has made an unexpected discovery: In at least two instances, astronauts were allowed to fly after drinking heavily, despite concern by doctors and colleagues. It’s not clear whether the flights involved spacecraft or training jets.

Posted on Jul 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats to Boost Intelligence Oversight

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced that the Democrats plan to form a new House intelligence committee based on recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The panel would combine elements of the current intelligence and appropriations committees with the aim of achieving better oversight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The End of Shake ‘n’ Bake Democracy

The Iraq Study Group Report makes clear that you can’t whip up a representative government by buying a cake mix or holding a single election and declaring victory.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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Conservative Rabbis Issue Gay-Friendly Ruling

A panel of Conservative rabbis has approved a relatively gay-friendly interpretation of Jewish law, paving the way for ordinations of gays and same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


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Baker Panel in the Hot Seat

The Iraq Study Group, set to meet with the president on Monday, may offer more in the way of political cover than genuine solutions to the problems facing Iraq.  According to Iraq experts familiar with the panel’s work, many of its recommendations either have already been attempted or are unlikely to succeed.

Posted on Nov 12, 2006 READ MORE


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Baker Panel to Urge Change

The panel of advisors tasked with investigating solutions to the quagmire in Iraq is set to recommend a major shift in policy.  The group, headed by former Secretary of State James Baker, is likely to advocate troop withdrawals, and might even suggest inviting Iran and Syria to assist in Iraq’s security.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


Obese Outnumber Starving People Globally

The world now holds more than a billion overweight people and 800 million who are undernourished, a health expert told an international panel. A possible solution: subsidize fruits and vegetables, instead of fat-producing corn crops.

  • Wanna learn more? Check out Truthdig’s interview with food expert Michael Pollan.
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    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    Join Democracy Fest 2006!

    Shameless plug alert: Truthdig managing editor Blair Golson will be co-hosting a panel on alternative media at this weekend’s DemocracyFest in San Diego. Tickets for the conference are going fast. Panelists and speakers include Howard Dean, Al Franken, comedian Marc Maron, Democratic strategist Dave Sirota and BuzzFlash Editor Mark Karlin.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Net Neutrality Gets Boost From House Panel

    The panel recommended a version of the Net neutrality bill that would bar telecom companies from charging premium fees for Web companies that sell video and other content.
    This is far from a full victory, but it’s a step in that direction.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Senate Panel Backs Hayden Confirmation

    It’s the blackest of all comedy: The man who engineered the NSA’s domestic wiretapping program appears to be sailing toward confirmation as the nation’s next CIA chief.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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