Our Travis Rieder, “I think it’s time to vote environmentally. If Republican officials have their way, then President Obama will be unable to confirm a Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Scalia, meaning that the next president will play a large role in deciding whether the Court is split 5-4 against climate change regulation, or for it.”

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There is a history of trying to disrupt polio campaigns. They are viewed by the Taliban as an intrusion into traditional society, and vaccination campaigns are fundamentally run and organized by central governments [as in Pakistan] that are contrary to the ideology of these militant groups

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The idea that a concerted government push can lead to a “cure” for cancer is nearly a half century old, stretching back to President Nixon’s failed “War on Cancer.”

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Writing pharmaceutical regulations into international trade deals can have costly consequences

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Our Alan Regenberg comments on hazy definitions of disease and the problematic rationale given for extending a ban on federal funding of CDC research into the underlying causes of gun violence

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Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas unveiled the legislation in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in a Louisiana movie theater by a gunman with mental problems

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Jonathan D Moreno: “The recent controversy about Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue donation suggests that highly publicized bioethical issues generally benefit conservatives. In fact, quite the opposite is the case. Since 2000, when bioethics issues (apart from abortion) have come on on the radar, they have aided the country’s leftward move on social values”

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