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Watch These 10-Year-Olds Hold Their Own Against A Veteran Journalist

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents

Looks like we just got a glimpse of two future leaders. According to BBC News, 10-year-olds Henrietta and Charlotte talked with veteran journalist and...

The Shackles of Paternalism

Peter Schwartz | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Today, the "nanny-state" is omnipresent. Its latest pernicious intrusion pertains to pain relief medication. Doctors are being told to restrict their prescriptions of opioids, the drugs (such as Percocet and Vicodin) used to reduce extreme pain. Why? Because the government is concerned about patients who overuse the drugs, leading to addiction and sometimes death.

Too Many Parents Are Blowing It: Kids Need The Nanny State To Require The HPV Vaccine

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's a pretty high likelihood that, at some point in their lives, my daughters will be sexually active. When that day comes, I couldn't live with myself if I had done anything to increase the risk that they'll die from it. That may not be the way some parents think of their actions, but that is the reality.

Chris Christie's Shameless School Lunch Pandering

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Apparently, caring about kids' health is another position that just won't fly in an election year.

How to Protect the Working Poor From 300 Percent Interest Rates

Louis Hyman | Posted 10.02.2016 | Business
Louis Hyman

The payday loan is not, as GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson recently wrote, a "short-term loan secured by their next paycheck with an interest rate around 15 percent." Payday loans, which few borrowers pay off the following week, actually end up with interest rates above 300 percent.

"Cupcake Amnesty:" Childhood Obesity and the Political Divide

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

No cupcake-related "rules or guidelines" were in fact "abolished" by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which oversees our state's child nutrition programs, but Miller likely cares little about the specifics.

Market Forces Should Regulate Smoking

Benjamin Powell | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Restaurants and bars in Lubbock, Texas have become the most recent target of anti-smoking zealots pushing their prohibitionist agenda. These activists fail to appreciate how respecting the freedom of property owners to determine their own policy, coupled with market forces, already achieves efficient regulation.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

Viva the Nanny State

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Some conservatives angrily accuse government of acting as a Nanny State by excessively narrowing the freedom of cigarette users to smoke. An editoria...

Hey, MPAA: Give Philomena a PG-13

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's a charming and moving little film, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. It tells the true story of an Irish woman who, as a teen, became pregnant and was forced into the Magdalene Sisters' care.

9 Ways the Right's Cradle to Grave "Randian State" Is An Assault on Millennials

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Born at the dawn of the Reagan era, Millennials were the first generation to be fully subjected to the all-out assault of the idea that we take care of each other in this country. Some of us are the parents of Millenials, and we wonder: who will fight with them, and for them?

Will the Styrofoam Cup Survive Bloomberg's Nanny State?

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.22.2013 | New York
Paul Alexander

As the mayoral candidates begin posturing for the fall campaign, none of them has made nanny-state solutions to today's problems a part of his or her campaign. So the days of Bloomberg's nanny state are numbered. This may save the Styrofoam cup after all.

Sugar, 1; People, 0: The Soda Ban Wasn't Perfect, It Was a Start

Diana Le Dean | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Diana Le Dean

The soda ban was an imperfect beginning, surely, but it was a beginning. It was not going to end our sugar addiction any more than making bars smoke-free was going to get the city to en masse kick the smoking habit. It was a one small factor in a complex equation.

Soda and the Nanny State

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Did the Bloomberg proposal have faults? You bet. Did it have loopholes? Sure. Would it present an enforcement nightmare? Probably, although not nearly as bad as critics have suggested. But that does that mean we sit back and do nothing?

Bloomberg Cracks Down On Pain Reliever Prescriptions

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.11.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is again pushing new regulations aimed at making New Yorkers healthier. This time, he's calling for restrictions on the amount...

New Traffic Light Food Labels: Much-Needed Intervention or Nanny State Interference?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Mark Bittman, a writer for the New York Times, is proposing a new way to label foods so that all consumers need to do is take a quick glance at the package to make an informed decision about their health.

When It Comes To Healthy Soda Habits, Does Size Matter?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Now that the New York City Board of Health has ratified Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban sugar-sweetened beverages (well, some such beverages, really) larger than 16 oz., we should be able to answer the question: Is this a big deal?

TWEETS: The Country Reacts To NYC Soda Ban

Posted 09.13.2012 | New York

In an effort to curb obesity in New York City, the Board of Health officially approved Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban the sale of large, sugary drinks ...

World Breastfeeding Week Sucks According to this Lactation Consultant

Jay Gordon, MD | Posted 10.03.2012 | Health and Fitness
Jay Gordon, MD

My good friend and lactation expert Susan E. Burger, MHS, PhD, IBCLC has strong feelings about World Breastfeeding Week. I have to agree that it's th...

Can We Engage in Reasoned Discourse on Crucial Health Care Concerns Rather Than Invoking References to a "Nanny State?"

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's crucial for our individual health and the health of our society to step away from easy labels and to dig into accurate, factual, scientific data derived from careful, logical research and to see what it means for public policy.

LISTEN: The 'Authentic' New Yorkers Who Hate Bloomberg's Soda Ban

Posted 07.02.2012 | New York

Lobbyists from large soda companies, including Coca-Cola, have launched an aggressive campaign to fight Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed bigger-than...

Super-sized Opposition?

Robert M. Eisinger | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert M. Eisinger

Would one describe the policy as a ban or a limit? Would one include that the larger beverage would be available at certain locales but not others (i.e., a ban at certain locales)? Would you include 16-plus ounces in the question, or describe it simply as large?

LOOK: New Yorkers React To Bloomberg's Soda Ban Crusade

Posted 05.31.2012 | New York

The internet erupted in protest Wednesday over Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban large sugary beverages in New York. Yes, a few Nanny State sympathizer...

Indiana Superintendents Say More Expulsions Will Defend Student Rights

Adam Goldstein | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education
Adam Goldstein

Asserting that a bill extending state authority to punish students with no limits whatsoever is a victory for student rights bends reality to the breaking point.

The Republican Nanny State

Ron Davis | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Ron Davis

Republicans who support subsidies should stop their mass-manipulation. Rather than hiding behind hypocritical pro-market rhetoric, it is time to admit they have embraced their very own entitlement-boom that rivals the dreams of any European welfarist.