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Paul Alexander is the author of eight books, numerous magazine articles, and three bestselling Kindle Singles. A former reporter for Time, he has written about politics for George and Rolling Stone, among other publications.

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Once Again, Inaction at the FDA, Now With a New Class of Drugs, Hurts Consumers

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Recently, Phil DeLuca, a retired Long Island Railroad worker, was profiled on a national news television program. Suffering from a potentially fatal red blood cell deficiency, he receives a weekly shot of Procrit. Simple enough, but that shot costs a staggering $1,500, of which his co-pay is $196....

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The Case of the Never-Ending Case: Bill Moore vs. the U.S. Government

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:02 PM

In a saga comparable to Bleek House, Charles Dickens' classic novel about a legal case that would never end, Bill Moore, a Texas businessman, has waged his own never-ending legal war against the United States government.

At the center of the drama, which has now dragged on for 25...

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A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 7:43 PM

As President Obama's approval ratings continue to slip, more scandals emerge. While it is by no means on the same scale as the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has seen veterans die as they wait for treatment at military medical facilities across the...

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Say What? White House Plots With Secretive Investment Firm With Ties to Bushes And Bin Ladens?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:07 PM

President Obama likes to say that his is "the most transparent administration" ever. But members of the environmental community and biofuel industry -- some of his most ardent supporters in the past -- might beg to differ. For if a news-service article had not appeared in...

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Paper or Foam -- For Your Take-Out Cup, That Is?

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Go into Jamba Juice today and you'll find something new. Your drink will be served in a specially designed double-walled paper cup.

That's because, back in August 2012, when fifth grader Mia Hansen ordered a smoothie at a Jamba Juice in Carlsbad, California, only to have it served...

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When Government Bureaucracy Proves To Be More Than Annoying -- Perhaps Even Fatal

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 2:11 PM

She was a sophomore at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, who played on the softball team and majored in mechanical engineering. At Upper St. Claire High School, outside Pittsburgh, she was a National Merit scholar and community volunteer. She was so active in school affairs one of her high school teachers...

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Detroit Is in Debt, But Is it Eligible for Bankruptcy?

(7) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Can a municipality claim bankruptcy when its assets potentially surpass its debts?

That's the question facing a federal judge, who will determine in the coming weeks if Detroit is eligible to file bankruptcy, despite having billions of dollars worth of assets.

In recent years, roughly half...

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Detroit Bankruptcy Is About Union Busting, Not Being Bankrupt

(15) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Most of the national discussion of the "Detroit bankruptcy" has been a cautionary tale about what can happen when a once great American city is run into the ground by poor leadership and pensions run amok. While there is some truth to this narrative, what is being overlooked by everyone...

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J.D. Salinger, America's Most Famous Recluse, Is Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 2:40 PM

It was a beautiful afternoon in August 1994 and I had driven up from New York City to Cornish, New Hampshire, where J.D. Salinger lived. I was the latest in the army of fans, among the millions of people who had read The Catcher in the Rye since its publication...

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Is Natural Gas the Next Ethanol?

(18) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 1:24 PM

These days, President Obama is extolling the virtues of natural gas, a fuel source found in abundance in several regions of the country. But as the Obama Administration appears to be poised to go all-in for extensive natural gas exploration, it may be beneficial to take a look...

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Putting a Price Tag on a Childhood Disease

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 8:44 AM

In the brave new world of health care, cost of treatment has become an increasingly central concern. As patients see their out-of-pocket expenses rise, some treatments are being curtailed, often significantly. Intended or not, the net result with some illnesses is a patient population at higher risk of acquiring the...

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The EPA Opens a New Review of Handsoap, But Government Study Goes on for Decades

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 2:49 PM

In Washington, the wheels of government grind slowly -- when they grind at all.

One area of government habitually plagued by bureaucracy is the regulatory agencies, among them the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Reviews of substances regulated by these agencies can take years, sometimes...

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Will the Styrofoam Cup Survive Bloomberg's Nanny State?

(3) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Of all of New York City's mayors, none was focused more intently on "quality of life" issues than Michael R. Bloomberg, whom history will regard as a chief proponent of the nanny state. But is this what New Yorkers can expect from their mayors in the future? Or...

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Say Goodbye to the Campbell's Soup Can?

(18) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Is this the end of the Campbell's soup can?

Today's version of the metal can could be a thing of the past, if a consortium of activist groups gets its way. Their target is a chemical that, if banned, could change the very way food is packaged....

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Fear and Loathing of Hillary 2.0

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 10:45 AM

On Wednesday night, Karl Rove was back on television to make a big announcement: Hillary Clinton is not running for president. How did he know? Because she said so on the pre-taped Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People, which was to air on another network about an hour after his...

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