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Paul Alexander
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.

Entries by Paul Alexander

The Woman Who Made James Dean a Star

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Sixty years ago this week, James Dean died in a car crash on a stretch of highway near Salinas, California. At 24, he had shot three pictures, but only one had made it into theatres. In March 1955, East of Eden, Elia Kazan's adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, was released...

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The Latest Target of Regulation -- An Herbal Remedy That's Been Used Since Time Immemorial

(10) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 7:23 PM

The regulators are at it again.

At the Food and Drug Administration, officials intend to take nationwide the ban on the use of trans-fat in restaurants Michael Bloomberg implemented in New York City when he was mayor. In Colorado, lawmakers want to regulate programs that train

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Is New York's Education Department Making the State's Doctors Shortage Worse?

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Recently, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the state agency responsible for regulating medical schools, adopted a policy prohibiting hospitals in New York from offering clerkships to many international medical students. By doing so, the department made it more difficult for hospitals to tap into the growing population of...

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Maintenance of Certification -- A Hot Topic in Medicine Most Patients Don't Know About But Should

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Would you be willing to visit a physician who is not "board certified"? That may be a question you'll have to ask yourself if a small but vocal group of doctors get their way.

At present, there are 880,000 practicing physicians in the United States. More than

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How to Fund Obamacare? Gimmicks Like a Tanning Tax Are Not the Answer

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:02 AM

Not long after the U. S. Supreme Court handed down its recent decision to save Obamacare, for the second time in three years, more bad news about the law made headlines. For 2016, individual health insurance policyholders should expect the cost of their coverage to increase, perhaps substantially.

"Health insurance...

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As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say 'Blend Wall' a Fiction Created by Big Oil

(58) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 4:20 AM

The renewable fuel industry is at a crossroads. It has been put into peril by a concept, known as a "blend wall," some observers believe is a fiction created by the oil industry. The very future of the renewable fuel industry hangs in the balance.

The latest blow came on...

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Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 5:26 PM

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist. His advocacy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),...

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Will America's Poor Pay for Obama's Coal Plan?

(6) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 5:25 AM

In an economic climate that's already challenging for the everyday consumer, a new problem looms: higher electricity costs, perhaps much higher. While it's often hard to pinpoint why a product or service increases in price, it's easy to identify the cause for this price hike: the Clean Power Plan.

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Will the States Thwart Obama's Coal Plan?

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 10:20 AM

"I've got a pen and I've got a phone," President Barack Obama famously said in January 2014. He was attempting to explain his strategy for bypassing the United States Congress, a body that hasn't been very friendly to him, not even when Democrats controlled both chambers during the...

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Hillary Clinton and the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

(16) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:21 PM

At her recent press conference at the United Nations, the first question posed to Hillary Clinton, asked by a Turkish reporter, had to do with whether she felt she was being treated differently because she was a woman. Many in the media scoffed at the question. But if one examines...

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Israel's Closest Muslim Ally

(38) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 3:41 PM

On March 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United States Congress in what has become one of the most anticipated political speeches to be delivered in some time. The subject of the speech will be Iran, a country that has had a long adversarial relationship with Israel, often...

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The Doctors Shortage, a Crisis Within a Crisis

(13) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Talk to almost anyone in the medical profession and you'll hear the same concern: the current doctors shortage -- a subject in the news a lot these days -- is a crisis that's only going to get worse.

At the moment, the United States is believed to be...

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New Answers Will Be Needed to Cure America's Doctor Shortage

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:54 PM

In today's rapidly changing American health care system, one problem -- a critical shortage of doctors -- threatens to dwarf all other concerns.

The situation is already bad. The United States has a current shortage of 16,000 primary care physicians, "the very doctors," to quote the AARP, "who...

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The American Hospital, in a State of Emergency

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:59 AM

There's an epidemic in America that's not getting the attention it deserves: hospital closures.

In Alabama, 10 hospitals closed in the last three years, leaving some smaller communities without a major medical facility. Last year, Georgia lost three hospitals, Virginia and North Carolina one each....

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Why Are Democrats Tone Deaf on Military Issues?

(58) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 10:57 AM

On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion and received a collective cold shoulder from a military audience who represent a membership of 2.4 million veterans.

The tepid reception was due in part to the scandal that erupted in May when a...

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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

(1) 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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