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Does The Constitution Protect Anonymous Political Speech?

By Jeff Johnson Congressional Bureau Chief
March 29, 2002

Capitol Hill ( - Dario Herrera is a Democratic candidate for Congress from Nevada's newly created 3rd Congressional District. While Herrera will face opposition from Republican state Senator Jon Porter and Independent Party candidate Pete O'Neil, his most dangerous opponent may be a Nevada business owner turned political writer.


Definition of 'Sin' Expanding for Tax Base

Friday, March 29, 2002

By Heather Nauert and Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

WASHINGTON — Put down your knitting needle, granny, because Connecticut lawmakers are considering taxing your sweet tooth.

It started with a 61-cent-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes to help plug the $650 million budget hole this year. But in the last month, lawmakers have called for raising the levies on alcohol, junk food, health club memberships, vegetable seeds, yarn, and even candy sold in nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.


Dutch Euthanasia Law Goes in Effect


Associated Press Writer

April 1, 2002, 6:39 AM EST

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Starting Monday, Dutch doctors may legally help end the lives of hopelessly ill patients suffering unbearable pain, as a law permitting euthanasia went into force.

Although the Netherlands became the first country to legalize mercy killings, a political debate continues over further relaxing the stringent guidelines for doctors, even allowing them to prescribe suicide pills for the elderly who are not terminally ill.


What We Do About Terrorism

by R. Lee Wrights

Fear rules the day! The horrific events that unfolded before a global audience on September 11th shocked a nation and stunned the world. Even in countries where acts of terrorism are practically daily occurrences people were horrified at how far madmen will go to exploit one of the most powerful emotions instinctive in human beings - Fear of the unknown. So quite naturally, what we do about terrorism is determined in large part by the amount of fear produced by acts of extreme violence.


Shame: A Major Reason Most Medical Doctors Don't Change Their Views

By Frank Davidoff

In the 1960s the results of a large randomized controlled study by the University Group Diabetes Program showed that tolbutamide, virtually the only blood sugar lowering agent available at the time in pill form, was associated with a significant increase in mortality in patients who developed myocardial infarction.

High-Tech U.S. Trash Floods Asia

By Cat Lazaroff

SEATTLE, Washington, February 26, 2002 (ENS) - Huge quantities of hazardous electronic wastes are being exported to China, Pakistan and India where they are processed in operations that are extremely harmful to human health and the environment, charges a new report by an international coalition of environmental organizations.