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Solving School Lunch Program Fraud, Washington Style

September 25, 2015  •  Roll Call

Five federal employees were charged in August with theft and fraud for falsifying documents to qualify their children for free lunch at Prince George's County, Md., public schools. The alleged fraudsters — all employees of the Government Accountability Office — were discovered after an audit into the National School Lunch Program by the very federal agency for which they work.

One employee was also a member of the Prince George's County, Md., school board and has since resigned. Officials believe another 300 federal workers may be involved.

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Michelle Obama's 'Healthy' School Lunches
Should Congress reauthorize the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010?

September 10, 2015  •  National Review Online

Chicago Public Schools are back in session this week, facing an uncertain future, with massive debt, junk-bond status, and disgruntled staff. But one thing is certain: All of the district's 400,000 students will receive a free breakfast and lunch every day for the second year in a row, regardless of financial need. "I can't tell you the last time I saw a kid carrying a lunch box at school," commented one teacher from a large grade school on the city's west side. According to the school's principal, the cafeteria serves about 10,000 free meals per week, courtesy of federal taxpayers.

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E-cigarettes not a path to smoking

August 30, 2015  •  Baltimore Sun

In an editorial calling for regulations which would put obstacles in front of adults who seek to quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes, The Sun's editorial board relies on a powerfully debunked innuendo and preposterous logic ("Teens and e-cigarettes," Aug. 23).

The basis for the paper's concern that e-cigarettes cause teens to smoke cigarettes is entirely unfounded. In fact, the small survey the piece cites acknowledges that an association between teen experimentation with e-cigarette use and subsequent smoking is not causal. In fact, teens who are likely to try e-cigarettes are the very teens already at risk for trying smoking, accounting for any association.

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Free Lunch for Everyone
Should taxpayers buy lunch for kids who can afford it?

August 5, 2015  •  LifeZette

As Congress considers reauthorizing the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, much of the debate is properly focused on modifying inflexible restrictions on sodium and whole grains in school lunches.

But lawmakers should also take a closer look at a little-known section of the law that will greatly expand the free lunch program, especially to students whose families can afford to pay.

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Whole Foods Caught With Their Thumb On The Scale And Their Hand In Your Pocket

July 15, 2015  •  Forbes

Will the nation's largest municipal consumer protection agency crack down on misleading marketing claims about organic food by one of the most sanctimonious, greener-than-thou grocery chains?

We don't think it will, but there's a strong case—based on the law and the facts—that it should.

First some background. Nearly a week after New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigators found that Whole Foods Market ripped off unwitting customers by "routinely" overstating the weight of pre-packaged foods–including meats, seafood, dairy and baked goods–the store widely known as "Whole Paycheck Market" 'fessed up.

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