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Is Vaping Bad For You? Is It Safe? Experts Weigh In

August 25, 2016  •  Wallet Hub

Back to All ExpertsJonathan Foulds

Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine

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Congress Must Do More to Combat Unaccountable Bureaucrats' Funding of Junk Science
Dubious, agenda-driven studies on hot-button issues are draining funds from vital public-health research.

August 22, 2016  •  National Review

When Congress meddles in how federal agencies set research priorities and disburse grants, the scientific community is, understandably, distraught. But Congress is responsible for rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse at federal agencies, which sets up a fundamental conflict.

The administration's spending should come under special scrutiny when bureaucrats claim they don't have enough money to protect public health; while complaining of lack of funds, bureaucrats are squandering already allocated funds on research that is the subject of inter-agency squabbles.

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Democrats' barriers to free speech
Efforts to silence climate change skeptics could backfire

August 17, 2016  •  The Washington Times

Democrats' grand plan for this election year doesn't seem to include free speech. The group that drafted the Democratic Party platform recently called for the Justice Department to prosecute energy companies that don't see eye-to-eye with Democrats on climate change.

Is that really a good idea? After all, if the government has the right to punish those who merely question climate change, then it also has the power to punish climate alarmists who falsely predicted the world would come to an end by now due to rising temperatures.

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Drilling Down on Rent Seeking Dentists

August 14, 2016  •  Townhall.com

I was huddled in a Connecticut legislative hearing room on a chilly spring morning three years ago, awaiting my chance to testify about a proposal to over-regulate e-cigarettes.

I'm a big fan of innovation, so I'm always eager to speak out against entrenched interests seeking to stifle progress with regulations designed to kill improvements in our health. Proponents of more regulation regularly use scare tactics, shoddy science and false allegations that people like me are against "all regulation."

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The Obama Administration lacks transparency, resists oversight
The president and his minions have made a mockery of his promise to be the most transparent administration in history.

August 11, 2016  •  The Hill's Congress Blog

Congressional oversight of Executive Branch agencies is a fundamental element of the checks and balances that prevent abuses of power in any one branch of government. The Obama Administration has resisted that oversight repeatedly for a range of reasons, all nefarious.  Whether it related to Hillary Clinton, IRS official Lois Lerner, or lower-profile influence peddling cases, the resistance to oversight has been grounded in politics, not principle.

The president and his minions have made a mockery of his promise to be the most transparent administration in history.

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