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In August, in a town hall in Estherville, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said lawmakers should discuss fixing Social Security “behind closed doors.” The full context of her comments were in response to a question about sustaining Social Security for young workers from a member of the audience.

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E-cigarettes have for too long held a unique place in the American regulatory framework. They aren’t tobacco, so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has no jurisdiction.

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As a mayor, I encounter lots of problems that can’t be or shouldn’t be corrected by government action. Just because I’m limited in an official capacity doesn’t mean I can’t contribute, though.

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Joe Camel died over 20 years ago, but the tobacco mascot’s child-enticing spirit has hauntingly returned in the form of vaping — the growing use of e-cigarettes.

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Should companies be allowed to solicit business using an endless, deceptive practice called robocalls, making literally billions of telephone contacts with consumers uninvited, seemingly in a constant stream of interruptions? No.