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Archive: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Do you think Arizona's immigration law will be effective?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 9, 2010; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (63)

How concerned are you about Abbott Laboratories' withdrawal of diet pill Meridia?

Abbott Laboratories has withdrawn its popular weight-loss drug Meridia because it increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Meridia, also known as sibutramine, was approved by the FDA in November 1997 for...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 8, 2010; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

How worried are you about the expansion of Medicaid?

The expansion of Medicaid is being closely watched because it was one of the first components of the health-care overhaul to go into effect, and problems now could foreshadow issues that might arise around the full implementation in 2014....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 8, 2010; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (7)

Did Jerry Brown call Meg Whitman a 'whore'?

In a private conversation inadvertently captured on voice mail, Jerry Brown, California's Democratic candidate for governor and his aides discussed their intention to portray his GOP opponent, Meg Whitman, as a "whore," the L.A. Times reported. It was unclear whether...

By Andrea Caumont | October 8, 2010; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (9)

What do you think of Howard's decision?

Howard University is experimenting this fall with something that many universities did at least a generation ago, allowing undergraduates to stay overnight in each other's dorm rooms....

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (12)

Should Michelle Rhee leave D.C. to run
another public school system?

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has a job, for the moment at least. But after having campaigned against presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) and then called his victory "devastating" for the city's public schoolchildren - an assertion she quickly...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 6:02 PM ET | Comments (26)

Do you think Americans are disconnected from the country's wars?

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (33)

How do you feel about eating bread?

Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some tips on incorporating bread into your weight-loss diet. How do you feel about bread? Love it? Hate it? Weigh in below......

By Andrea Caumont | October 7, 2010; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are parents and teachers putting too much pressure on teenagers?

It was as if their private worries had come to life on screen: Teenagers so pressured to get As, to fill their college resumes with sports and music and language, they start losing their grip. Long nights of homework leave...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 7, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (39)

What's your reaction to this story?

The number of women with six-figure incomes is rising at a much faster pace than it is for men. Nationwide, about one in 18 women working full-time earned $100,00 or more in 2009, a jump of 14 percent over two...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 6, 2010; 6:57 PM ET | Comments (10)

Will NRA endorsements give Democrats the boost they need?

The National Rifle Association has endorsed incumbent Democrats in several crucial congressional races this year, frustrating Republicans who believe the group is hurting its cause - and the party's chances in November. Although the NRA's agenda usually aligns with that...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 6, 2010; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

How much do you value nurses?

It was bad when the Washington Hospital Center fired 18 nurses during last winter's blizzards. It got worse when the nurses union and management failed to negotiate a new contract in the summer. Then last week, the hospital effectively cut...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 6, 2010; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (10)

What is to blame for the rise in income inequality?

Rising income inequality has led to the top 10 percent of households receiving virtually all of the benefits of economic growth since 1976, columnist Steven Pearlstein writes. Which factor do you think is most responsible for the dramatic rise in...

By Andrea Caumont | October 6, 2010; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (48)

Is a national moratorium on foreclosures a
good idea?

Amid growing furor over the legitimacy of foreclosure proceedings, Democratic leaders in Congress have called on major lenders to halt all foreclosures nationwide. However, the White House and the Federal Housing Finance Agency have said they do not support such...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (87)

Should the school day be extended?

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) will introduce a bill Tuesday to extend the school day for 45,000 District public school students by at least a half hour, an effort to give kids more classroom instructional time. The...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 3:45 PM ET | Comments (12)

Who is your favorite Peanuts character?

It's the 60th anniversary of Charles Schulz's much beloved Peanuts comic strip, so we have to ask:...

By Andrea Caumont | October 5, 2010; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (6)

What do you think of D.C. implementing protections for raccoons, foxes and other critters?

The raccoons, opossums and foxes that roam District neighborhoods can breathe a bit easier. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that would implement tough new standards for how animal and pest control companies rid District homes...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 5, 2010; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (16)

Should there be term limits for members of Congress?

Daniel Inouye's uninterrupted stretch of service in the Senate chamber is the second longest in history. In November, Inouye will stand for a ninth Senate term. He is expected to win in a cakewalk -- his likely Republican opponent is...

By Abha Bhattarai | October 4, 2010; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (71)

 
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