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January 31, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans may seem unremarkable -- eat more vegetables, limit saturated fat, etc. But some nutrition scientists are pleased that they seem to do one thing more forcefully than before: Tell us to eat less. "I’m in shock," writes Marion Nestle , an author and New York University professor who has followed these proceedings and written about the politics of them for years: "The new guidelines recognize that obesity is the number one public health nutrition problem in America and actually give good advice about what to do about it: eat less and eat better.
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OPINION
January 27, 2007
Re "State aims for Feb. 5 primary to boost clout," Jan. 20 All states should move their primaries to the same date. It is deeply undemocratic that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire have more of a say in who our presidential candidates are than voters in other states. Next to the Electoral College, which gives more weight to votes in certain states, and the two-party system, which leaves the will of millions of voters unaccounted for, this is a major blemish on the oldest modern democracy.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A plan to double film permit fees on public lands has produced a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) joined more than 50 other representatives from both sides of the aisle this week, sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture requesting that fees for filming on public lands not be increased. The departments, squeezed by budget cuts, are considering a plan that would double filming fees. On the set: movies and TV Cardenas and a bipartisan group of representatives contend the higher fees would drive more production out of the country.
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON--President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke for 30 minutes Friday with about 20 activists who are fasting at the steps of the Capitol to an effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws.  Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, have not eaten in 18 days and are drinking only water.  Sitting with the group inside a heated tent, Obama told the fasters that he supported their...
NATIONAL
May 11, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
Poultry processing plants will have to reduce the number of chicken and turkey carcasses that test positive for the toxic bacteria salmonella and campylobacter under new federal rules intended to prevent tens of thousands of food-borne illnesses each year. The standards, which the Agriculture Department unveiled Monday, are projected to result in 39,000 fewer cases of campylobacter infection and 26,000 fewer cases of salmonella poisoning,  Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a telephone call with reporters.
NEWS
January 25, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
THE presidential dash for dollars is officially underway in Hollywood. On Wednesday, DreamWorks trio David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg sent a letter to 700 political donors and activists asking them to donate $2,300 per person to attend a reception for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential exploratory committee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 20.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2009 | Janet Hook
The Senate, acting within hours of President Obama's inauguration, confirmed six of his Cabinet secretaries and his budget director Tuesday, but postponed for one day a vote on the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. Sen.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Careful to not let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama will jet to an agricultural research hub in Michigan on Friday to sign into law the long-delayed farm bill and deliver a speech on the importance of rural America to the economy. In his brief trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Obama will outline a new administration-wide effort to boost exports from rural America and point to a new report from his economic team on the growth in the agricultural sector.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Thursday's blackout came too late to make the formal agenda of the nation's governors meeting that kicked off Saturday, but updating the nation's power system is a hot topic among state leaders with competing interests. The dispute became clear at what was supposed to be a feel-good press conference to kick off the National Governors Assn.'s summer meeting. Idaho Gov.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
The White House has apologized to a former USDA employee it now says was fired before the situation involving controversial videotaped comments was fully reviewed. "A disservice was done, for which we apologize," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday afternoon, saying he spoke for the entire administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to reach the former employee, Shirley Sherrod, to speak further about the matter, Gibbs added. Vilsack said in a statement released overnight that he would reconsider the department's decision to demand Sherrod's resignation.
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