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Vitamin D Recommendations Tripled

On Nov. 20, the Institute of Medicine released a report that said Americans from 9 to 70 need 600 international units (IUs) of vitamin D a day. That recommendation triples the previous recommended dietary allowance of 200 IUs. The report also stated that those 71 and older may need as much as 800 IUs. 

Sessions Says Reid’s DREAM Act Motives Create ‘Chaotic Situation’

Republican leaders are venting frustration after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) placed a new version of a controversial immigration law on the legislative calendar without an official hearing to discuss the bill. 

Is A College Debt Bubble Collapse Next?

As the United States struggles to deal with the collapse of the subprime mortgage bubble, another economic bubble may be about to burst. In a Dec. 2 Yahoo! Finance article, author Laura Rowley pointed out that the college debt bubble shares some traits with the subprime mortgage bubble. 

Senate Leaders Can’t Reach Agreement As Certain Unemployment Benefits Expire

Unemployment benefits expired for thousands of Americans on Nov. 30, as Republicans and Democrats in the Senate continued to disagree on the terms of an extension. 

Food Safety Bill Heads Back To House Following Legislative Gaffe

The Senate approved a bill on Nov. 30 that would introduce enhanced governmental oversight of the nation’s food producers. One day later, it was revealed that Senate Democrats may have violated a constitutional provision while crafting the bill, which has resulted in the legislation heading back to the House of Representatives. 

GOP Senators Say They Won’t Vote Until Tax Cuts Are Resolved

Senate Republicans have vowed to block all legislative action during the lame-duck congressional session until the George W. Bush-era tax cuts are extended for all Americans. 

Defense Secretary Gates Says Legislators, Not Judges, Should Repeal DADT

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has urged Congress to repeal the policy that bans openly gay individuals from serving in the military. 

Lobbyists Urge GOP House Leaders To Replace Centrist Committee Heads

A coalition of conservative lobby groups is pressuring House Republicans to keep moderates from controlling key panels in the next congressional session, according to The Washington Times

Study Indicates Belly Fat Contributes To Osteoporosis

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital recently found that excess abdominal fat may actually contribute to poor bone health, despite previous investigations that suggested obese women were at a lower risk for developing osteoporosis. 

DREAM Act To Be Decided In Lame-Duck Congress

Republican Senators are expected to oppose Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) efforts to pass the DREAM Act, which would grant citizenship for some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. 


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