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“Be­ware of sci­en­tists who moon­light as politi­cians. A case in point is the In­sti­tute of Medicine obe­sity re­port that en­dorses far more reg­u­la­tion of food, busi­ness, real es­tate, health­care, trans­porta­tion, the works. The

Weight of the na­tion is one of those pres­tige doorstops—at some 462 pages it’s obese it­self—that cer­tain folks will her­ald as a land­mark but de­serves some skep­ti­cism be­fore it comes to dom­i­nate elite opin­ion. … But new and many more gov­ern­ment anti-obe­sity pro­grams are likely to fol­low the his­toric pat­tern and end up mak­ing peo­ple fat­ter.”

—Wall Street Jour­nal “The arch­bishop of Washington finds it ‘shock­ing’ that Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Pres­i­dent John J. De­gioia would de­fend the univer­sity’s decision to have (HHS) Sec­re­tary Kath­leen Se­be­lius par­tic­i­pate in a com­mence­ment event in the af­ter­math of the furor over the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s rule on con­tra­cep­tive cov­er­age. What we find shock­ing is Car­di­nal Don­ald Wuerl’s fail­ure to credit the proper role of a univer­sity and the im­por­tance of vig­or­ous, open de­bate. ... in­volv­ing mat­ters of in­tense con­tro­versy and re­li­gious dis­agree­ment.”

—Washington Post

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