The European Commission "may be the victim of a carefully planned attack by representatives of the alcohol industry" to derail the adoption of a strategy to reduce the health effects of alcohol, warns Martin McKee, professor of European public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Wonkette, for those of you who don't read it, is a proudly low-brow and juvenile blog that focuses on the more salacious escapades of our representatives in Washington. For those of us who have to deal with the over-starched, self-important Washington crowd (Congresspedia headquarters is just off the K street lobbying corridor), it often provides a dose of needed levity.
"An analysis by the Department of Homeland Security found 272 chemical plants nationwide at which an attack or accident could affect at least 50,000 people and an additional 3,400 plants at which more than 1,000 people were at risk," reports the New York Times.
"Indonesia's national intelligence agency used a former Indonesian president's charitable foundation to hire a Washington lobbying firm ... to press the U.S. government for a full resumption of controversial military training programs," reports the Center for Public Integrity's International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.