Stoking the panic on obesity

DR. DAVID Ludwig knew he was peddling a provocative idea: that children who are so obese that their lives are in danger He just thought the debate would take on a reasonable tone. What he’d co-written, after all, was a short, sober piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, aimed at doctors andContinue reading “Stoking the panic on obesity”

Twitter, Snark, and Obama’s Town Hall

A WEEK ago today, President Obama held the first, and possibly the last, “Twitter Town Hall Meeting.’’ Depending on your perspective, it was either a sign that the president is down with the times, or the latest in a line of gimmicks meant to prove that politicians are down with the times. (I remember aContinue reading “Twitter, Snark, and Obama’s Town Hall”

Mitt and “The Book of Mormon”

MITT ROMNEY has said he plans to see “The Book of Mormon,’’ the hilarious Broadway musical from the creators of “South Park’’ and “Avenue Q.’’ And there’s a moment in the show when you can practically imagine him onstage. It comes in the second act, when a group of Ugandan converts puts on a pageantContinue reading “Mitt and “The Book of Mormon””