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gressional Record at a subcommittee hearing in 1971. Those documents exposed lies from the White House to the public and Congress about the U.S. role in Vietnam leading up to and during the war. The then-freshman senator read 4,100 pages until past 1:00 a.m. when, with tears in his eyes and no other senators left in the room, he established unanimous consent and entered the pages into the record. Gravel left the Senate following his defeat in the Democratic primary in 1980. He ran for president in 2008 – first as a Democrat and later as a Libertarian – but failed to receive either nomination. This time around, Gravel and his campaign admitted that the nomination was not their true goal. While attending the June presidential debates, Oks and Williams told HuffPost they weren’t “in it for the long haul.” Instead, they sought to push the field further left and expose voters to the ideas that Gravel has long championed – most significantly, ending the cycle of American wars and what they refer to as “the American Empire.” Now that Gravel has dropped out of the race, his campaign has pledged to donate what remains of its fundraising to charity.
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More Americans are affected by an allergy to sesame than once thought, according to a new study. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Network Open last week, to “provide current estimates of the prevalence, severity, distribution, and clinical characteristics of sesame allergy in the United States,” the study’s authors wrote. According to a survey of 50,000 U.S. households, with responses from approximately 80,000 children and adults, a sesame allergy is thought to affect an estimated 1.5 million chil-
dren and adults – more than once thought, per the study. That’s equivalent to roughly 0.49 percent of the population. Additionally, “more than 1.1 million (0.34 percent of the population) report either a physician-diagnosed sesame allergy or a history of sesame-allergic reaction symptoms.” Sesame allergy symptoms can include difficulty breathing, coughing, hives, vomiting, and abdominal pain, among others. The study is important because sesame labeling is not currently required by law in the U.S., unlike it is with other allergens such as peanut, milk, and shellfish. This means those who are allergic to sesame are at an increased risk of accidentally ingesting it. “Our study shows sesame allergy is prevalent in the U.S. in both adults and children and can cause severe allergic reactions,” Dr. Ruchi Gupta, professor of pediatrics and of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “It is important to advocate for labeling sesame in packaged food. Sesame is in a lot of foods as hidden ingredients. It is very hard to avoid,” she added. The study comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October requested more information from medical professionals and researchers on the prevalence of sesame allergies as it advances “a new effort for the consideration of labeling for sesame to help protect people who have sesame allergies.”
Disorder at the NRA
The National Rifle Association (NRA) continues to be racked by turmoil after three board members resigned last week in protest of the lack of transparency at the gun rights lobby.
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