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2 September 2005

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Volume IV, Number 105
Susan Wood Quits FDA over Morning-After Pill Decision -- Susan Wood began this week as director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women's Health. She quit on Wednesday because she says the FDA is playing politics with the “morning-after” pill contraceptive. She believes that her principles no longer permit her to be a part of the organization, as it no longer has the integrity she believes it should possess. She’s an American heroine and patriot of the first order.

Clarke Throws Hat into Ring for Tory Leadership -- The Conservative Party of the UK is searching for a new leader. Kenneth Clarke, who has twice before stood for the position and failed to secure it, has decided that he isn’t too old, too pro-Europe or too tainted by tobacco money to be Prime Minister. Most Tories think otherwise. However, Mr. Clarke is offering the Conservatives a chance to do some deep thinking about what it is to be a Tory in New Labour’s Cool Britannia. They must seize for their own good and the good of the nation.

MasterCard to Go Public -- The world’s second largest credit card company has decided to go public. MasterCard, currently owned by its 1,400 member banks, has decided to take itself to the market to raise some money, and the stock will trade openly on some exchange (NYSE one would think). After half a century as a private entity, the question is why now? And the answer appears to be litigation.

Katrina Will Change American Society -- The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, has ordered everyone out of his town. The Crescent City, noted for its Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz and a genteel sensuality far removed from the straight-laced South around it, is untenable. America now will have thousands and thousands of refugees, cholera and dysentery, and $4 a gallon gasoline. A generation from now, historians will look back and draw a line at the end of August 2005 and say, “This is when it changed.”

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