POLITICS & POLICY

Could baby powder soon come with a warning label?

On Tuesday, March 12, in Washington, DC, the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy decided to focus its first meeting of 2019 on baby powder. Specifically, its aim was to examine the potential health hazards of talc, the stuff that makes baby powder powdery, and whether stricter federal regulation was needed.

The real college admissions scandal is what’s legal

The details of the revelations that wealthy parents allegedly paid a consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to portray their children as successful athletes, thus giving them a leg up in elite college admissions, are enticingly, delightfully juicy. (Jane Coaston’s explainer has some of the best anecdotes, including students being portrayed as top recruits in sports they’d never even played.)