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famatrPatients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) usually take drugs prescribed by doctors. Some doctors prefer more natural medicaments and may suggest a patient to include dietary supplements and do the exercise in order to help them to ease their pain and fatigue in bones and joints. If you have RA, maybe your doctor will advise you on choosing the best diet for rheumatoid arthritis. Some will advise you to switch to vegan or vegetarian diet, but it can be a problem to some people. If you can give up on meat, try the vegan diet and include as many fruits and veggies in your daily life as possible. There is one thing that should be emphasized when speaking about RA and diet. Some food allergies may make the rheumatoid symptoms to get worse, so a patient should be careful about what’s on the kitchen table each day. For instance, shrimps and dairy products (milk, butter, and cheese) may cause allergies at some people and these allergies may make your rheumatoid arthritis worse. So, try eliminating these ingredients if you are allergic to them and you will reduce the RA symptoms. Replace them with some other ingredients that do you good.…

Fashion industry officials are opening their wallets wide to back their favorite candidates and parties leading up to November congressional and state elections, after which stricter rules for campaign contributions could likely be in place.

Among retailers heavily into the business of 2002 campaign giving is retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, which is demonstrating how it also dominates general merchandise, department and apparel specialty stores in amassing a political war chest.

Halfway through the two-year congressional-election cycle, the Bentonville-Ark.-based chain’s political action committee collected $630,272 in donations from Wal-Mart store managers, executives and workers, as well as others outside the company. Of that amount, Wal-Mart gave $589,480 to mostly Republican candidates and activities, according to year-end 2001 Federal Election Commission reports.

fnppmwAt this pace, Wal-Mart by the fall will likely outpace its $694,032 in contributions made during the 1999-2000 election cycle, which in turn surpassed the $159,575 given by the company from 1997-1998. The increase in political spending reflects “a growing realization in the last few years that Wal-Mart needed to be more politically active” and help like-minded candidates get elected, a company spokesman said.

“There are a rising number of issues at the local, state and federal level that

Not since the height of the Gingrich revolution in 1995 have Republicans been as strong as they are now. President Bush has been more popular for more weeks than any president since they started taking presidential-approval polls — indeed, for longer than his top aides expected at the start of the war. Eighty-five percent of the public approves of the job Bush is doing, with about 60 percent “strongly” approving. People trust him over Democrats not just on foreign policy, but on economic policy. In a number of polls, his popularity is rubbing off on congressional Republicans. So the question on the minds of Republicans and Democrats alike is: Just how long will it last?

Polls come and go, and only a fool would try to predict where they’ll be this coming November, let alone in November 2004. But polls are not the only reason for Democrats to worry, says And their situation could well get worse.

What drives Democrats crazy is that before September 11, they thought they had the Republicans where they wanted them: playing defense on health care, campaign-finance reform, and the environment. The recession was also bound to hurt the GOP.

When the attacks

Unity or no national unity, this question is on the brains of Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Sens. John F. Kerry, John Edwards, and Joe Lieberman, and all the others who were potential candidates before September 11. But it’s only on the tongue of Sharpton.

On Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle: “His position in Washington could be used against him.”

On Edwards, who made his fortune as a trial lawyer in the area of personal injury: “I would want Edwards to run, because he [was] a lawyer who represented victims and made a lot of money. I fought for victims all my life and didn’t get paid.”

On Kerry: “I know who he is, but I don’t know how much of a profile he has in the black community.”

On Gephardt: “I’ve met him; I like him; I think he’s a decent guy. But he’ll be leading the charge to take over the House. How is he going to then turn around and say that he should be President?”

nmianAnd, of course, on himself: “It was Harold Washington’s race in ’83 that energized Jesse Jackson’s presidential race of ’84. In many ways, Freddy could be the same person for me.”

Although I am an opponent of excessively high tax rates, both because they can be unfair and because they can impact on our efforts to protect and support our families, there is ideological tunnel vision in this right-wing, libertarian Republican position.

Yes, success is in part the result of hard work and ability, the rewards of which are deserved. But I know that my individual success is also in part the result of good luck and support from others. Even more important, it could not have been achieved in the absence of the society of which I am a member. I have an obligation to respond more than proportionally because I have profited more than proportionally.

tterRecognition of such obligation is part of what I was taught as a child. It is essential to being a mensch: literally being a “man” but figuratively being a “human being.” I admit that I wish my top tax rate were lower. But when the recent tax reductions were enacted, I would have voted instead for decreases in the regressive Social Security taxes for lower income brackets. These are the brackets in which rent is a huge burden and in which medical and dental