The Fda's Antismoking Crusade Has The Gop Fuming

He has always been controversial, but nobody ever called David A. Kessler nutty--that is until now. After the Republican takeover of Congress last November, the brash commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration lowered his profile as Washington's most zealous regulation czar. But behind the scenes, he was plotting one of his most audacious moves yet: In mid-July, Kessler sought White House authority to regulate Big Tobacco.

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