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A patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

... Why e-cigs are safer, but not safe

I felt as though I walked into the interrogation scene of the movie "Basic Instinct" when my patient asked me, "What are you going to do, charge me with smoking?" He was "vaping" on an electronic cigarette while he smirked at me, obviously sensing my discomfort and enjoying it.

In this April 23, 2014, photo, Eric Scheman holds an e-cigarette at Vape store in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

E-cigarette regulation ...

Unlike governments, which have no skin in the game if they incorrectly or improperly rubber stamp an ingredient as safe when it isn't, e-cigarette producers like British American Tobacco have everything to lose.

This image, provided by New York Magazine, shows the front cover of the magazine's March 2, 2009 edition, featuring an illustration portraying financier Bernard Madoff as the Joker character from the "Batman" comic series. (AP Photo/Illustration by Darrow for New York Magazine) ** NO SALES **

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Madoff

The name Bernie Madoff is synonymous with "schemer" or "swindler." He operated the largest financial fraud in the history of the United States. For decades he kept his own dream alive by convincing people his situation was something it really wasn't.

Tom Gjelten, NPR

W. SCOTT LAMB: NPR's Tom Gjelten on Christianity and politics

NPR's Tom Gjelten ran a piece yesterday titled, "Conservative Pastors Deliver Sharp Criticism Of Same-Sex Marriage" with sound clips from Pastors Jim Garlow and Jack Hibbs, along with presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Christian political activist David Lane of the American Renewal Project.

Ben Carson is among seven presidential hopefuls at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado.

Iowa caucus odds: 1 of these 4 will win

Turns out there is a silver lining to five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court committing what amounts to cultural self-immolation last week -- it winnowed the crowded field of 2016 GOP presidential candidates considerably.

In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Same-sex court decision destroys the democratic process

The Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision destroys the democratic process. Instead of acting only with clear Constitutional authority, the justices give themselves power over the people by claiming their decision 'interprets' the Constitution rather than making new law.

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world and gives families a chance to learn what life would have been like for them in the 18th century. Actors walk around in character; sewing, emptying pails of water, interacting with tavern owners, and gardening on the plantations. Families can take horse and carriages rides, tour the historic courthouses, blacksmith shops, infirmaries, trade shops and taverns. (Photo by Adrienne Jordan)

Celebrate July 4th in Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the world and gives families a chance to learn what life would have been like for them in the 18th century.

Footprints on the ceiling: reflections on Charleston, a pastor's ties Rachel Dolezal

I got to know Rachel Dolezal beyond simple acquaintance. She and I were white members of the Black Student Association of our college. She and I were part of a push to get an African American history class taught for the first time at our school. We both attended a church whose mission, in part, was to be a community devoted to racial reconciliation. Rachel was relentless in her pursuit of understanding and conveying the hardship and beauty of the black experience. I recall the time she told me about driving north of Jackson toward the delta until she saw a cotton field. She pulled over, climbed through the barbed wire and picked cotton for hours. She wanted to know the struggle.