Senior White House official Cass Sunstein

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Senior White House official Cass Sunstien (pictured above) pressured the FDA to delay a ban on the asthma inhaler Primatine Mist. Members of Congress also tried to intervene by writing FDA officials and even introducing legislation to prevent the agency from acting, according to the New York Times.

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