United States

The real Romney-Ryan budgets cuts aren’t to Medicare. They’re to programs for the poor.

by Ezra Klein Washington Post August 22, 2012

I was pretty sure that when Paul Ryan got tapped to be Robin to Mitt Romney's Batman, it meant we were in for some serious budget talk. Which was great! I love budget talk....

15 innovations making school lunches healthier and more sustainable

by Seyyada A. Burney Worldwatch Institute August 15, 2012

As summer draws to a close, it’s time for kids to go back to school. Sadly, this often means a return to terribly unhealthy school lunches filled with fried chicken, pizza pockets, sugary drinks, and high-calorie snacks. School food can jeopardize the health and well-being of America’s next gen...

Training cutbacks thwart jobless

by Paul Davidson USA Today August 10, 2012

Companies have dramatically cut training programs for new employees, experts say, worsening a skills gap that's keeping them from finding qualified job candidates and pushing up unemployment....

decades on, US starts cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

by Thomas Fuller New York Times August 9, 2012

DA NANG, Vietnam — In the tropical climate of central Vietnam, weeds and shrubs seem to grow everywhere — except here.Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, a...

US added 163,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

by Peter Whoriskey Washington Post August 3, 2012

The United States added 163,000 jobs in July but the monthly unemployment rate nonetheless inched up to 8.3, a contradictory pair of figures that illustrate the muddled state of the economy....

People standing outside Chosen 300 Ministries Outreach Center in Philadelphia. The Christian group in Philadelphia is fighting a city ban on feeding homeless people and has vowed that regardless of any fines, they will continue doing the work Christ sent his followers to do. Photo: Chosen 300 (undated photo)

Charity ready to defy Philadelphia ban on feeding homeless

by Stoyan Zaimov Christian Post July 18, 2012

A Christian group in Philadelphia is fighting a city ban on feeding homeless people and has vowed that regardless of any fines, they will continue doing the work Christ sent his followers to do. ...

USDA prepared to approve soy plant genetically modified to withstand 2,4-D, a highly toxic herbicide used to defoliate during Vietnam war

by Tom Philpott Mother Jones July 18, 2012

In early July, on the sleepy Friday after Independence Day, the USDA quietly signaled its intention to green-light a new genetically engineered soybean seed from Dow AgroSciences. The product is designed to produce soy plants that withstand 2,4-D, a highly toxic herbicide (and, famously, the less to...

Farmer Albert Walsh walks through a drought-damaged corn field in Carmi, Ill.  Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg iew photo gallery

Drought in U.S. reaching levels not seen in 50 years, pushing up crop prices

by Peter Whoriskey and Michael A. Fletcher Washington Post July 16, 2012

A drought gripping the Corn Belt and more than half the United States has reached proportions not seen in more than 50 years, the government reported Monday, jacking up crop prices and threatening to drive up the cost of food....

Two classes, divided by ‘I do’

by Jason DeParle New York Times July 14, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jessica Schairer has so much in common with her boss, Chris Faulkner, that a visitor to the day care center they run might get them confused....