GMO labeling comes to a head. Photo by Jason Redmond/Reuters

Policy Pennings: GMO Issues Go Beyond Labeling

Congress may hope that its recent GMO-labeling law will prevent states from passing their own laws to requiring labels on genetically modified products. But this might just be the first skirmish in a much longer war.... READ MORE

Wreckage of United Airlines Flight 409 still sits on the mountain. Photo via

Remembrance of Medicine Bow Tragedy Leads Forest Service to Issue Visitor Publication

In 1955, United Airlines Flight 409 came within 75 feet of clearing Medicine Bow Peak in Wyoming. The plane crash on the highest point in the Snowy Mountains killed all 66 people aboard. Sixty years later, popular interest in the event remains strong, prompting the U.S. Forest Service to issue a historical brochure on the air tragedy.... READ MORE

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is rumored to be on the short list of Vice Presidential nominees.

Politics & Elections: Vilsack for VP?

As we near the Democratic National Convention, rumors fly about who Hillary Clinton will choose as her running mate. One name in the air is Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Also, one more thing to blame on millennials: the rural/urban age gap.... READ MORE

Rural immigrants often have to travel great distances to complete the naturalization process.

Rural America’s Long Road to Citizenship

With immigration offices few and far between, rural residents seeking naturalization must go to great lengths to obtain citizenship. The costs in time and transportation could discourage eligible residents from seeking to become citizens, says one Iowa applicant.... READ MORE

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Puerto Ricans Are Most Food-Insecure Group among U.S. Hispanics

Hispanic households as a group are more likely to have trouble providing a year-round, adequate diet for every member of the family. But that aggregated number disguises significant differences in how Hispanic groups are faring in the United States.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: Asleep at the Wheel

Staying awake at orientation is the bare-minimum requirement to make a good impression on the first day of a new job. Not everyone is up to the task.... READ MORE

Last month people in Cleveland gathered around the Quicken Loans Arena for a parade. Next week, the same area will be flooded by GOP convention-goers. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Trahant Reports: ‘There Is No Climate Change, Only Coal’

The Republican draft platform calls for more coal, less federal land, and a wall. If the federal government starts giving away public land, the tribes -- not states -- should be first in line to receive it.


Nina Postica puts a candle in the earth in front of her parents' grave in Moldova. Photos by Clary Estes.

Project Report: Those Who Remain

In the 1940s, two waves of mass deportations were carried out in Moldova by Joseph Stalin, forcing more than 50,000 citizens to relocate to places like Siberia and Kazakhstan. Now, nearly seven decades later, their stories are being told.... READ MORE

How Britain voted for the Brexit. Via the New York Times.

Politics & Elections: Britain’s Big-Sort Moment

The Brexit vote in Britain looks familiar to folks who are watching the political divide in the United States.... READ MORE


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