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  • McDonald's Just Banned Antibiotic-Laced Chicken. Here's Why That Matters.

    5 March 2015, 6:49 pm by: Kiera Butler

    This week, McDonald's pledged to phase out serving chicken raised on antibiotics that can also be used to treat humans. To understand the giant implications this has for the meat industry, consider my colleague Tom Philpott's previous reporting on the topic.…
  • Drone Pilots Are Quitting In Record Numbers

    5 March 2015, 5:03 pm by: Pratap Chatterjee

    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website.…
  • More American White Women Are Dying Prematurely

    5 March 2015, 4:47 pm by: Stephanie Mencimer

    The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could result in more than 8 million people losing their health insurance. The next day, the Urban Institute released a new report showing again just what's at stake in that case. Large swaths of the…
  • Ringling Bros. Announces It's Finally Ending Elephant Acts

    5 March 2015, 2:29 pm by: Inae Oh

    On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said it will end the use of elephant acts by 2018—a move that follows decades of mounting criticism and public concern over the show's abusive treatment of the animals. Ringling's parent company, Feld…
  • Even the Voting Problems Are Bigger in Texas

    5 March 2015, 1:22 pm by: Tim Murphy

    Battleground Texas, the effort by Obama vets to turn the nation's biggest red state blue, got off to a rough start last fall when Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis lost by 21 points. But now, as the organization looks to rebuild toward its long-term…
  • The Town From "True Blood" Is Filled With Toxic Explosives the EPA Fears Will Blow Up

    5 March 2015, 10:45 am by: Tim Murphy

    For the past few years, tiny Doyline, Louisiana, best known as the Southern Gothic setting of HBO's True Blood, has been perched next to a powder keg. Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to light a match.…
  • Erotic Poetry and $300 Board Games: The Trial Exposing Silicon Valley's Secrets

    5 March 2015, 6:45 am by: Rebecca Cohen

    Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao says the big-name VC firm she worked for, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, failed to promote her because she's a woman. She says she was pressured into an affair with a coworker and was fired when she complained, and she's…
  • Could Rubio's Past Slip-Ups Haunt a White House Bid?

    5 March 2015, 6:15 am by: Pema Levy

    Every day seems to bring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio closer to a presidential run. In recent weeks, the first-term senator has toured the early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, to promote his new, and very presidential-sounding book, American…
  • Who Will Win the Duggar Primary?

    5 March 2015, 6:00 am by: Tim Murphy

    It may be that the fastest-growing demographic in the Republican Party is pro-life, telegenic, homeschooled, and mostly under the age of 27—you know, the Duggars. As in the stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. …
  • Health Note

    4 March 2015, 8:32 pm by: Kevin Drum

    I suppose the lack of content makes it obvious, but today has been a very bad day. I haven't been able to sleep more than a few hours for the past few days, despite plenty of sleep meds. I'm completely exhausted, and not just because of the lack of sleep.…

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