Trans Fats to Be Illegal


by James Hamblin,  The Atlantic

For years, granola bars were like balsa wood. They could be instruments of blunt force trauma. I’m not certain, but I believe several people were killed when they tripped and were impaled by granola bars. Continue reading

The Real Meaning of Obama’s Trade Defeat


by Robert Kuttner,  The American Prospect

The labor movement won big in the defeat of the trade package Friday. But a lot of the commentators are somewhat mystified.  Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of Two Florida Stoners Who Made It Big as Gunrunners


by Guy Lawson,  Talking Points Memo

On January 26, 2007, David Packouz was parking his Mazda Protégé in the lot of his dive apartment building when his cell phone rang. Continue reading

Trans Fixed


by Gavin McInnes,  Taki’s Magazine

In the article that shut down my life, “Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural,” I likened sex-change surgery to self-mutilation. Continue reading

Diaz-Balart Gumming Up Obama’s Cuba Thaw Plans


by Emma Dumain,  Roll Call

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is not a quiet man. The gregarious Florida Republican, known for sudden eruptions of laughter and dramatic gesticulations, is hard to miss in a crowd.  Continue reading

Hastert case points to a much bigger source of scandal


by Bill Allison,  Sunlight Foundation

The biggest scandal involving former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has little to do with the one he faced in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges this week. Continue reading

America’s Most Advanced Climate Station Data Shows US In A 10-Year Cooling Trend


by Michael Bastasch, The Daily Caller

Data from America’s most advanced climate monitoring system shows the U.S. has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade, despite recent claims by government scientists that warming has accelerated worldwide during that time. Continue reading

Potent Pesticide Still Used at Levels That Defy Scientists’ Warnings


by Andrew Donohue and Bernice Yeung,  Truthout

California continues to allow one of agriculture’s most popular and potent chemicals to be used under rules its own toxicologists have said aren’t scientifically sound. Continue reading

For-profit hospitals mark up prices by more than 1,000 percent because there’s nothing to stop them


by Wendell Potter, The Center for Public Integrity

If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs. Continue reading

It’s Time to Reclaim Our Liberty


by Roger Pilon,  Cato Institute

n June 15 we Americans, along with our English cousins, will celebrate the day 800 years ago when English barons, on the fields of Runnymede, first brought the arbitrary reign of a king under the rule of law through a written document, Magna Carta. Continue reading