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What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

Catchy title aside, this is a poignant story of poverty and culture in America, not to mention close-minded shortsightedness, but also one of hope and possibility. Nowhere is our health care system more broken and desperate than rural Mississippi. Can an approach used in Iran help save lives? ...

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USDA Announces Streamlined Disaster Designation Process with Lower Emergency Loan Rates and Greater CRP Flexibility in Disaster Areas

USDA Release No. 0228.12 WASHINGTON, July 11, 2012—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a package of program improvements that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers and ranchers devastated by natural disasters. Vilsack announced three significant improvements to decades-old USDA programs and processes related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifi ...

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How’s That Mom Stuff Working for You?

The Palins truly are an American family: in other words, they're all for sale. “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” on Lifetime shows a single mother who manages to maintain a fairly carefree life. ...

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Loch Ness Monster used to debunk evolution in state-funded school

You couldn't make this up. But these folks can. It sounds like a hoax, but it's apparently true: The Loch Ness Monster is on the science class syllabus for kids at Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana. As reported by the Herald Scotland (which must track all Loch Ness-related news), a school that will receive tax-payer dollars, will teach kids that the mythological sea creature is real in order ...

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This Column Is Not Sponsored by Anyone

Thomas Friedman May 12, 2012 Politics may have America divided, but markets do, too, especially in a society where everything is up for sale. Excerpts: PORING through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel’s new book, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, “I had no idea.” ..."I knew that stadiums are now named for corporations, but had ...

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Economic Hope — or Environmental Nightmare?

It's hard to know what to think.  Conservatives dismiss the environmental dangers of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and other technologies to extract natural gas from rock formations, but extol their economic benefits.  Liberals tend to downplay the economic potential but fear the damage to the environment.  Here's a pro-exploration piece. Economic hope — if Cuomo acts By ABBY W. SCHACHTER President Obama’ ...

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