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This Chart Shows How Many People in Your State Are Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Bring out the carrots! According to a new report from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 13 percent of Americans eat enough fruit, and 9 percent eat enough vegetables. Researchers analyzed data from a 2013...Show More Summary

Megadonors Clamored for a Christie Run in 2012. Now? Not So Much

In an early stretch of the 2012 presidential contest, some of the GOP's biggest donors—including David Koch—were clamoring for Chris Christie to jump into the race. And had the New Jersey governor taken the leap, he seemed poised to Hoover up donations from the GOP elite. Show More Summary

Meet the Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Raising Money for Hillary Clinton

The story was originally published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Nearly all of the lobbyists bundling contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign...Show More Summary

The Senate Is Finally Trying to Help Puerto Rico With Its Crazy Debt Crisis

Three weeks after Puerto Rico's governor announced that the island's debts were "unpayable," the US Senate stepped in with a measure that could finally ease the worsening fiscal crisis. But the bill's odds of becoming law remain slim,...Show More Summary

This GOP Presidential Candidate Actually Believes in Climate Change. But He Doesn't Want to Fix It.

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, is announcing his bid for the presidency Tuesday. Unlike most of his GOP opponents, Kasich actually believes that climate change is real. "I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change," he told the Hill 2012. Show More Summary

This Guy's Crazy Art Project in the Nevada Desert Is 2016's Sleeper Campaign Issue

For the last half century, Michael Heizer has been working on a secretive project in an isolated patch of the Great Basin Desert in southeast Nevada. It is an abstract art installation, more than a mile in length and a quarter mile in width, inspired by the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and exhaustively carved out of concrete and dirt. Show More Summary

John Kasich Is Running for President. Here's What You Need to Know About Him.

After months of hinting at a possible presidential campaign, today Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make it official when he appears at Ohio State University, his alma mater, and announces his run for the GOP nomination. The 15th GOP contender in a field filled with big personalities, Kasich is wasting no time in beginning his tour of key primary states. Show More Summary

This Is What Happens When You Cross Donald Trump

Donald Trump sure doesn't take well to criticism. Each time a politician or commentator takes issue with a Trump-ism—and there seems to be no slight too petty for the billionaire to respond to—Trump blasts back with a tweet that ratchets up the rhetoric. Show More Summary

The Rent is Too Damn High in San Francisco, and It's Putting People on the Street

A new report shows that San Francisco is still struggling to house its homeless. According to the 2015 Point in Time Count—an in-person tally conducted in cities around the country every two years—the city's homeless population has remained roughly constant over the past decade, even as the numbers of chronically homeless people continue to decline. Show More Summary

What Poverty Does to Kids' Brains

A new study suggests that growing up poor affects brain development at an early age, and those brain changes can have huge effects on academic achievement. Researchers from Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison tracked nearly 400 children and young adults in a longitudinal study over the course of six years, between 2001 and 2007. Show More Summary

Yelp Is Pushing a Law to Shield Its Reviewers From Defamation Suits

Matthew White was getting nervous. It was the fall of 2013, and White believed he was stuck with a botched hardwood-floor job. The stairs weren't rebuilt to code, multiple doors would no longer fully open, boot prints were embedded in the varnish—the list went on. Show More Summary

It Takes How Much Electricity to Power an NFL Game?

Over the last few years, pro sports teams across the United States, often at the urging of environmentalist Allen Hershkowitz, have tried to go green. Solar panels installed at Seattle's CenturyLink Field in 2011 generate enough power for 95 homes. Show More Summary

Here's How You Can Make Meat Way More Sustainable

This story was originally published by Grist. Should we eat meat? That's the big question, which—for this series—I'm asking three different ways: in terms of environmental sustainability, morality, and practicality. Today, to begin:Show More Summary

These Are the 4 Marines Who Were Killed in the Chattanooga Mass Shooting

The US military has identified the four Marines killed on Thursday by a gunman who opened fire at two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While media attention is certain to continue focusing on the killer in the days ahead, the stories of the victims began to emerge into view on Friday. Show More Summary

Here's Why the Huffington Post Is Wrong About Donald Trump

My good pals at Huffington Post have announced a momentous decision: no longer will they treat Donald Trump—a.k.a. @realDonaldTrump—as a serious political candidate and afford him coverage in its news and politics verticals. Instead, they will relegate the tirade-prone and traffic-generating tycoon to the entertainment section. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Is Beating Hillary Clinton in the Goldman Sachs Primary

Over the past three months, Goldman Sachs employees have donated more than $147,000 to Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, helping him to an early lead in what might be called the Goldman Sachs primary. But winning the biggest share of contributions from the controversial, economic-crash-enhancing investment firm isn't going to be a cakewalk for Bush. Show More Summary

The Texas County Where Sandra Bland Died Is Fraught With Racial Tensions

Around 9 a.m. on Monday, Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old from Illinois, was found not breathing in a Waller County, Texas jail cell, where she was declared dead shortly thereafter. At a press conference on Thursday evening, Waller County...Show More Summary

When Schools Serve Pizza and Corn Dogs for Lunch, These Companies Make Bank

It's no secret that school lunch isn't exactly healthy—Cheetos, Domino's, and funnel cake are still fair game to serve to the millions of kids that receive free food under federal breakfast and lunch programs. A report released this week by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reveals which companies are profiting off of school meals. Show More Summary

Puerto Rico Is Doomed, and It's Our Fault

Greece may have overcome a major hurdle in fixing its economy this week, but Puerto Rico faces a more complicated obstacle to managing its crippling debt: its murky status as a US territory. "If Puerto Rico were a state, there wouldn't...Show More Summary

Ben Carson Burned a Ton of Cash on Live Music and Private Jets

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's latest fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission shows that his campaign brought in an impressive $8.5 million over the last three months—four times as much as Mike Huckabee, a politician with comparable appeal among Sean Hannity-watching conservative activists. Show More Summary

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