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Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are starting to shape the 2018 farm bill – a comprehensive food and agriculture bill passed about every five years. Most observers associate the...

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The election of Donald Trump may have surprised some observers, but many Californians felt a sense of déjà vu. Just over 20 years ago, the state passed Proposition 187. The campaign around this ballot...

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Should companies be doing more to make the world a better place? The world’s biggest money manager thinks so. He recently urged companies to contribute more to society if they want BlackRock as an...

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Who’s the most vulgar, racist, thin-skinned, vituperative U.S. president? As a historian of Reconstruction, I’ve always believed that it was Andrew Johnson. However, considering his astonishing first...

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U.S. natural gas production has boomed in the past decade, driving gas prices sharply downward. Natural gas has become a competitive choice for electricity generation, edging out coal. Because gas contains...

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Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves, filled with hot sulfuric vapors. At lower levels,...

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Toward the beginning of my new book “American Niceness: A Cultural History,” I recount Cuban writer José Martí’s 1894 essay “The Truth About the United States.” In it, he argues that polarities...

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As we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to celebrate love and, one the best parts about it, sex. As a doctor and epidemiologist who studies sex, I bring good news for Valentine’s Day. It’s not...

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Experts greeted the long-awaited details of President Donald Trump’s promise to unleash a US$1.5 trillion wave of new infrastructure spending with skepticism. There’s widespread concern about whether...

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Though refugee and migration crises have dominated headlines in recent years, most news stories exclude Brazil. That’s because of the world’s roughly 62.5 million forced migrants, according to the...