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Why the Elderly Should Get Marijuana

"This article was made possible by the MetLife Journalists in Aging Fellows program, a project of the Gerontological Society of America and New America Media."

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Corporate Speech and Advertising Are at the Heart of Solving Gun Violence

The Obama Administration's gun-control agenda is unlikely to prevail unless it's accompanied by a wrenching national struggle on two fronts: re-thinking the "well regulated" part of the Second Amendment, and curbing paid corporate gun glorification that undermines "free" speech under the First Amendment. As the president said in his inaugural address, we must re-impose rules of fair play on markets.

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Don't Cut Social Security -- Double It

This article originally appeared at The Atlantic.

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Why America Can't Pass Gun Control

This article originally appeared at The Atlantic.

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Is Gulf Seafood Safe to Eat?

More than a year after last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a nagging question lingers: Is it safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico?

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Why Santa Barbara Is the Perfect Example of Our Messed Up Food System

Should you ever want to see firsthand how completely dysfunctional our modern food system is, I urge you to hop a flight to Santa Barbara, California.

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Huge Victory in the Fight For Fair Wages in Our Tomato Fields

One penny a pound might not seem like a very big raise, but when you pick a ton of tomatoes a day, as a Florida farm worker can, one penny represents a raise from $50 to $70, the difference between poverty and a livable (though still paltry) wage. And it doesn't seem radical to suggest that growers should abide by a reasonable code of conduct that includes a mechanism to address complaints, a health and safety program, and training sessions.

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Where the Salmonella Really Came From

It's been nearly one month since the nationwide recall of 550 million eggs, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still hasn't figured out where the salmonella that sickened 1,470 people originated.

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Could Dairies Double as Clean Power Plants?


There is one big difference between Green Mountain Dairy and most other large milk farms: it doesn't stink. When I pulled into the well-tended barnyard in northern Vermont last week, there was not a whiff of evidence to suggest that the place is home to 1,800 dairy cattle.

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