Reading Time: 8 minutes Vertical farmers are bringing agriculture inside — and launching baby greens into outer space. But will political and marketplace realities bring vertical farming back down to earth?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy message wasn’t always consistent, but he was seen as an anti-interventionist compared to his opponent Hillary Clinton. Now in the White House, as with many presidents before him, that’s all going down the drain.
Reading Time: 28 minutes Barrett Brown was almost put away for over 100 years. His crime: publicizing documents that reveal the shadowy world of intelligence contracting in the post-9/11 era.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Voters in one key state will decide this November on a ballot initiative aiming to control the wild spikes in drug prices. Will consumer outrage at the ever-rising cost of medication translate into support for similar actions across the country? Or will Big Pharma and the politicians it funds nip this burgeoning movement in the bud?
Reading Time: 6 minutes The digital online currency bitcoin has had a meteoric yet volatile rise, recently surpassing $3,000 per coin in exchange markets. Its proponents praise its decentralized, regulation immune design. But what risks does it entail?
Reading Time: 12 minutes President Donald Trump’s tax reform outline calls for eliminating breaks for special interests, while dramatically lowering the overall corporate tax rate. But certain tax loopholes for Big Oil have proven especially difficult, even dangerous, to remove.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Remember Flint, Michigan? Congress has appointed an all-powerful board of emergency managers that threaten to ruin the lives of three million Puerto Ricans.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Congress, White House collude to roll back rules and defund safety agencies, endangering millions of workers.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Tuition at Fordham University is among the highest in the world, but many members of its faculty rely on government assistance to make ends meet. Citing religious reasons, the Jesuit school is now trying to prevent professors from unionizing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Last spring, a report published on the EPA’s website said glyphosate does not cause cancer. It disappeared within a week and an advocacy group’s efforts to obtain the information has been met with silence. Now it is suing for access.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education reminds us of our earlier story about a law that allows public schools to teach alternatives to established scientific facts.
Reading Time: 5 minutes President Donald Trump has railed against China for stealing US jobs. But the Asian giant is struggling with some of the same problems American manufacturers face and some Chinese companies are even finding it cheaper to move their factories to the US.
Reading Time: 15 minutes Millions of Americans are living in poverty or paycheck to paycheck; they are homeless, undergoing eviction, or are burdened with underwater mortgages. Why does the “recovery” look so hopeless?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Agriculture’s biggest deal ever — the Bayer-Monsanto merger — would leave farmers and consumers paying more for less, and could accelerate a catastrophic decline in the diversity of what we plant and eat.
Reading Time: 3 minutes An activist who took on local politicans and a major corporation ended up in jail. But his troubles didn’t stop there.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Just a few weeks ago, the two massive trade deals President Barack Obama wants to complete before leaving office looked to be in trouble. But in politics, never count out anything on the wish list of multinational corporations.
Reading Time: 8 minutes The stories of three people who, despite great odds, had the courage and imagination to reinvent themselves — and not only change their own lives but the lives of others. (Part 2 of a two-part series.)
Reading Time: 9 minutes As the rich get richer, things are not getting easier for American workers. In a two-part Labor Day series, WhoWhatWhy examines the challenges they face as the economy changes yet again.
Reading Time: 3 minutes It has been a very bad week for the trade deals that President Barack Obama wants to complete before leaving office. Deals that could have a bad effect on your health, the environment, your business, and the US economy.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The US offers safe havens to criminals using secret shell companies. Recent scandals are pushing Congress to act, but reforms are opposed by lawyers and by the states that profit from selling secrecy.