Philip Bump

Philip Bump wrote about the news for Gristmill. He now writes for The Atlantic Wire.

Koch Industries offers its employees a handy voter guide

The Koch brothers suggest that employees vote for Mitt Romney and lots of other Republicans.

Murray Energy coal miners make another appearance in an anti-Obama ad

Ohio coal miners call on Obama to drop an ad saying they were coerced to attend a Romney rally, even though they were coerced to attend a Romney rally.

Global food prices to spike, reserves to plummet in 2013

That food you're eating right now? You may want put it in a safety deposit box, because global price spikes and plummeting reserves mean some places could go hungry as soon as 2013.

Nigerians take their case against Shell Oil to a Dutch court

Four men from small villages in the Niger Delta hope to hold Shell accountable for a series of pipeline leaks.

Pumpkin crop defies drought, prepares for evisceration

The drought devastated corn and soybean crops, but pumpkins thrive in dry weather. We figure pumpkin prices will peak somewhere around January.

Massive offshore wind project could generate 70,000 new jobs

The Atlantic Wind Connection would also generate $19 billion in revenue for participating states. So that seems like a pretty good deal.

New York Times journalists detained while covering TransCanada protests

In a statement, the company said that the Times "did not have the right to report" at that location. Because the First Amendment is location-specific.

The food industry’s self-regulation is a spectacular failure

Rules that could help fend off food-borne illnesses are being held up at the White House.

Obama OKs first new oil refinery in 30 years three weeks before Election Day

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has given the thumbs-up to plans for a new oil refinery in North Dakota. Curious timing?