subsidie another day

A Tea Party conservative just lost to a Trump supporter, because farm subsidies

Tim Huelskamp’s loss in Kansas has big implications for the farm bill, and the conservative movement.

Men Again

Who said it: Donald Trump or Jonathan Franzen?

Trump and Franzen both love birds -- and hearing themselves talk.


Our reporters peek behind the curtain at the national political conventions

In which we answer questions vital to the national discourse, like: What’s the dive bar beverage of choice for climate hawks?


Why are Democrats so bad at talking about climate change?

It’s hard to make global warming seem relevant to people's lives. Exhibit A: The Democratic convention


Trump disagrees with fellow Republicans on local fracking bans

The GOP candidate said communities should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to allow hydraulic fracturing.

the (local, organic) meat of the matter

Should colleges treat their students to fine dining or financial aid?

Malcolm Gladwell savaged Bowdoin for its lobster bakes. Can a college really have it all?

The poll shebang

Many young voters don’t see a difference between Clinton and Trump on climate

New polling makes the case that Democrats should highlight how they're different from Republicans on climate change and clean energy.


Civil rights group throws support to controversial desalination project

It would come at a high cost to vulnerable communities.


GMO labels are now the law of the land

President Obama signs bill requiring companies to label GMO foods.