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USDA Continues to Lie About Pigford Fraud Despite Lawyer Statements

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

The fraud of Pigford is real. It's tens of millions of dollars, at least. The USDA knows about it. They aren't telling the truth and unfortunately, if we're going to get to the truth it's going to have to come from Republican-led hearings.

The Media's Failure to Report on Pigford Hurts Black Farmers

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

The story the press wants you to hear about Pigford is an overly simple one. But it's a very complex story, and not something that can be explained easily between two commercial breaks.

Why Anderson Cooper Botched the Billion Dollar Pigford Story

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

One of the worst things about the racist charge is that too often, it's a distraction. A sideshow. In constructing their hyped up news segments, the mainstream TV shows miss the actual story.

Food and Farming in Obama's First 100 Days

Michael Pollan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Pollan

Perhaps the most encouraging action so far has come from the East Wing, where Michelle Obama has been speaking out about the importance of real, fresh food, home cooking and gardening.

Federal Audit Finds Rampant Abuses of Show Horses; Agency Reform Promised

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Horse show industry groups are certified by the USDA to hire, train and license inspectors who are responsible for examining horses at shows for illegal soring.That's right, industry self-regulation.

Vilsack Changes Tune on the Ethanol Tariff

Joel Velasco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joel Velasco

Tom Vilsack should remember that there's wisdom -- and benefits for Americans in the form of lower fuel prices and taxpayer savings -- to be found in fostering competition.

Iowa Democrats Not Alone In Support Of Gay Rights Amid Attack On Judges

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
TylerKingkade

Iowa Democrats have put their support behind the three State Supreme Court judges targeted by conservative activists for their 2009 unanimous decisio...

Feds Lack Emergency Plans For Flooding

AP | CHUCK BARTELS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges in a new report that the agency had no warning plan in place the night 20 people died i...

U.S. Launches Renewable Energy Initiative Focused On Biofuel

Yahoo! News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The United States launched a renewable energy initiative to boost biofuel production to create jobs, lessen the effects of climate change and wean the...

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Strikes Back At Critics

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
TylerKingkade

AMES, IOWA -- Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus fired back Tuesday against critics seeking to oust her and two other justices who were a ...

Drinking Sugar

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Why should we taxpayers subsidize obesity and the medical costs that caring for diabetes would require? Why should kids be brought up on sugar water?

Better than TV (or that work email)! Live Stream of the GreenGov Conference

Frank Sesno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frank Sesno

Today we launch the first day of the Green Gov Conference held at George Washington University in Washington DC. Administration officials Steven Chu, ...

Ninety Years On - Will the Feds Finally Break Up the Meat Monopoly?

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

In 1919 the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported to President Woodrow Wilson on a months-long investigation that produced seven volumes of evide...

Meet Your Meat: Why We All Should Care Where Our Burger Comes From

Sam Schabacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sam Schabacker

As corporations increasingly own the animals on giant feedlots they control, they are able to suppress the price independent ranchers across the state can get for their livestock.

Tom Vilsack Offered To Resign Over Shirley Sherrod Debacle

Politico | Roger Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...In a 75-minute, exclusive interview Tuesday, [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack told me about his initial suspension of Shirley Sherrod and his su...

Marcus Baram

Ms. Sherrod Goes To Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department employee forced to resign after an edited video clip gave the false impression that she had discriminated ...

Friday Talking Points [132] -- The DMV? Really?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week, this column took a week off, due to an extended trip into the desert for the Netroots Nation convention. But now, we turn our sights back ...

What Journalism Students Can Learn From Shirley Sherrod, JournoList

Matt Vasilogambros | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Matt Vasilogambros

Take note of what happened in the world of journalism this summer. As we've seen, even professionals continue to adapt to the industry and learn from the actions of their colleagues.

Agriculture Secretary Puts The Brakes On New Roads In National Forests

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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Gaggle of Problems With New York Plans to Kill Canada Geese

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wayne Pacelle

Officials plan to kill more than 150,000 Canada geese in New York alone. Brooklyn was shocked when 400 Prospect Park geese were killed. In our day, such mass slaughter is wrong and unacceptable.

Will President Obama Have Another "Beer Summit" After the Shirley Sherrod Fiasco?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dexter Rogers

At the end of the day, those at the top will not give up what they've accumulated via oppression without being forced to do so.

Does Anyone Remember That Tom Vilsack Ran for President in 2008?

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

Before Monday, when he fired USDA bureaucrat Shirley Sherrod and then had to beg her to return, not that many people had ever heard of Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa.

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama signed the financial regulation bill, Facebook signed up its 500 millionth member, and the Senate Judiciary committee signed off on Elena Kagan. But the news cycle was dominated by the media frenzy over Shirley Sherrod. BigGovernment.com turned the obscure USDA worker's tale of racial awakening into a grainy video snippet "proving" reverse racism. Fox News tore into the story like rabid jackals with a taste for blood and race baiting (Shepard Smith was a noble exception). Tom Vilsack revealed an itchy trigger finger, having an underling force Sherrod to resign via BlackBerry because "you are going to be on Glenn Beck tonight." So the administration left no doubt it's afraid of Beck's shadow, and the president insisted that the buck stops... somewhere else, pointing the finger at the "media culture." The White House and a shamed media want to brand this a "teachable moment" but will the lesson stick?

NAACP Still Hasn't Atoned for Sherrod Blunder

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

NAACP president Ben Jealous caught holy hell from black bloggers for his astoundingly embarrassing rush to judgment applauding the curb toss of Shir...