Author Interviews
1:11 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Following Garbage's Long Journey Around The Earth

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:03 am

Americans generate more trash than anyone else on the planet: more than 7 pounds per person each day.

About 69 percent of that trash goes immediately into landfills. And most landfill trash is made up of containers and packaging — almost all of which should be recycled, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes,

"It's instant trash," he says. "We pay for this stuff, and it goes right into the waste bin, and we're not capturing it the way our recycling programs are intending us to capture it. We're just sticking it in the ground and building mountains out of it."

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Court Says Florida Governor's Order To Drug Test Employees Is Unconstitutional

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 1:54 pm

A district judge ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott cannot mandate random drug testing for state employees.

CNN reports:

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The Record
12:27 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do

Ian St. Pe of the band Black Lips performs at this year's Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. Like many of the artists on the bill, the band agreed not to book other shows in Southern California within months of the event.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:51 am

The massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival came to a close in California on Sunday after two weekends worth of sold-out shows by over 150 artists.

One of those acts was the Austin, Texas, band Explosions in the Sky, which first played Coachella back in 2007 and has seen its profile grow since then.

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It's All Politics
11:55 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Some Campaign Donors Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Isn't

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 12:09 pm

Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs, and with good reason.

Recent court rulings allow superPACs — which officially are independent of specific candidates — to raise and spend unlimited money to support their favorite politician or cause.

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The Salt
11:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Your 'Food Porn' Verdict? Keep The Photos Coming

NPR's Keith Jenkins has been known to document an especially tasty meal, like this pho tai from Pho DC.
Keith Jenkins NPR

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:25 am

Snarky comedians who mock people who share food photos on Facebook and Twitter (see this video) may be good for a chuckle, but they don't have the will of the people behind them.

That's what we've learned from our online survey this week, which asked: "Are your friends bombarding you with 'food porn'?"

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Thu April 26, 2012

With A Tweet, A's Player Unleashes Debate: Is 'Kiss Cam' Homophobic?

The video board at Busch Stadium is seen during a popular between-inning feature known as "Kiss Cam."
Jeff Roberson AP

Yesterday, in the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Gwen Knapp hailed a tweet from an Oakland Athletics' player as the dawn of the "age of enlightenment."

In short, pitcher Brandon McCarthy sent out a tweet that suggested the "Kiss Cam" — a feature shown on scoreboards across the country in which a camera focuses on couples in hopes of a kiss — was anti-gay.

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Planet Money
10:32 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Why The Postal Service Doesn't Want To Be Rescued

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:02 am

A bill passed by the Senate yesterday would help U.S. Postal Service keep post offices around the country open, NPR reports.

The Postal Service is not pleased.

The key issue: The Postal Service, which loses $25 million every single day, wants to save money by closing hundreds or thousands of post offices and shifting services to places like grocery stores.

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10:19 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Weekly Standard: Borrow And Spend Vs. Austerity

Students gather on front of riot policemen protecting the main entrance of the Mobile Word Congress during a student's demonstration against austerity measures in Education on Feb. 29, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Police beat and arrested youths, while rioters smashed windows and fires were lit in the streets of Barcelona.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 6:57 am

Irwin M. Stelzer writes for The Weekly Standard.

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10:13 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New Republic: The Misuse Of The German Example

Demonstrators march from Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament to protest against austerity measures as the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne prepares to leave 11 Downing Street on Budget Day March 21, 2012 in London, England. Great Britain has re-entered a recession.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:44 am

Alec MacGillis is a senior editor for The New Republic.

I don't usually wade into global economic policy here on the Stump, but as Mitt Romney reminded us in his speech last night, the 2012 presidential race is "still about the economy — and we're not stupid." So after coming across a particular pet peeve of mine just now, I'm going to wade on in.

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10:06 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Nation: Wars Of Attrition

Marine One with President Barack Obama onboard prepares to land on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2012.
Brendan Smialoski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 7:55 am

Nick Turse is the associate editor and research director of

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