Sonny Perdue

Gorge blaze takes bite from toll revenue, senators say

PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — The Eagle Creek wildfire burned up a significant slice of local ports’ operating revenue — and two Oregon …

Portland, OR

Minnesota, South Dakota farmers named to soybean board

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named farmers from Minnesota and South Dakota to the United Soybean Board.<p>Lawrence Sukalski of Fairmont, …

Business

Turkey farmers facing squeeze after Trump kills agriculture rules

A USDA decision is giving significant power to the multibillion-dollar meat industry, potentially crushing the smaller turkey farmers.<p>Ike Horst raises 22,000 turkeys a year on his farm in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania, selling them to a processing company that was providing him …

Agriculture

Best-laid plans to give chickens room to run are shelved with USDA organics rule

Strolling through a flock of free-roaming rust-colored hens, Christopher Nichols admits that no one truly knows whether his chickens are happier …

Agriculture

The Morning Jolt: Prepare to say good-bye to Confederate Avenue

Confederate flag runner Alan Keck (left) debates Grant Park resident Katie Kurumada (right) about the petition to change the name of Confederate …

Robert E. Lee

Mulvaney says administration doesn't want Obamacare fight over taxes

Congress is away, but the battle over Republicans' tax legislation raged on across the weekend.<p><b>MICK MULVANEY: WHITE HOUSE IS 'OK' WITH DUMPING MANDATE REPEAL FROM BILL —</b> The White House budget chief said Sunday that the administration doesn't want the emerging Obamacare fight to slow down …

Health Care

Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers

Omaha World-Herald. November 14, 2017<p>State follows voters' wishes with death penalty plans<p>The Ricketts administration is keeping the faith with …

Business

Cornyn: Congress gets say in renegotiated NAFTA

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican is making it clear: No changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement go anywhere without Congress’s say.<p>As trade …

News (U.S.)

China hawk Lighthizer increasingly influential in White House

You won't see him on cable news, but President Trump's hardline trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer is wielding extraordinary — and growing — …

U.S. Politics

Absurd ways the wealthy will benefit from the Senate's tax bill

Champagne in every pot and a private jet in every garage.

Louise Linton

Florida lawmakers incensed that Trump disaster plan doesn't include citrus relief | Naked Politics

@alextdaugherty<p>Last month, Florida Gov. <b>Rick Scott</b> and agriculture commissioner <b>Adam Putnam</b> came to Washington with a simple message: include disaster …

Trump Administration

The Sprout: Friday, November 17, 2017

Good afternoon and welcome to the Sprout, where your host can’t quite believe this break week is almost over. Where <i>did</i> the week go?<p>Here is today’s …

Canada

Who’d Gain From an Estate Tax Rollback: The 0.2 Percenters

Supporters and critics of the Republican tax bills argue over their effect on middle-class Americans, but there is one group that everyone agrees would come out ahead: the millionaires and billionaires who have to reckon with the estate tax.<p>As Steven Mnuchin, President Trump’s Treasury secretary, …

Politics

D.C.’s new Bible museum says it wants to avoid politics. But its opening gala is at the Trump hotel.

The leadership of the Museum of the Bible has been working hard in the run-up to this weekend’s opening to emphasize the inclusive<p>, academic, apolitical nature of the museum, which organizers say will be the world’s largest dedicated to the Bible and sits just off the Mall.<p>And so its opening …

Museums

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President Trump will nominate former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar as his Health and Human Services secretary, the president tweeted Monday …

Liberal View

Could NAFTA withdrawal push Iowa into another farm crisis? Ag leaders say it's possible.

CLOSE<p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue talks about the renegotiating of NAFTA, and explains his comments about a possible contingency plan …

Agriculture

NAFTA Largely Forgotten In Washington As Tax-Cut Fight Takes Centre Stage

WASHINGTON — A U.S. lawmaker dropped a remark this week that illustrated how NAFTA is not the No. 1 economic priority in Washington these days, …

Canadian News

Trump’s budget kills funds for clean tap water in struggling small towns

ST. JOSEPH, Louisiana – On a hot delta day, Roy Bowman fills a gallon jug from an Army green trailer-mounted water tank. All year, Bowman and his …

Liberal View

The Sprout: Yemen on the brink of deadly famine

Good morning and welcome to the Sprout, where your host hopes everyone is having a marvellous Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. In her house, that …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Industry Blindsided As Trump Administration Supports Obama-Era Menu Labeling Effort

Can this be the food industry’s worst nightmare come true?<p>For years, First Lady Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass tirelessly worked to urge the food industry to commit to producing healthier foods along with easier-to-decipher labeling on both foods and food-service menus. Their hard …

Michelle Obama

USDA gets kudos for respecting religious freedom

A new directive from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being viewed as a victory for religious freedom.<p>The Family Research Council (FRC) says the …

Conservative View

Dems push clearer GMO labeling

Senate Democrats are pushing the Agriculture Department to create a labeling standard for products made with genetically modified organisms (GMO) …

Agriculture

What Democrats Can Learn From An Atlanta Progressive’s Underdog Mayoral Bid

Former state Sen. Vincent Fort has spent his career building diverse coalitions for racial and economic justice.<p>ATLANTA ― The drab white-brick office space sits some 30 feet from Campbellton Road on an island of its own, with a chicken restaurant on one side and a fenced-off auto body shop on the …

HBCUs

Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists

The folks at the Department of Agriculture laid on a friendly welcome for the Trump transition team, but they soon discovered that most of his appointees were stunningly unqualified. With key U.S.D.A. programs—from food stamps to meat inspection, to grants and loans for rural development, to school …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Paul Ryan's poster family for middle-class tax cuts would ultimately get a tax hike

Oops.<p>Speaker Paul Ryan’s case for his tax bill makes a very specific claim — that a typical family of four will save $1,182 under this bill.<p>He made this claim during their press conference announcing the bill, and then hammered it home again and again and again in statements to the press and on …

Politics

How The Trump Administration Is Running The Department Of Agriculture

Today, President Trump's controversial pick for the top scientist position with USDA, Sam Clovis, pulled out of consideration for the job. Journalist Michael Lewis had been reporting on the Department of Agriculture under the Trump administration before Thursday. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with …

News (U.S.)

Sam Clovis admits his relevant experience for USDA post is: “None”

It looks like Sam Clovis, President Trump’s nominee for the top science position at the Department of Agriculture, is the latest person to notice …

Liberal View

Ex-Trump campaign official withdraws nomination for ag post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination as the Agriculture Department's chief scientist.<p>Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign national co-chairman and chief policy adviser, wrote in a letter …

Donald Trump

Australia's Richest 2017: The Billionaire Who's Going All In On Donald Trump

<b>This story is part of Forbes’ reporting on Australia’s 50 Richest 2017. See full coverage here.</b><p>Australia’s cardboard-box kingpin, Anthony Pratt, wagered $75,000 on Australian betting markets that Donald Trump would win the U.S. election last fall, netting him a tidy $350,000. Then, in May, Pratt …

Donald Trump

Get Ready to Eat Chickens Cooked in China

Click here for reuse options! Many Chinese imports are already rejected because they contain pesticides, bacteria and other filth.China has sold rat …

Liberal View