|Presidential pardon saves two turkeys.
At an annual White House ceremony, POTUS pardoned two turkeys, sparing them the fate of appearing on Americans’ plates tomorrow. The birds, named Chocolate and Chip, were not immediately available for comment, upon learning of their fate. Read more
How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades.
Robert Greenstein is not a household name. But for 40 years, he was one of the most powerful people in Washington, DC, with one of the most surprising jobs. He was the capitol’s de facto lobbyist for the poor, and he won countless fights that cumulatively directed hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of dollars to programs for low-income people. The odds are that you or someone you know got more services from the government — health insurance, more money, food assistance — because of his actions. Read more
How much extra are you paying for Thanksgiving this year?
If you’ve already gone shopping for your meal, you’ve already noticed that it’s a LOT more expensive than it normally is. Americans are bracing for a costly Thanksgiving this year, with double-digit percent increases in the price of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, canned pumpkin and other staples. The U.S. government estimates food prices will be up 9.5% to 10.5% this year; historically, they’ve risen only 2% annually. Read more