It's the opposite of a nod to economic inequality. Congress is getting ready to scotch nearly $9 billion in food stamp subsidies for (increasingly working) poor Americans in favor of increasing subsidies paid to wealthy corporate farms. Democratic leadership is going along because this latest version of the farm bill is better than the $40 billion in food stamp cuts Republicans originally sought.
And yet economic growth has been buoyed by beautiful and vital consumer spending. The GDP grew by 3.2 percent over the last quarter. And economists are quietly hopeful next year will be the best since the recession ended four years ago. Unless it's terrible.
Ukraine's president, watching his country rent by an almost-civil-war thanks to pro-Russia policies that have sent hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets, has taken "sick leave."
Recent Russian missile tests, meanwhile, appear to stand in stark violation of a 27-year-old treaty that helped drive the first nails into the Cold War's coffin. The White House is waiting before it formally declares a breach.
Iran has denied a central assertion in President Obama's State of the Union speech. Any claim that its willingness to talk nukes was driven by crippling economic sanctions, it says, is a "delusion."
Syria's violent, terrible civil war could be training and tempering an entire generation of European jihadis eager to show off their newly honed skills and brimming passion for revolution.
Hillary Clinton, despite being undeclared, remains the presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. A new poll gives her major leads over VP Joe Biden and populist Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The congressman caught on video threatening to kick the snot out of a New York TV reporter who asked him about corruption allegations has decided to say he's sorry he got caught on video threatening to kick the snot out a TV reporter.
Utah bigots, backed by actual Republican lawmakers, hope residents can divert part of their tax refunds to the court fight trying to restore the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The chaotic alien that lived in Britney Spears is totally living in Justin Bieber right now.
Scientists are vetting a seemingly simple and easy breakthrough in stem cell research: growing and reprogramming "mature animal cells" so they work like embryonic stem cells—far less controversial than harvesting the stem cells from actual embryos.
Portland parents pay attention. Teachers in Portland Public Schools will vote next Wednesday on whether to authorize a strike.
SOMEHOW A CREEPY CHRISTIAN ANTI-MASTURBATION VIDEO GETS EVEN CREEPIER (BUT FUNNIER!) WHEN THAT ONE FORMERLY UBIQUITOUS SONG BY 50 CENT IS DUBBED OVER IT.
Get the best of the Mercury each week in your inbox!