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Why Sen. Sherrod Brown loves to quote Tolstoy

Why Sen. Sherrod Brown loves to quote TolstoySherrod Brown was never one to do that. More workhorse than show horse, the Democratic senator from Ohio has made a career of focusing on the needs of working people in a state that epitomizes Middle America. Now Senator Brown is thinking of running for the top job, and the political world is on high alert.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:52:17 -0500
Slow and steady, the American prairies grow

Slow and steady, the American prairies growA vibrant sea of grasses once flowed across the North American continent: the great prairies that Laura Ingalls Wilder described as spreading to the edge of the sky. All but a fraction vanished during the 19th century as migrants from Europe advanced across the heart of America, plowing the land into farms and settlements. Most people, I think, would drive past a prairie and just see a lot of boring grass, says Chris Helzer, director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska and author of a popular prairie photography blog. Over the last three decades, a dedicated community of conservationists and land managers has worked to preserve American grasslands in all their manifold forms: the tallgrass, shortgrass, and mixed-grass prairies of the Midwest, as well as lesser-known varieties, such as the northwest prairies in Oregon and Washington, or the sandplain grasslands in Massachusetts.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:00:01 -0500
Global Newsstand: The EU is more unified than many people think, and more

Global Newsstand: The EU is more unified than many people think, and moreThe notion that the European Union has never been less united than now has taken hold in the public consciousness, writes Miguel Otero Iglesias. The recurring theme is that EU countries are unable to agree on euro reforms, on migratory flow management, on how to deal with growing aggressiveness from the US, Russia and China.... Divisions exist, and they are serious, but a calm and collected analysis, with historical perspective, shows that Europe is probably more united today than ever before. When it comes to internet censorship, Russia has long followed Chinas example..., writes Leonid Kovachich.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 06:00:01 -0500
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