Pistachio trees at a field that farmers left behind due to the lack of water

Pistachio trees at a field that farmers left behind due to the lack of water / Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting increased trade with Iran, despite clear opposition to this policy by the Trump White House, according to multiple sources who described the agency’s behavior as rogue and part of a lingering effort by the former Obama administration to promote international trade with the Islamic Republic.

Sen. Young: Reform Foreign Aid and Development Assistance Programs

Sen. Todd Young

Sen. Todd Young (R., Ind.) called for Congress to reform the way in which the United States provides foreign aid and development assistance to struggling countries, while speaking before a panel of experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday.

Kid Rock Leads in New Michigan Senate Poll

Musician Robert Ritchie, known professionally as “Kid Rock,” is leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) in a hypothetical 2018 Senate race in Michigan, according to a new Delphi Analytica poll.

On the Road

Since the completion of the interstate highway system, we have paid for transportation—and paid a lot: 40,200 deaths last year, up 6 percent from the 37,757 automotive fatalities of the year before. By a huge margin, car wrecks are the leading accidental cause of death in America. Year after year, we hurtle down the road in multi-ton machines and smear our blood across the asphalt.

Inside the Ring: Military Building for Info Warfare

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate this week that the military is taking steps to improve its capabilities for countering and conducting information warfare — the use of cyberattacks and influence operations.

NYT Never Wrote ‘Obama Can’t Get It’ on Health Care in 2009

New York Times

President Donald Trump bemoaned the negative press coverage of the Republican-majority Senate’s failed attempt at repealing Obamacare, while speaking with the New York Times during his interview on Wednesday. One of the Times reporters, Peter Baker, assured Trump that the Times had been just as tough on former President Barack Obama in their coverage of his attempts to pass Obamacare in 2009.

Sen. Young: Reform Foreign Aid and Development Assistance Programs

Sen. Todd Young

Sen. Todd Young (R., Ind.) called for Congress to reform the way in which the United States provides foreign aid and development assistance to struggling countries, while speaking before a panel of experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday.

Kid Rock Leads in New Michigan Senate Poll

Musician Robert Ritchie, known professionally as “Kid Rock,” is leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) in a hypothetical 2018 Senate race in Michigan, according to a new Delphi Analytica poll.