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Is free school lunch the next great American entitlement program?

July 1, 2015  •  The Hill

As Congress considers changes to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA), one little-known section of the law is expected to sharply increase the number of students receiving free lunch (and breakfast) over the next several years. This includes taxpayer-funded meals for students who would not have previously qualified under the old rules.

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The School Lunch Program With an Unappetizing Report Card
The first lady's project is plagued by complaints of inedible meals, wasted food and misspent funds.

June 17, 2015  •  The Wall Street Journal

Nearly five years after passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, mounting evidence suggests that the law may not be achieving either end. The well-intentioned signature policy of first lady Michelle Obama is an attempt to stem childhood obesity and hunger by providing healthier school meals. But as Congress prepares to reauthorize the program, which expires in September, lawmakers are sharpening their knives to address complaints of inedible meals, food waste and misspent funds.

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School Lunch Policy Discussion on Al Jazeera America

May 28, 2015  •  On Target with Ali Velshi

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Activists blur distinction between animal welfare, rights

May 21, 2015  •  San Diego Union-Tribune

What do Corky the orca and Hercules the chimpanzee have in common? Neither are "persons."

Although those facts seem noncontroversial, both required adjudication.

In April, it took a correction from Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe to establish that Hercules was not in fact a person eligible for a writ of habeas corpus. The New York Post reported that the judge "acknowledged that she inadvertently got turned into a monkey's uncle by signing court papers, submitted by (The Nonhuman Rights Project,) that inadvertently bestowed human status on two chimpanzees" used at a state university.

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Mark Bittman's 'A Bone To Pick' Continues His War On Food

May 19, 2015  •  Forbes

Don't let his bespectacled, mild-manner fool you: Mark Bittman is the foodie version of a war-monger.

"There's a war here," the New York Times columnist proclaimed at a food conference last year. His battle is America's next social justice crusade much like civil rights and suffrage. But this time, the oppressors are McDonald's, Wal-Mart and Monsanto. From soda to sugar to meat, Bittman has declared war on nearly every ingredient in the American food system.

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