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You know things are bad in the pork industry when the whistleblowers aren't animal rights activists but the government itself. In May, the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of the Inspector General exposed extreme sanitation and humane violations in 30 swine slaughterhouses it visited.

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Every holiday season, glossy brochures from Heifer International arrive in US mailboxes tempting people to send the gift of live animals to people in poor countries. Photos show happy kids hugging happy animals and assure givers the animals will provide meat, milk, eggs and wool in perpetuity. Wrong

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A new strategy to cripple Obamacare, a legal loss for contraception critics, EPA to review fire retardant toxicity and more from our Daily Briefing.

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The cost of insuring the uninsured, preparing for aging baby boomers, genetically modified mosquitoes, chemical regulations and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Pills prices, agricultural antibiotics, Medicare politics, fracking and more from our Daily Briefing.

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How culpable is an international food conglomerate for the waistlines of kids in your neighborhood?

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Finding and doing meaningful work can be challenging, but in 2012, let's try to focus on the joys of being a journalist.

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Agile project management is built around flexibility, quick decision-making and an ability to make course corrections when confronted with new ideas and new information. Agile reporting approaches news gathering as a two-way conversation with the audience.

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Global health journalist Sam Loewenberg is passionate about his work. But if you really want to get a rise out of him, ask him to talk about how media organizations treat freelance journalists trying to do serious journalism.  

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States cut back on HIV/AIDS drugs for the poor, Nevada's smoking ban lowers heart attacks and stroke, and a Medicaid success story, plus more in our Daily Briefing.

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