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Here's Why Trump Is Having a Cow Over Canadian Milk. Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP; mihtiander/iStock Donald Trump hasn't done much in his young presidency to delight high-powered Democratic lawmakers like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Here's Why Trump Is Having a Cow Over Canadian Milk

But last week, Trump did just that when he picked a fight with Canada's dairy farmers, after receiving a letter urging him to do so from Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sen. America's Cult of Ignorance. More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by.

America's Cult of Ignorance

So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we do? “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”

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The Despair of Poor White Americans. Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of modest means.

The Despair of Poor White Americans

Early in the Obama era, the ennobling language of campaign pundits prevailed. There was much discussion of “white working-class voters,” with whom the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama, were having such trouble connecting. Rural America confronts a new class divide. HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. — The rows of low-slung plants under the hot Georgia sun are deceptive: It’s what grows underground that counts.

Rural America confronts a new class divide

“I love this dirt more than anything – except my son,” says farmhand Franklin “Spanky” Laidler, jumping off his red tractor onto a field where peanuts burrow in the ground. For many, that love of this sandy Southern soil is more than just a way of life, it’s a wealth generator. Mr. Laidler says he works so much that if he was paid hourly instead of salaried, “I’d be a millionaire.”

Why Men Are Disappearing From the Workforce. Better design could solve the debate about gendered bathrooms. (Laura Norén) The public restroom, with its demand that we do something private near colleagues or strangers, provokes all sorts of fears: fear of germs, fear of bodily functions, fear of others thinking we are gross, fear of finding ourselves to be gross, fear of not fitting in and, perhaps the most politically challenging, fear of the other.

Better design could solve the debate about gendered bathrooms

Confederate Monuments and Their Complicated Legacy. For most Americans, today is the second day of work this week.

Confederate Monuments and Their Complicated Legacy

But state employees in Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia are just kicking off the work week: They had Monday off for Confederate Memorial Day. Last July, it seemed like the momentum against the Confederacy had turned definitively, the biggest reversal since July of 1863. After the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina lowered the Confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds. Why Is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries? If you’re a dedicated Wilsonian, the past quarter-century must have been pretty discouraging.

Why Is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries?

Convinced liberal democracy was the only viable political formula for a globalizing world, the last three U.S. administrations embraced Wilsonian ideals and made democracy promotion a key element of U.S. foreign policy. For Bill Clinton, it was the “National Security Strategy of Engagement and Enlargement.”

For George W. Businessinsider. A more inclusive military won't matter if young people won't include themselves. Besides being a commonsense admission that the best-qualified person – whatever their gender, faith or orientation – should be hired for a job, the last half-decade of increased inclusivity in the US military has also seen poignant victories for equal rights.

A more inclusive military won't matter if young people won't include themselves

It began with gay people being allowed to openly serve in 2011, and it includes this month’s announcement that all combat roles will open to women and growing criticism of the barriers to service that trans people and religious minorities face. But before we pat ourselves on the back for having a progressive military that’s “on the right side of history”, a parallel and equally profound change should complicate our adulation: millennials are content to send their gay, female and Sikh friends to die on their behalf without a willingness to sacrifice themselves. The Geography of Well-Being. Economic growth has long been the basic metric through which we evaluate economic and social progress.

The Geography of Well-Being

But a growing number of policymakers and experts argue that we need a better way to measure “well being.” In a report released today, the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project takes a crack at it with their own metric.