Individual states have little say in the global trade policies of America, but some have been threatened much more than others by increased international competition.

The federal government provides job training, relocation allowances and wage subsidies to workers who have had their jobs lost or threatened by trade. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect two decades ago, more than 2.7 million workers have qualified for the program — called Trade Adjustment Assistance — most from manufacturing industries.

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“I keep seeing this rosé story, the rosé shortage in the Hamptons. And all I want to do is grab a big bottle of pink wine and Snapchat photos of me drinking it to Sally Quinn.”
— Overheard at The Washington Post


The Simpsons + Mondrian + Wine 

"Wine, or maybe not? is a playful, minimalist wine bottle design project that will bring a smile to your face. Inspired by the style of famous Dutch painter Pieter Mondrian, the collaborative project was developed by Russian artist Constantin Bolimond and Dmitry Patsukevich in 1987, the same year The Simpsons first aired on The Tracey Ullman Show. And, the contents of the bottle have remained a mystery ever since.” 

Here’s our recent Simpsons tribute


Fantasy football strength of schedule

Every fantasy season, we owners fight for bragging rights and trash-talking privileges by using super-secret strategies to draft the best starting lineups. One of the not-so-secret strategies is using strength of schedule (SoS) to gauge which player an owner may choose over another. Do you go for broke and put your fantasy season on the line with the likes of the Titans quarterback, Jake Locker, who has the most favorable schedule this season but totes a grim 50.0 quarterback rating (QBR) during his three-year career? Or do you draft reigning fantasy points leader, Peyton Manning, who is projected to have the toughest schedule of all field generals? Whatever drafting method you use, The Washington Post has tried to make your draft picks a little easier. The chart below ranks the projected degree of difficulty for each team’s offensive positions.

Instead of “no means no” – the phrase commonly associated with sexual assault prevention – the law would require “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” by each party to engage in sexual activity.

Breaking: There is a rosé shortage in the Hamptons

Journalist 1: But you’d be doing nothing. Won’t you get bored? 

Journalist 2: I do “nothing” really well. 


It has been a slow week of reruns, so this happened. 



NPR’s Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.

Rev. Willis Johnson, the pastor of Wellspring Church, hosted a community conversation Thursday night that drew about 200 people to the church. In welcoming the audience, Johnson acknowledged he’s “gone from feeling hurt, to wanting to hurt,” but he said he hoped the event would be a step to healing a “community in trauma.”

Plea To Ferguson’s Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt

Photo credit: Whitney Curtis for NPR

“This is what happens when the bonds of trust and respect that hold any community together fray. Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that.”