President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday. Pool/Getty Images

In Short…

Obama’s executive action:
— Delays the deportation of the undocumented parents of children who are in the country legally.
— It also protects any children who were brought to this country illegally before January 1, 2010.
— It directs immigration officials to concentrate on deporting criminals and those who pose a threat to national security. (via NPR)
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Today’s Question: Do you agree with Obama’s immigration plan?

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“A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism,” reports the Associated Press.

The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion people — some 30 percent of the global population — are overweight or obese.

It also offers the stark prediction that nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 should the present trends continue.

McKinsey says there’s no single or simple solution to the problem, but global disagreement on how to move forward is hurting progress. The analysis is meant to offer a starting point on the elements of a possible strategy.

Today’s Question: How should we combat obesity?

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Buffalo might be covered in snow, but at least we’re covered in grape salad. (Tim Post / MPR News)

Salad rarely sets off social media outrage but this time the New York Times has really ticked off some  Minnesotans.

For Thanksgiving, the Times’ food team “scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each state.” The Minnesota pick: Grape salad.


Grape salad? Why, yes: Grapes + sour cream + brown sugar = Minnesota in a dish. Didn’t you know?

Minnesotans immediately unleashed a torrent of Internet indignation, betraying every bit of our flyover-country insecurity. The recipe’s origins on the family table of an unnamed “Minnesota heiress”? Thoroughly mocked.

Chef Amy Thielen spoke with MPR News’ Tom Crann about “Grapegate”:

And Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine’s Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl had this to say:

So: How can we remedy this, Minnesota? What is the Thanksgiving-worthy dish that best evokes us?

Is it stereotypical Tater-tot hotdish? Chicken larb? Homemade injera? Banh mi? Vermicelli salad? Lefse? Pulla?

What do we want America to know about who we are through what we eat? (And: Who are we, anyway?)


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