February 2nd, 2016

The Short: "Why Iowa is so important in the presidential election"

by The Economist

It all started in 1972 when the Democratic Party changed its schedule to make Iowa the first state to hold its caucus. George McGovern’s better-than-expected performance in Iowa that year kick-started his campaign and the press and pundits have kept a close eye on the Hawkeye state ever since.

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The Long: "How MSG Got A Bad Rap: Flawed Science And Xenophobia"

by Anna Maria Barry-Jester (FiveThirtyEight)

Like many people, I thought MSG — monosodium glutamate, a chemical compound used to enhance the flavor of food — was bad for me, and I was sure I felt terrible every time I ate it. After all, I was sluggish and had headaches and achy limbs whenever I ate a big meal in Chinatown.

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