Last weekend, a group of libertarians and anarchists gathered in the woods of northern New Hampshire for the annual Porcupine Freedom Festival, aka PorcFest.
I went up for breakfast.
Lucky for me, George Mandrik has brought along 150 lbs. of bacon, which he's selling out of a tent to finance his trip to the festival. He does this thing where he weaves 10 pieces of bacon into what he calls "a little blanket," and cooks the whole thing up.
Aimee Gerold, 14, spoke with her father, Bob, at StoryCorps in Pensacola, Fla.
Bob and Alice Gerold adopted Aimee when she was an infant; here, they pose for a family photo.
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Bob and Alice Gerold adopted their daughter, Aimee, from China when she was a baby. Now 14, Aimee has many questions about how her parents met, and why they decided to adopt. She spoke with her father recently to get the answers.
"How did you meet Mom?" Aimee asks.
"I can tell you the date: Sept. 14, 1984," Bob says.
Interrupting him, Aimee asks, "Back when dinosaurs roamed the land?"
"Yeah, I was protecting her from the dinosaurs," Bob says.
More specifically, Aimee asks, "So, when did she like, decide to date you?"
Steeped in a debate that sounds a lot like the one happening on the national stage, Minnesota is hours away from a government shutdown. State lawmakers have been unable to reach a compromise on how to close the state's $5 billion budget gap.
Residents listen during a public hearing on Florida's new Medicaid overhaul, in Miami Gardens, Fla., on June 16. The overhaul, championed by Gov. Rick Scott as an attempt to save the state money, still needs federal approval.
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July 1 is traditionally the day many new state laws take effect. This year it's also the day the spigot officially turns off for $90 billion that Washington has been funneling to the states since 2009 to help them cope with the ballooning costs of the Medicaid program for the poor.
You don't have to look very far to find a governor complaining about the high cost of Medicaid or what it's doing to his or her state's budget.