The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.5

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To those of you who took a break from Gut Check over the past couple of weeks -- Google Analytics don't lie, friends! -- welcome back and happy new year.

Be sure to read back over the past two weeks' posts for various bits of news, both local and national.

We were supposed to launch a new blog design today, but as you can see, not yet. Fingers crossed...

Farmer, essayist and activist Wendell Berry argues for a new, "50-year" farm bill. (New York Times)

The iconic New York restaurant the Rainbow Room (atop Rockefeller Center) is closing. (New York Daily News)

A federal judge rules that there is no religious exemption for smuggling monkey meat into the country. (AP)

- Ian Froeb

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