Politicians Line Up to Blast Corbett Over Food Stamp Assets Tests; Don’t Fear the Fryer

• Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is latest politician to join a growing body of state and local lawmakers who are criticizing Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s plans to tie an assets test to food stamp recipients. [Inquirer]

• A new Spanish study suggests that fried food is not inherently unhealthy. Yes! [Times of India]

• However, Burger King’s new burger does not have the same distinction: The Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Double Angus packs more than 1,000 calories. [NYDN]

• The USDA’s “Plant Hardiness Zone Map” for gardeners, which hadn’t been updated since 1990, shows that warm zones have drifted northward. Cough, climate change, cough. [Salt/NPR]

• A U.K. teen who has subsisted solely on chicken nuggets since she was two was rushed to the hospital with all kinds of weird health issues. So, Twinkie Diet adherents shouldn’t get any ideas. [HuffPo]

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