FROM Andrew Martin
The Powerful Pizza Lobby Five years ago, a powerful group formed to influence American politics. Not a presidential campaign or a Super PAC, but the American Pizza Community. Its a group that lobbies on behalf of pizza. Of the nearly 12,000 registered lobbyist groups in Washington, it’s the only one that represents a specific dish, and it has spent millions to influence policy makers. What do pizza’s proponents want?
143 Million Pounds of Beef Recalled In the past two years, the Hallmark Meat packing plant in Chino, California produced 143 million pounds of beef. Thirty-seven million pounds went to school lunch and other public nutrition programs. Now, most of it has already been eaten, but Hallmark has recalled it anyway. Andrew Martin is business reporter for the New York Times .
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.