FROM Joshua Brustein
Rejecting Apple Pay It’s been one week since the launch of Apple’s new mobile payment app, the appropriately named Apple Pay. But some retailers didn’t get the memo: CVS and Rite-Aid have both rejected Apple Pay, along with Google Wallet and other mobile payment apps. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, is planning its own mobile payment technology. What’s in store for consumers?
Could the Post Office Be a Bank for the Poor? With almost no banks in their neighborhoods, 68 million Americans don't have checking or savings accounts. Fees to pay-day lenders and other financial predators cost some 10% of their incomes. That's according to the Inspector General of the Postal Service , who says his agency may have a solution. With three fifths of all post offices in ZIP codes with only one bank or no banks at all, the Postal Service is well positioned to provide such financial services. The banking industry doesn't like it.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
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.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.