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FROM Maureen Dowd
Maureen Dowd on 'The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.' It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. The first heavyweight battle (a.k.a. debate) between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump happens Monday . For some insight into these two personalities, we turn to Maureen Dowd. She’s been covering them both for two decades for her Pulitzer-Prize winning column in the New York Times. Now she’s collected a lot of those columns, along with some new writing, in a book: “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.”
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.
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.
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.