FROM Cecilia Kang
Are tech companies responsible for the spread of fake Russia-sponsored content? Facebook acknowledged on Monday before Congress that more than 126 million users potentially saw political ads bought by a Kremlin-linked company. Should the government regulate Facebook and Twitter, or should information on the internet roam free?
Fake news, real guns and a top Trump advisor "Pizzagate" and a top aide to Donald Trump. Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn arrives at Trump Tower in New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, November 29, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters) A Washington pizza restaurant called Comet Ping Pong first received abusive messages, then death threats and, finally, a visit by an armed man who said he was there to protect children from sex-abuse and trafficking. He fired shots, but hit no one and submitted to arrest when it turned out the reports he’d seen were untrue. But the source of those rumors has been traced to reports on social media circulated by the son of a powerful advisor to Donald Trump, as Cecilia Kang reports in the New York Times .
Squabble in the Skies: The FAA Goes to the Mat over Drones This holiday the drone wars reached new heights of inter-governmental office sparring. More than 20 states and some cities, including California and Los Angeles, passed laws regulating recreational drones this year. But the FAA swooped in this month with its own set of regulations for drones, claiming to have sole jurisdiction over the air. Whose rules apply, and what's a proud drone pilot to do?
Net Neutrality There is one internet... for now. But by a 3 to 2 decision the FCC voted today to potentially allow broadband providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast to make deals with content companies for preferential treatment. This could create a two-tier system for the internet: faster speeds for web companies willing to pay compared to ones who don’t.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.