FROM Inimai Chettiar
Post-debate, separating crime facts from fiction Crime was a big topic in Monday night’s debate. Along with other claims about crime, Donald Trump said that almost 4,000 people have been killed in Chicago since President Obama took office, and Hillary Clinton said that violent crime is one half of what it was in 1991. Well, just in time for that debate, the FBI released new data on crime in America. Murders are up across the country, with 10 percent more murders last year than the year before. In Los Angeles, the increase was nearly 9 percent. Other cities saw a much more significant spike, including Baltimore, Chicago and St. Louis..
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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.
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.