Middlebury Institute of International Studies
FROM Jeffrey Lewis
What is the actual nuclear launch protocol? One now-cliche question American voters have heard in this and previous presidential elections: “Who would you trust with the nuclear codes?” Donald Trump has been on the defensive recently about this question from his rival Hillary Clinton. Even members of his own party, like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, as well as fifty GOP national security officials, have expressed concern over Trump having access to the nuclear arsenal. Trump and his campaign have denied this is an issue. But how does the decision making process to deploy nuclear weapons really go down?
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.
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.