FROM Judith Flanders
The Making of Home The holiday season brings to mind images of home -- and gathering with friends and family around the dinner table, or the fire in low-lit living rooms. But what does home really mean? And when is a house not a home? Extended families used to do everything together under one roof; curtains offended Lutherans, and window panes were packed up for the holidays. These are just some of the revelations in Judith Flanders’ new book, The Making of Home . She talks about how the 500 year quest for more privacy and more creature comforts has changed the way we live.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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.
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?