FROM Liz Pulliam Weston
New Retirement Rules When you go to a financial adviser to figure out your retirement plan, that adviser is not required to act in your best interest. But a new rule working its way through the federal system would change that, and make it mandatory for retirement advisers to actually work for the people who hire them. It’s something President Obama has been pushing to get for years and it could finally go into effect in the next few months. What difference will it make?
New Rules for Credit Bureaus If your credit score is keeping you up at night, there’s a little good news this morning. A bad credit score, whether it’s accurate or not, can stand between you and buying a house or even getting a job. Now, the three big companies have agreed to make it easier for consumers to fix bad credit information. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion negotiated for a year with New York’s Attorney General before reaching an agreement that overhauls how the bureaus handle unpaid medical bills and disputes between creditors and consumers.
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.
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.