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.
'A Square Meal,' a kosher slaughter and Ukrainian Easter eggs Historian Andrew Coe explains how the Great Depression altered the 1930s’ food landscape, and contributor Sam Brasch witnesses a kosher slaughter. Artist Sofika Zielyk shows us how to decorate Ukrainian Easter eggs, Sandor Katz discusses his latest fermentation projects, and Dana Cree introduces her new book, “Hello, My Name is Ice Cream.” Plus: Laura Avery finds Swiss chard at the market, and Jonathan Gold dines at Kismet.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.