FROM Nicole Perlroth
ISIS and Encryption Why didn’t the French have advance intelligence about Friday’s attacks? With all the surveillance going on, how could they have missed what had to be elaborate planning? For some, including California Senator Diane Feinstein, one answer is encryption. The terrorists may have used tools that evaded surveillance.
The US, China and a New Round of Cyberwarfare It's not just defense contractors and diplomats any more. Hackers traced to China have broken into the New York Times , Wall Street Journal , Washington Post and other major news outlets. Reporters themselves are not the targets. The most likely ones are the Chinese sources for reports on the personal fortunes of Party leaders. Are liberty -- and even lives -- at risk as they try to polish their own images and control the narrative both outside and inside the country? The Obama Administration is weighing retaliation if China won't play by the rules, but what are the rules? If the US was responsible for Stuxnet , how can it complain now?
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.
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.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.