FROM Stephanie Feldstein
America's Diet…and the Environment? Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issues a report used to shape federal nutrition policy — including the $16 billion school lunch program. This year's report contains unprecedented advice: instead of eating red meat in moderation, we should eat less. The meat industries are up in arms not just about health warnings — but especially the claim that livestock production contributes to global warming. And that's not the only surprise from the panel that helps determine official Dietary Guidelines. It says eggs and coffee don't cause heart trouble after all. As special interests and politicians take aim at conclusions so different from what's gone before, what's the American public to think?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.