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LA Magazine food critic details his three requirements for food to be considered ‘artisanal’

LA Magazine food critic details his three requirements for food to be considered ‘artisanal’
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The cover of Patric Kuh’s newest book, “Finding the Flavors We Lost.”; Credit: Harper Collins Terms like “artisanal” and “farm to table” are used widely in our food-obsessed culture today. But what do those terms really mean? Where do they come from? Los Angeles Magazine’s award-winning restaurant critic Patric Kuh explores the origins of these […]

Lynch-Clinton meeting casts a shadow on Hillary’s email investigation

Lynch-Clinton meeting casts a shadow on Hillary’s email investigation

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch speaks at a press conference on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Allison Shelley/Getty Images U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has come under fire for her private meeting with former president Bill Clinton on Monday. The meeting, which has been described by Lynch as a social encounter, occurred at […]

Scientists pressure Greenpeace over GMOs

Scientists pressure Greenpeace over GMOs

Plant Biotechnologist Dr. Swapan Datta inspects a genetically modified ‘Golden Rice’ plant at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) at IRRC’s headquarters in Los Banos, Philippines. In an open letter to Greenpeace, more than 100 Nobel laureates are pressuring the environmental group to change its position on genetically modified crops — in particular, a strain of rice […]

Some homeless people can’t be helped, ‘but do these people deserve to die on a sidewalk?’

Some homeless people can’t be helped, ‘but do these people deserve to die on a sidewalk?’

A homeless man walks down the street as a new day begins in Skid Row, where the homeless have waken up before dawn to dismantle their beds and encampments before businesses open.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Vicki Vickers, 50, was one of the tens of thousands of homeless people living on the streets of Santa […]

Istanbul airport attack: Why Turkey is being targeted

Istanbul airport attack: Why Turkey is being targeted

Security and ambulances block the road outside Turkey’s largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, after it was hit by a suicide bomb attack on June 28, 2016, Turkey. ; Credit: Getty Images/Getty Images Yesterday’s suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport is the latest of seven attacks that have rocked Turkey in a year. So far, 41 people […]

Perceptions of Supreme Court politics in a divisive era

Perceptions of Supreme Court politics in a divisive era

A photo shows the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.; Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images The Supreme Court is concluding an historic term this week – capping it with a landmark ruling yesterday protecting abortion rights. While the high court seldom weighs such divisive and politically charged issues, many Americans view each of the justices as inherently […]

How SCOTUS reversal of former VA Governor’s conviction changes how corruption is prosecuted

How SCOTUS reversal of former VA Governor’s conviction changes how corruption is prosecuted

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell (C) pauses as he speaks to the media outside U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after his sentencing was announced.; Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in a ruling that will ultimately make it […]

Health policy experts debate GOP’s potential Obamacare replacement plan

Health policy experts debate GOP’s potential Obamacare replacement plan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) delivers remarks before signing legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act in January.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images House Republicans tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act over 60 times since the law’s passage almost six years ago. Now, they are trying something new, with an […]

Can gun control’s divided lobby ever match the NRA?

Can gun control’s divided lobby ever match the NRA?

Actor Chris Rock (2nd R) speaks during a press conference hosted by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images It seems in the wake of each major gun violence tragedy, another new gun control group is formed and the lobby further fragmented. The phenomenon has […]

RNC delegate outlines plans to oust Trump in Cleveland, plus his money woes

RNC delegate outlines plans to oust Trump in Cleveland, plus his money woes

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center February 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ; Credit: Joshua Lott/Getty Images In recent days Donald Trump’s campaign has been rocked by staffing drama and roiled by reports of funding shortfalls which is giving renewed hope to opponents attempting […]