2:19 PM, Jun 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Jeanna Smialek and Shobhana Chandra at Bloomberg report that:
The cost of living in the U.S. rose more than forecast in May, reflecting broad-based gains that signal inflation will move closer to the Federal Reserve’s goal. The consumer price index increased 0.4 percent, the biggest advance since February 2013, after climbing 0.3 percent the prior month, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 81 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent increase. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the gain was the largest in almost three years.
Speaking of those food and energy prices …
As Zero Hedge notes in a tweet:
The index for food at home increased 0.7 percent, its largest increase since July 2011.
Energy prices, of course, could rise dramatically in the short run if the Iraq situation worsens. And will, inevitably, increase long term as the campaign against coal intensifies. So you’ll be okay as long as you don’t eat or drive or use the air conditioner.
White House officials concede the American public is still anxious about the economy. Wages remain stagnant, workers have dropped out of the labor force, and 3.4 million Americans have been without work for 27 weeks or more, thus classifying them as long-term unemployed.
Very sporting of them to make that concession.
7:49 AM, Jun 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration has found at least one fight it is willing to make right to the end. Whatever that end should be. The first lady is rallying supporters to:
10:04 AM, May 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama plays a sideline reporter in a video with NFL star-turned White House chef Richard Sherman in a video promoting healthy eating:
"Well, let me tell you," Sherman shouts at Obama. "We the best chefs in the game. So when you try us with an easy meal like salmon cakes and succotash, that's the result you going to get."
"Wow, Richard, where'd you learn to do all this?" Obama asks. "I mean, corn, succotash, salmon cakes."
11:50 AM, May 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Chicago this morning, President Obama made sure to let everyone know that he'll was paying for his breakfast with Illinois governor Pat Quinn. "I don't take free food," Obama said at the food counter.
Via the White House pool report:
7:01 AM, May 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Just a day after House Republicans introduced legislation to roll back some Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on school meal programs, the USDA
One reaction to anti-Israel protesters yesterday at Zabar's.5:50 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By KATE HAVARD
Yesterday, on the last day of Passover, protesters surrounded the doors of Zabar’s—the iconic Upper West Side grocer famous for its knishes and lox—to demand the store stop selling the carbonated beverage maker SodaStream. The roughly 40 protesters, carrying guitars and signs decrying “Apartheid Soda,” represented a coalition of volunteers from Adalah-NY (meaning “justice” in Arabic), Jewish Voice for Peace, and m
8:25 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama wants to make changes to the Nutrition Facts label. It is all "part of an effort to help families make healthier choices," according to the White House.
7:44 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell, who were both dressed in drag, for a sketch last night on the Tonight Show.
Michelle Obama uses the comedy skit to talk up exercising--and they also talk about the Olympics. Then they discuss unhealthy foods, and she makes Fallon and Ferrell eat kale chips instead of potato chips, which they all act like they enjoy eating.
11:02 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The team plays badly. The coach coaches badly. The owner owners badly. The fight song is revolting and the name is an offense against the laws of political correctness. But other than that …
11:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the pièce de résistance in feast that includes, in my family’s case: smoked turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various other basics. For desert there will be pies: pecan, apple, pumpkin, shoo fly, and coconut cream. All manner of good things. But the fried turkey is the star of this show.
1:41 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama stopped by Martha's Table food pantry in Washington, D.C. and put on a green apron:
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
7:27 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for foodies. Not that they really need any these days but ... still. As Lauren Salkeld reports on the Epicurious blog, Epilog