Andrew Cusulos

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Brandy Grandee

There are many garish bottles on liquor store shelves, but none do more peacocking than Spanish brandies.<p>You’ve surely noticed the bottles I’m …

Shaking Beef

How to Make It<p>Step 1 prepare the meat<p>In a large bowl, combine the garlic, sherry, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and five-spice powder with the 1 …

Chocolate for Dinner

Chocolate Lamb Ragu<p>Ingredients<p>2 large carrots, peeled and diced small<br>2 celery stalks, diced small<br>1 large onion, diced small<br>2 cloves garlic, minced<br>4 …

Crimea: Putin vs. Reality

<i>This is the third installment in Timothy Snyder’s series on Russian ideology and the Ukrainian revolution. Earlier articles examined the Kremlin’s</i> …

Beginner Blues

Most people who profess to hate blue cheese don’t know a thing about it. They see blue veins, and they turn their peacock heads toward the Jarlsberg …

Mix and Batch

Long before I was born, my dad worked as a short order cook at the International House of Pancakes. During each shift, he cooked eggs, ran the waffle …

Big Banks Leave $23 Billion on the Table in Stress Tests

I wrote earlier today about the Fed's stress tests, and how they're a weird exercise in doing arithmetic in a fog: Your job, as a bank, is to:<p>guess …

Russia's Window of Opportunity in Ukraine

On March 21, President Vladimir Putin the final decree on the annexation of Crimea. Fireworks lit up the Moscow sky, and crowds around Russia …

The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century

Thomas Piketty's <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i> is the most important economics book of the year, if not the decade. It's also 696 pages long, translated from French, filled with methodological asides and in-depth looks at unique data, packed with allusions to 19th century novels, and generally a bit …

David Ignatius: Fallout from Snowden’s sharing of NSA secrets

Congress and the courts will sort out the big questions about privacy and surveillance posed by Edward Snowden’s disclosure of National Security Agency (NSA) monitoring programs. In the meantime, there are some nagging smaller questions raised by this hemorrhage of secrets.<p>These mundane questions …

Edward Snowden’s Real Impact

The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy led directly to the passage of a historic law, the Gun Control Act of 1968. Does that change your view of the assassinations? Should we be grateful for the deaths of these two men?<p>Of course not. That’s lunatic logic. But the same …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Has Wikileaks Been Infiltrated by Russian Spies?

Leak group has a troubling history with the Kremlin<p>by JOSHUA FOUST<p>It might sound strange, but has Wikileaks been infiltrated by Russia’s Federal …

A Peek at the Ideology of a Prominent NSA Defender

The federal government is hoovering up Americans' digital address books. Benjamin Wittes would rather you didn't know that.<p>Email is now the primary way that many Americans communicate with one another. Our email address books afford a virtually comprehensive list of everyone we know: members of our …

Report: NSA, GCHQ among worst surveillance offenders, Snowden says

Leaked classified documents show the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart are among the "worst offenders" of mass surveillance without oversight, according to an open letter purportedly written by Edward Snowden and published Sunday by the German magazine Der Spiegel.<p>The …