5:02am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Plodding Along Or Picking Up Speed? News On Job Growth Due

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 6:53 am

Looking for work: The scene at a job fair in New York City earlier this year. Figures on job growth and unemployment in April are due Friday morning.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET. Better Than Expected:

165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent

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4:52am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Navajo Nation Names Its First Poet Laureate

Luci Tapahonso is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Radiant Curve and Blue Horses Rush In.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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1:49am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Salt

Chef Edward Lee Adds Korean Spice To Southern Comfort Food

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:14 am

Edward Lee's first cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories From a New Southern Kitchen, features Korean-southern comfort food.
Courtesy of Artisan Books

Korean and Southern food may not seem like a natural pair. But now it's one more example of traditions emulsifying in the great American melting pot. Korean-American chef Edward Lee makes that case with his new cookbook Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories From a New Southern Kitchen.

Fusion cooking comes naturally to Lee: He grew up in an immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn surrounded by Jamaicans, Indians, Iranians and Jews.

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1:24am

Fri May 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Why Lobbying Is Now Increasingly In The Shadows

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:14 am

The lobbying industry in Washington is becoming more secretive.
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While ideological gridlock continues to immobilize Capitol Hill, another of Washington's institutions is morphing behind the scenes.

The lobbying industry is becoming more secretive — reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.

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1:23am

Fri May 3, 2013
StoryCorps

After Years Of Hiding, 'Walking In Love' As Transgender

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 10:37 am

Alexis Martinez (left) worried that coming out to daughter Lesley as transgender would mean giving up any relationship with her grandchildren. But she needn't have worried.
StoryCorps

Growing up in a rough housing project on Chicago's South Side during the early 1960s, Alexis Martinez had to hide that she was transgender.

Back then, her name was Arthur, Alexis tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez, on a visit to StoryCorps in Chicago.

"When I came out to my mom that I was transgender, I think I was 13 or 14," Alexis says. "And she called the police. And I always remember that when the police showed up, they just laughed and told her, 'You've got a fag for a son, and there's nothing we can do about it.' "

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