Where someone argues not being repaid is worse than getting paid back early: Tesla’s runaway success, by contrast, is demonstrating how making venture capital–style investments in risky companies—without demanding venture capital–style compensation in return—can end up costing taxpayers even more. In Silicon Valley, one Google pays for a dozen Pets.com. The government made the key [...]
Imploring people not to be a baller or rapper is odd when the White House regularly hosts championship sports teams and uses stories of rappers like Jay-Z to campaign on the American Dream. When your hometown Mayor, who is former White House Chief of Staff, decides over 100 million in taxpayer money should be given [...]
Dylan Ratigan always got a rap as a blowhard, and his commentary was blowhard-y, but past blowhard-iness is forgiven by me when you actually do go out and do something. Then it just means you were legitimately angry.
Today’s far right Republican elected officials hate Harvard elite egghead nerds know-it-als until they find one who agrees with them. Enter Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. Their bad calculations, omitted data, flawed research led to holy grail of the “Austerity is teh tussin for everything!” study quoted by Republicans and right of center [...]
Lorne Michael’s new handpicked weeknight lineup: Fallon – Meyers – Daly. I hope a woman once again gets to chair the “Weekend Update” desk and then one of these late night gigs as outside of Chelsea Handler on E! it’s all white and male. all over again. More of the same.
“Even if the use of the Hiroshima bomb was justifiable in order to precipitate an end to the war, the bomb dropped on Nagasaki three days later was clearly a test of new arms,” he wrote. “It cannot be justified.” [...] After the lecture, he toured a Los Alamos museum, where full-size models of the [...]
Judge rules against Obama/Bush Plan B contraception photo-id ruling. Go read it. He rightfully berates the administrations counsel for trying to defend a policy designed to appease religious and anti-sex/slut shaming zealots. It’s also interesting to note this case is being argued as three women enslaved as teens by three brothers are found after 10 [...]
Ezra Klein establishes some needed perspective for the “remember when Washington worked” punditry: We’re not going to figure out a way to depolarize the parties. Whenever you think of the irenic Washington of the ’50s and ’60s, think about Strom Thurmond, one of the most ideologically conservative members of Congress, serving as a Democrat. The [...]