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We’re getting wildly differing assessments

The announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision largely upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of Thursday, June 28 precipitated a genuine media drama.  Millions tuned…
LENGTH: 28 minutes (7062 words)

The Kingpins

At the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Enrique Peña Nieto, who is forty-five, boyishly handsome, and generally expected to be the next President of Mexico, was asked to name three books that had…
PUBLISHED: July 2, 2012
LENGTH: 3 minutes (905 words)

Requiem for a Russian Spy - By Milton Bearden

On the second-to-last day of March, Leonid Vladimirovich Shebarshin, the former head of the KGB's foreign intelligence arm and chairman of the KGB -- for a single day in the turmoil of the August…
PUBLISHED: June 18, 2012
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1017 words)

Choke therapy: the sports stars who blew their big chance

Sink or swim: Jean Van de Velde made the wrong kind of splash when he had the 1999 British Open in his grasp. Photograph: Reuters Steve Blass says he doesn't know whether to be flattered or not. But…
PUBLISHED: June 22, 2012
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3903 words)

Terrell Owens's Darkest Days

Since signing with the Allen Wranglers, Terrell Owens hasn't exactly been excited to talk to reporters. Back in his Philadelphia days, in the prime of his career, he used to hold press conferences…
PUBLISHED: June 21, 2012
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6060 words)

The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia | Politics News

June 21, 2012 11:20 AM ET Illustration by Victor Juhasz Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia. Of course, you won't hear the recent financial corruption…
PUBLISHED: June 21, 2012
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1297 words)

Last weekend at FooCamp, I co-hosted a session titled "The End of the World: Will the Internet Destroy the State, or Will the State Destroy the Internet?" What follows are the ideas I opened with…
PUBLISHED: June 18, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2445 words)

TV’s Best Talker: Aaron Sorkin on The Newsroom, Sorkinism, and Sounding Smart

On June 24, HBO will air the debut of The Newsroom, the first cable series from Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and writer of The Social Network. The show is not…
PUBLISHED: June 16, 2012
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5929 words)

The 1 Percent Solution

Seattle—Nick Hanauer toddled through his early years in a cramped Greenwich Village apartment. His mother waited tables at the Bitter End. His father worked low-level jobs on Wall Street and…
PUBLISHED: May 17, 2012
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4721 words)