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Adam was formerly managing editor of nymag.com. Before that spent 10 years with Reuters in New York, London, and—in a career move that will haunt him for all eternity—the virtual world of Second Life. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
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The Eric Schmidt-Backed Startup Working to Put Hillary Clinton in the White House

May 5, 2016 An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics. The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure...

Two Comets are Passing Close By This Week and NASA is Not Concerned

March 21, 2016 Meet comet 252P/LINEAR and comet P/2016 BA14: They may not sound like harbingers of doom that could devastate life on Earth, and that’s because they aren’t. NASA and its grandly named Planetary Defense Office are being super chill about the comets, even though one is passing closer to Earth than...

Clinton Looks Unstoppable After Wins in Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina

March 16, 2016 It was a night of relief-filled sighs and victory cheers for the Hillary Clinton campaign, as the Democratic front-runner racked up a convincing series of victories in Florida, North Carolina, and especially Ohio. Sanders now has a shrinking path to victory and is falling further behind Clinton in the delegate...

The Tech Start-Up Running Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

October 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Ground­work, a polit­ic­al tech­no­logy start-up fun­ded by Al­pha­bet ex­ec­ut­ive chair­man Eric Schmidt, has main­tained its po­s­i­tion as the top tech­no­logy pro­vider to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign. Can­did­ates re­por­ted their fun­drais­ing and ex­pendit­ures for the third quarter to the pub­lic on Thursday, and a Quartzana­lys­is shows that The Ground­work con­tin­ued to...

How the Kentucky Clerk Who Won't Wed Same-Sex Couples Has Kept Her Job

September 2, 2015 Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is defying the U.S. Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses, specifically because she would have to license same-sex couples. Why hasn’t she been fired? Because she’s an elected official. Unlike many other government employees, the only way to remove Davis from her job...

Obama Restores Mount McKinley to Its Original Name of Denali

August 31, 2015 President Obama has announced a gift for his hosts this week in the state of Alaska—a decision to rename the state’s 20,237 ft. (6,168m) peak to its Native American name of Denali after more than a century of being named after Obama’s long-ago predecessor, William McKinley. “With our own sense...

Here Are the Best TSA Yelp Reviews

August 19, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just about anyone who has flown through a US airport since Sept. 11, 2001 has had an encounter—aggravating, hilarious, or even surprisingly great—with the Transportation Safety Administration, tasked with securing the nation’s airports and planes, among other duties. Now the online review site Yelp has unveiled an official deal with...

Travelers Can Write Yelp Reviews For the TSA

August 19, 2015 Just about anyone who has flown through a US airport since Sept. 11, 2001 has had an encounter—aggravating, hilarious, or even surprisingly great—with the Transportation Safety Administration, tasked with securing the nation’s airports and planes, among other duties. Now the online review site Yelp has unveiled an official deal with...

San Francisco Tests Special Paint to Splash-Back Pee on Public Urinators

July 26, 2015 San Francisco has been using a special hydrophobic paint on outdoor surfaces that is designed to splash pee onto outlaw urinators who try to use the city as an open-air toilet. The paint, known as “Ultra-Ever-Dry,” is sold by US-based Ultratech International, which has posted a series of infomercial-style videos...

Hackers Have Been Using the Starbucks App to Steal Money From Latte Drinkers

May 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Any time you link an app to your bank account or credit card, you better use a good password. That seems to be the takeaway from a recent spate of thefts suffered by people using the Starbucks app, which lets you pay for coffee using your smartphone. As reported by...

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