Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Troops' Privacy at Center of $43M Gas Station Tussle Between Pentagon, Watchdog

November 3, 2015 In 2011, the US built a $43 million natural gas filling station in Afghanistan, which government auditors figure is about $42.5 million more than it should have cost—before you take into account that very few Afghan cars appear to run on compressed natural gas. But if that is absurd, consider...

Ohio Could Create the First Marijuana Grower Monopoly

November 2, 2015 Voters in Ohio will have a chance tomorrow (Nov. 3) to make the Buckeye state the first in the U.S. to authorize recreational marijuana use without approving medical licensing first. But it also would grant complete control over the cultivation of the cash crop to the consortium of deep-pocketed investors...

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...

As the Speaker Election Drama Continues, The US is Nearing a Debt Default

October 9, 2015 The date is fast approaching when the United States risks finding itself in default on its debt. The US Treasury is running out of money because it is facing the statutory debt limit, setting up a ticking clock for a constitutional crisis just as the legislature is going off the...

SpaceX Booked its First Moon Mission—and it Uses Ridesharing

October 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An Israeli group seeking to win a $30 million prize will fly its spacecraft to the moon in 2017, with the help of a SpaceX rideshare. Designed by nonprofit SpaceIL, the unmanned dishwasher-sized probe will attempt to land on the moon, transmit digital pictures and video back to earth, and...

Obama and Putin Will Meet Next Week in New York

September 24, 2015 As Russia ramps up its military involvement in Syria’s civil war and defies international agreements in Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with US president Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, which starts next week on Sept. 28. The news was announced by the...

Obama, Putin Will Meet About Syria

September 24, 2015 As Russia ramps up its military involvement in Syria’s civil war and defies international agreements in Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet with US president Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, which starts next week on Sept. 28. The news was announced by the...

Federal Judge Greenlights Class-Action Suit by Uber Drivers Seeking Full Employment

September 1, 2015 A federal judge has ruled that Uber drivers in California can sue the mobile car service provider as a group for denying them the full benefits of employment. The company considers the drivers who use its platform to be independent contractors. But four drivers who brought this suit say thatthey...

The Statistics Show Donald Trump is Wrong On Immigrants

August 25, 2015 Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he wants to stop immigration into the US in order to increase American wages. The only problem? Immigration already raises American wages. Trump’s decision to seize immigration as the major issue of his campaign has been a key factor in his rise to prominence;...

The Management Tool Amazon Employees Despise Might Be Coming to Your Organization

August 18, 2015 Who doesn’t enjoy a good round of brutal criticism? A lot of former Amazon employees, apparently. In a deep dive into the corporate culture fostered at internet mega-retailer Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports on a piece of management software that is particularly controversial among the...

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