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The Rocky Trump Transition Is Headed To Netflix, Thanks To Barack Obama And Michael Lewis

November 1, 2018 Michael Lewis’s book The Fifth Risk, out last month, criticizes the transition between Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s federal governments as dysfunctional and, as a consequence, deeply dangerous for the country and the world. Obama, it would seem, concurs. The former president and his wife, Michelle Obama, have signed a...

The Web Is Broken, So Its Founder Is Taking Another Stab at It

October 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The founder of the World Wide Web thinks it’s broken and has a plan to fix it. Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the web in 1989, announced a new project today that he hopes will radically change his creation, by giving people full control over their...

Analysis: Michael Lewis’s New Book About Trump is a Convincing Ode to Big Government

October 1, 2018 Outside the headlines that stream endlessly, about Trump’s possible ties to Russia, his Supreme Court nominee’s alleged sexual assault, his advisors falling one by one, his ongoing buffoonery, there is an invisible meltdown happening in the most wonkish and important parts of the federal government—and it’s putting the country and...

The Man Behind Trump’s Trade War Once Negotiated Using a Paper Airplane

April 9, 2018 U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer is the man lurking in the shadows of Donald Trump’s trade offensive on China. The veteran international trade lawyer is known to share several traits with the president, not least of all his skepticism of free trade, his belief that the US has been treated...

The First Rule Of Public Speaking, According To an Expert On Eloquence

November 30, 2017 So you’ve been asked to speak publicly. Feel free to sweat profusely, rifle through some $10 vocab words, pick out what you’ll wear, sweat some more. But first: Ask how much time you have to speak. “Organizers usually have an answer,” says linguist David Crystal in his 2016 book, The...

Joe Biden’s New Memoir Shows a Person Coping With Work Under Extreme Emotional Stress

November 19, 2017 “Uncle Joe” Biden is no joke. In a poignant new memoir, the much-memed former US vice president is a man bursting with grief as he tries to help run the country. Promise Me, Dad is out this week (Nov. 14) from Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan. In it, Biden...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Advice to Women on How to Use Your Voice to Be Taken Seriously

September 27, 2017 Tuesday, the towering American news anchor Charlie Rose sat folded into an armchair across from U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. More than once the interviewer threw out questions rapid-fire, and was met with measured silence from his tiny interlocutor. The two spoke for an hour and a half...

James Comey is Now Writing a Book About Ethical Leadership

July 17, 2017 After three and a half years at the top of the US’s law enforcement food chain, James Comey has a few stories to tell. The former head of the FBI is writing a book, reports the New York Times (paywall). But it won’t be filled with dirty laundry; instead, Comey...

This U.S. State Now Lets Anyone—Not Just Parents—Request to Ban Books in Schools

July 5, 2017 Nosy Floridians now have another outlet for their moral outrage. Now anybody in the US state can formally complain about books used in public schools, and schools are required to hear them out. Last week governor Rick Scott signed a bill that allows any Florida resident to formally challenge new...

A New Bill on Copyright Law Would Take Power from the Library Of Congress and Give it to Trump

March 24, 2017 US copyright laws are severely outdated, and it looks like lawmakers are finally taking action. Thursday, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives that proposes to change the country’s head of copyright from someone appointed by the Library of Congress, to someone picked by the president. The...