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Now That's Rich

Institutional Investor’s latest “rich list” in its Alpha magazine, its survey of the 25 highest-paid hedge fund managers, is out — and it turns out that these guys make a lot of money. Surprise!<p>Read more on The New York Times

How A Judge Made Sure A Jury Would Convict An Occupy Protester, Then Come To Regret It

The jury that convicted the Occupier on May 5 had only been given only one side of the story.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Molly Crabapple)</i><p>Read more on The Nation

Paul Says G.O.P. Push On Voting Laws Is Alienating Blacks - NYTimes.com

MEMPHIS — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Friday broke with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud, saying the party was alienating and insulting African-Americans.<p>Read more on The New York Times

Despite Outcry, FCC to Push Ahead with Internet ‘Fast Lane’ Proposal

The head of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion will push ahead with a vote on con­tro­ver­sial net-neut­ral­ity reg­u­la­tions des­pite an …

The White House Has Solar Panels … Again

The in­stall­a­tion of the sol­ar pan­els is the cul­min­a­tion of a four-year-long ef­fort by al­tern­at­ive-en­ergy ad­voc­ates to bring the …

Your questions to Kirsty Wark

<b>How have men's attitudes towards women changed? Is the internet a naturally hostile place for women?</b><p>The BBC's Kirsty Wark answered your questions in a live Twitter Q&A on Friday 9 May.<p>This is an edited version of the session.<p><b>Question from</b> @NUS_Vonnie<b>: Where did the idea come from that "Freedom of</b> …

Feminism

Scottish independence: Ed Miliband offers new 'contract' with Scotland

<b>Ed Miliband has promised new powers for the Scottish Parliament if Labour wins the 2015 UK general election.</b><p>The Labour leader said a Scotland Bill would be included in his government's first Queen's Speech.<p>The bill would contain new powers over income tax, housing benefit and the work programme …

Ed Miliband

Political Scene: The Future of the Middle East

“When we left, we did not leave Iraq in a state where it could function effectively,” Dexter Filkins says on this week’s Political Scene podcast. More than a decade after the start of the Iraq War, Filkins says, “we left the job unfinished. And now we’re watching it, I think, come apart.” Filkins, …

Reagan and Keynes: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Toward the end of 1981, nearly a year after Ronald Reagan entered the White House, Sir Nicholas Henderson, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington, wrote an annual review, including his observations of the President, and sent it to the Foreign Office, in London. Henderson, a British …

The Botched Execution: A Literary Footnote

One of the less-noticed consequences of the recent unpleasantness at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary was the online publication, courtesy of the Tulsa <i>World</i>, of an official document entitled “Procedures for the Execution of Offenders Sentenced to Death.” It begins:<p>The Department of Corrections will …

Elena Kagan and the Politics of Politeness

One thing that bothered Justice Elena Kagan, in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, was the direction preachers were facing. Since 1998, town-board meetings in Greece, which is near Rochester, in upstate New York, had opened with a prayer, offered by a rotating cast of clergymen. For a long …

Obama’s Foreign-Policy “Failures”: A Word for the Defense

President Obama has lost the foreign-policy commentariat—and I’m not just talking about the usual conservative bashers. In today’s Washington <i>Post</i>, David Ignatius writes, “Under Obama, the United States has suffered some real reputational damage. I say that as someone who sympathizes with many of …

The Solution to the F.C.C.’s Net-Neutrality Problems

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, probably hoped he could avoid spending too much of his tenure dealing with net neutrality. He likely envisioned spending a few pleasant years in office, liberating some spectrum (he’s already done some of that), and maybe playing …