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The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn't Write

In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the …

Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal

A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the …

The Doctor Is In

Unlike Dr. Dre, that other faux-medical badass beatmaker, Dr. Luke is a white guy. He lives in Los Angeles now, but he talks like the New York City hustler he once was. He “vibes” well, an invaluable skill in the song-making trade, where the writer needs to connect with the artist as soon as she …

Books

Wright is the author of ten books, including <i>The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11</i>, which spent eight weeks on <i>The New York Times</i> …

The Love App

Among twenty-five million, they were two, speeding toward the glowing span of the Wonhyo Bridge on a warm spring night, the scooter trailing pink balloons. They were born in Seoul in 1985 and 1992. They were natives of the most wired city in the world, a megalopolis that is nearly twice as dense as …

The Imperial Presidency

Last May, during final exams, John Sexton, the president of New York University, approached a pale, thin freshman leaning against the wall of Bobst Library, smoking. “What can I do to make you stop?” he asked.<p>The student, Fletcher Nightwine, quickly took out his earbuds.<p>“Your hands are shaking!” …

Astronomers Find Earthlike Planet, but It’s Infernally Hot - The New York Times

Kepler 78b, a planet some 400 light-years away, is like hell on earth.<p>Astronomers described it on Wednesday as the first Earth-size planet that seems to be made of the same mixture of rock and iron as Earth, and that orbits a star similar to our sun.<p>But Kepler 78b would not be a pleasant place to …

OTL: Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Analytics issue on newsstands Feb. 22. SUBSCRIBE TODAY »<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Five weeks before his 50th …

NBA

How Janet Yellen should embrace the Fed’s dissenters

The Fed Whisperer, John Hilsenrath, had a great insidery article yesterday about forward guidance, and about the Fed's ability -- or lack thereof -- to effectively signal its future actions.

Of murder and mushrooms

Listening to Stamets speak about fungi I think this must be what it was like to listen to Thomas Edison talk about incandescence, the research so …

Wonkblog - The Washington Post

Immigrants contributed more than $180 billion to Medicare between 1996 and 2011. Everyone else cost it $70 billion.<p>But we're not going back to the health-care spending explosion of the 1990s, a new report says.<p>A new hepatitis C treatment is drawing attention to the high cost of specialty …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

You're on Amazon.com. You're buying, say, a toaster, and you're checking out the customer reviews. You assume the people writing these reviews are people like you — people who wanted a toaster, went online and bought one. As it turns out, a lot of reviews on Amazon are written by people who are …

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Planet MoneyMakes A T-Shirt<p>The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.<p>Begin<p>Planet MoneyMakes A T-Shirt<p>The world behind a simple shirt, in five chapters.<p>Chapters<p>Cotton<p>Machines<p>People<p>Boxes<p>You<p>How We Did This<p>Cotton<p>One farmer. A shocking number of T-shirts.<p>Play<p>Three Reasons U.S. Cotton Is King<p>You …

Which Way Did the Taliban Go? - The New York Times

“Where are we going?” I asked the machine-gunner.<p>He offered the words I had heard time and again — so often, and so predictably, they could be the battalion motto. The words were invoked in response to such questions as: What is the plan? Who is shooting? Where will we sleep tonight? How many …

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ - The New York Times

Grignon had been part of the iPhone rehearsal team at Apple and later at the presentation site in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. He had rarely seen Jobs make it all the way through his 90-minute show without a glitch. Jobs had been practicing for five days, yet even on the last day of rehearsals …

Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire - The New York Times

Wales wore a too-tight black turtleneck under a black overcoat with a well-shorn beard, a look that could either read Steve Jobs superhero or Tekserve flasher. Almost any time you see Wales, 46, he looks like a well-groomed version of a person who has been slumped over a computer drinking Yoo-hoo …

Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie - The New York Times

Pope, dressed in a checked shirt and skinny tie, looks like a producer. His fingers are constantly, frantically, scanning his iPhone. In the fall of 2011, he connected Schrader with Bret Easton Ellis, whose grisly satires brought him early notoriety and who had lately turned to screenwriting. The …

Bay Watched

The way to meet up with Johnny Hwin, one of the best-connected kids in San Francisco, is to stand at the garage door of a small repair shop in the iffy section of the Mission District and dial his cell phone until it stops ringing into voice mail and the call goes through. This takes a while, …

Taken

On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden, Henderson’s home town, near the Texas-Louisiana border. They made the trip every April, at the first signs of …

Big Med

It was Saturday night, and I was at the local Cheesecake Factory with my two teen-age daughters and three of their friends. You may know the chain: a hundred and sixty restaurants with a catalogue-like menu that, when I did a count, listed three hundred and eight dinner items (including the …

The Miner’s Daughter

Australia, thanks largely to the economic rise of China, has been in the throes of a mining boom. The “lucky country,” as it is called, has enormous deposits of the high-grade iron ore required by the steel mills of Asia. In Western Australia, where most of the iron ore resides, the boom has …

How Doug Band drove a wedge through the Clinton dynasty

One Thursday evening last September, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair met in New York to conduct what was supposed to be a high-minded …

Amish Baseball: The Boys of Lancaster

We all crowded against the right-side windows as our tour bus crept up on the Amish. There were three of them—brothers by the color and cut of their …

Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton's Nightmare

We’re three years from the next presidential election, and Hillary Clinton is, once again, the inevitable Democratic nominee. Congressional …

Nick Saban: Sympathy for the Devil

Few men in sports make a better villain than the unsmiling, unsparing, unstoppable coach of the back-to-back national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Warren St. John spent three weeks on Nick Saban’s trail—and a couple of days in his face—on a mission to find the soul of the scariest man in college …

College Football

A Tale of Two Londons

Who really lives at One Hyde Park, called the world’s most expensive residential building? Its mostly absentee owners, hiding behind offshore corporations based in tax havens, provide a portrait of the new global super-wealthy.<p>Up until the 18th century, Knightsbridge, which borders genteel …

Michael Lewis: Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?

A month after ace programmer Sergey Aleynikov left Goldman Sachs, he was arrested. Exactly what he’d done neither the F.B.I., which interrogated him, nor the jury, which convicted him a year later, seemed to understand. But Goldman had accused him of stealing computer code, and the 41-year-old …