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China's economy is at the mercy of a force completely beyond its control

The course of this path could mean strange and terrible things are in store for economies around the world. A slower, weaker Chinese economy — and the resulting weakness of the yuan — will create competition for other developing-market exporters in a race to the bottom.<p>This is a moment many China …

Economics

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days

Attention, business leaders: This is how it's done.<p>For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow …

Tesla

Technology killed manufacturing jobs; trade is what will bring their replacement

Welcome to the new world order. After years of liberalization, globalization is in retreat. Populist political victories and backroom deals to<p>strongarm encourage firms to keep manufacturing jobs at home are our new realities.<p>One could argue the revolt is deserved. Proponents of globalization …

Economics

How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

National Parks

24 books to read this summer that will change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.<p>I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share …

Books

The 1 Book Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2016

If the rise of Trump blindsided you, it's because you didn't read this book.<p>Every year I read dozens of books and provide you with a list of the "best of the best" motivational books, sales and marketing books, and management books. Many of the books I recommend (as well as those recommended by …

Income Inequality

Virginia ex-governor plans to argue to the Supreme Court that buying political access is a constitutional right

Facing an uphill fight to avoid a prison term for bribery, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is making a bold argument in the Supreme Court this week that buying access and influence with public officials is protected by the 1st Amendment.<p>And to back up his claim, his attorneys have pointed to …

Corruption

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2016

The Disney Cruise Line BlogThe Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2016 was recently published and has been expanded by almost 75 pages from the …

Walt Disney Company

The 100 best novels: from Bunyan’s pilgrim to Carey’s Ned Kelly

Two years in the making, our list of the 100 greatest English-language novels of all time is now complete. Having endured many sleepless nights in its compilation, Robert McCrum reflects on who got left out, and why<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list A response by Rachel Cooke: …

Key U.S. allies join China-led Asia infrastructure bank

As economic leaders gather here this week for meetings of the<p>International Monetary Fundand theWorld Bank, China is set to kick off a rival infrastructure development lender that promises to shake up the traditional American-led global financial order.<p>Beijing on Wednesday is officially announcing …

China

5 Things to Know About China's Execution of Business Tycoon Liu Han

China executed prominent business tycoon Liu Han on Monday, for leading a “mafia-style” gang of loan sharks, gun runners and contract killers, …

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Apple's Tim Cook: Screw you

“The story of Facebook’s first decade,” writes Time Magazine’s Lev Grossman in next week’s cover story, “was one of relentless, rapacious growth, …