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Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits

Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate “Daily Show” comic.<p>Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst of the October 2011 budget fight, summoned to an Oval Office coffee with President Barack Obama that he jokingly told his escort felt like being called into the …

Obama Administration

Hillary Clinton has unveiled her first truly interesting economic proposal

During a speech in New York, she detailed a plan to hike taxes on income from investments that high-income Americans hold for less than six years. It is part of a broader platform designed to fight what she refers to as "quarterly capitalism"—corporate America's focus on maintaining short-term …

Income Inequality

Bernie Sanders Insists $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost Jobs

This isn’t, perhaps, quite what Bernie Sanders thinks he is saying over on his Senate page but it is indeed what he is saying. He’s providing us with the proof perfect that a rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour will costs jobs. For he’s telling us that the rise in the minimum wage will be paid …

Income Inequality

The Political Virtues of Hypocrisy

Barney Frank argues flip-flopping and hypocrisy are essential to the functioning of Congress.<p>Political hypocrisy is so pervasive that it calls to mind Gregg Allman’s objection to the term “Southern rock.” The one has so much to do with the other, Allman said, that one might as well say, “rock …

27 ways to be happier at work

The spaces in which we work and the people we work with make up most of our lives. Why, then, is happiness viewed as a distant outcome rather than an enduring prerequisite?<p>Whenever I meet someone who expresses love or hate for his or her job, I immediately interrupt and ask why.<p>What ensues is …

Happiness

GREECE JUST TAUGHT CAPITALISTS A LESSON ABOUT WHAT CAPITALISM REALLY MEANS

The vote is huge lesson for conservatives and anyone else who thinks this is about a dilettante government of left-wing idealists who think they can flout the law while staging some kind of Che Guevara-esque dream:<p>Wrong.<p><i>This is what capitalism is really about.</i><p>From the beginning, Merkel and the EU …

The One-Hour-A-Day Fast Track to Goal Achievement

You can achieve all of your goals in just one-hour-a-day. John Updike—the American novelist, poet, short story writer, and literary critic—, when …

One Pennsylvania shop charges women less than men for goods – here's why

EACH YEAR, at the Women and Girls Foundation in Pennsylvania, we try to think of creative ways to bring attention to the gender pay gap.<p>Throughout …

The Tea Party will never understand the Constitution: What the right misses about its favorite document

GOP candidates constantly invoke the Constitution. A Yale Law professor reveals what they all fail to understand<p>With the 2016 election cycle having kicked into first-gear already, any American who hasn't inured themselves to the monotonous (and often ultimately meaningless) repetition of the word …

Are Americans Really Champions of Racial Equality?

70 years after Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma, it's time to let go of the idea that America's morality will overcome its history of discrimination.<p>In his speech at Selma last month, President Barack Obama highlighted the inconsistencies between America’s egalitarian ideals and its history of …

Tackling America’s Police Abuse Epidemic

Can the Justice Department keep up with a national systemic problem?<p>It was so automatic—so chillingly casual. That was the most frightening thing, say some criminal-justice experts, about Michael Slager’s actions in North Charleston, S.C., last week. It’s all there on the videotape: The victim, …

Justice

We're In The Middle Of A Corporate Civil Rights Movement

The “fix” is in on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The religious right has somewhat retreated, at least for the time being. The strange …

12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident …

Self-improvement

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has the Most Ferocious Lawyer in America Defending Him

Judy Clarke, the publicity-shy anti-death-penalty attorney, has defended the Unabomber, Susan Smith, and Jared Loughner, and successfully spared them capital punishment. Mark Bowden provides an in-depth portrait of her startling career.<p>We do not often think of a defense lawyer as someone who wars …

Death Row

In the Fight for Puerto Rican Statehood, is San Juan the New Selma?

Leave it to a British comic to school us all on the least talked-about race problem in America—well, except the millions of Americans living in …

Supreme Court rejects appeal by US flag-wearing students

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.<p>The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that …

“A malign force in American history”: Why you should be terrified of the Supreme Court

Ridiculous theories, destructive effects and evil tragedies are SCOTUS trademarks, expert Ian Millhiser tells Salon<p>Throughout his years as a national politician and in the White House, President Barack Obama has had many antagonists and foes: John McCain, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor …

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole Is Sacred

Every tax loophole is sacred.<p>That's the prime guiding principle of the budget Republicans are trying to push through the Senate. Republicans claim to be concerned with reducing the federal deficit, which their Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) described as a "dangerous financial …

It's Time for Mandatory Voting—And We Have the Technology to Do It

The voting system in the US is deplorable. Not only is our methodology outdated, we have the lowest turnout rate of any developed nation. The …

Young V. United Parcel Service: For Conservative Reasons, Supreme Court Rules For Pregnant Women—And Against Corporations

Why did a conservative court just expand the social safety net? The statute told them.<p>With the notable exception of same-sex marriage, the past few …

Philosopher Robert Stalnaker solves problems the MIT way

While working in a famously esoteric field, MIT philosopher Robert Stalnaker has focused his career on thinking about real-world concerns — including …

MIT

5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Learn

<i>Chances are you’re more than familiar with the “traditional” 8 hour work day.</i><p>In at 9, out by 5. It’s commonly regarded as the “norm” for working …

Creativity

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

With Net Neutrality Lawsuit, Broadband Mafia Still Doesn't Get It

USTelecom is suing the FCC because it thinks U.S. Internet access is just fine, and doesn't need to change. Do you?<p>PCMag reviews products …

The Work-Life Balance Challenge: 6 People Share The Trick That Has Improved Their Lives

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Ever feel like trying to strike the perfect work-life balance has you teetering on the edge of insanity?<p>While it might be tempting (and easier) to simply push your personal needs to the side, it turns out this approach is likely to backfire on …

Work-life Balance