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Has the Trump budget blown Republican’s cover?

Why do Republicans seem intent on hurting the most vulnerable among us?<p><i>This post originally appeared on Bill Moyers.</i><p>The one question you never hear journalists ask Republicans is <i>why</i>?<p>Why do so many Republicans want to throw 24 million struggling Americans off the health insurance rolls? Why does the …

Real success in Silicon Valley comes from rejecting almost everything shiny you hear about it

The Dark Night of the Soul is universally understood as a period of spiritual desolation and utter despair. It’s a state of complete hopelessness, when you feel you have no options. Elon Musk suffered the Dark Night when Tesla nearly went bankrupt in 2008. Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick detailed …

Startups

West Africa now has its own digital currency

<i>Correction: The original version of this story referred to the West African eCFA using blockchain-based technology. It does not.</i><p>Senegal will soon begin using a digital currency in 2017. It’s another opportunity for financial technology (fintech) to help emerging markets leapfrog traditional banking …

Digital Currency

Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty

<b>(Reuters/Lucas Jackson)</b><p>There’s a word for someone who colludes with a foreign power to subvert democracy and overthrow political norms<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>December 22, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump urged a foreign power, Russia, to interfere in …

Donald Trump

How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning

This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind.<p>TheTokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that …

Mental Health

“They mocked us, they made fun of us”: Bernie Sanders surrogates recall meeting with smug Hillary Clinton staffers

“We were street activists,” one prominent Sanders supporter told The Daily Beast, “and they don’t get that”<p>The retrospectives on how not to run a campaign keep coming. Early Tuesday morning, The Daily Beast published an interview with a couple of former Bernie Sanders surrogates who extended an …

Here’s the real reason Rust Belt cities and towns voted for Trump

Donald Trump won the 2016 election largely because he carried Rust Belt states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, doing especially well in small cities and towns.<p>That’s a surprise. Until this election, this group of voters had not followed other regions’ rural, uneducated whites in moving …

Chamber of Commerce

Fear of a Female President

Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has provoked a wave of misogyny—one that may roil American life for years to come.<p>Except for her gender, Hillary Clinton is a highly conventional presidential candidate. She’s been in public life for decades. Her rhetoric is carefully calibrated. She tailors her views to …

US government warns of blockchain risks

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a US government organization, warned that blockchain technology and marketplace lending could present risks to financial stability …

The great hope of fixing America’s broken public transit systems rests with Millennials

Officials in Washington, DC said last week they may have to shut down portions of the Metro subway system for months because its piecemeal approach to maintenance is no longer sufficient.<p>The disclosure follows a shutdown of the entire Metro system on Mar. 16 for 24 hours. Three-quarters of a …

Urban Design

With ‘Gigs’ Instead of Jobs, Workers Bear New Burdens

If you believe the Silicon Valley sloganeers, we are in a “gig economy,” where work consists of a series of short-term jobs coordinated through a mobile app. That, anyway, is both the prediction of tech executives and futurists and the great fear of labor activists.<p>But anyone who cares about the …

Labor Economics

The People Moving Back Into Big American Cities Are Mostly Rich White People

We keep hearing that this is the age of rapid urbanization: By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. But in the United …

Here's How Donald Trump's Trade Policy Could Backfire

Donald Trump’s threats to slap steep tariffs on Chinese and Mexican imports may have won him votes in Republican primaries but they would likely …

There's a reason men are dressing better

You've probably noticed men are dressing better. They're worried about how their shirts fit, and they're buying cool glasses. They're joining "shave clubs" and matching their belts to their shoes. Yes, people, men are accessorizing.<p>"Gone is the era of metro sexual, and the idea that normal dudes …

16 gifts that the modern gentleman actually wants this year

Buying for men is difficult. They might not always have a wish list ready, so you're often stuck guessing.<p>Guess no more. We have a list of gifts that the modern gentleman in your life will, no doubt, love.<p>From his new favorite whiskey to a watch that will last years longer than anything with an …

Men's Fashion

All of the tricks people have used to fly first class for free

A “free” first class upgrade is the Holy Grail of air travel. And Sam Huang did it with one of the most sought-after premium sections on the planet — …

Here are three things I learned at a feminism conference in Sydney this week

Not a day has passed this week when the role of women in this country hasn’t been front and centre of public debate. A fortnight ago we had two women in federal cabinet. Now we have five. It’s still just 24%, but it’s a big lift, even a new bottom line. From now on, surely it will be impossible for …

Feminism

Hillary’s in danger, Trump is sunk: The hard truths America is ignoring this election season

While pundits regurgitate the same bad information, we’re missing the earth-shattering stories under our noses<p>In January, I began writing a weekly column for Salon. Hillary Clinton was still in pre-campaign mode but already losing ground -- churning out formulaic answers to stock questions, …

4 ways John Oliver nails America’s disastrous War on Drugs

From mandatory minimum sentences to civil asset forfeiture, the HBO host has captured the story from every angle<p>For some years now, Comedy Central and HBO have played a huge role in educating people about some of the most important issues of the day. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Larry …

Blame Government Policies for Economic Slowdown

Around the world, financial pages report that the global economy is slowing and might even contract.<p>Prices of commodities are falling, with copper, cotton, grains and oil all down by about half in the last five years — a strong signal of slowing growth.<p>Companies are tightening their belts, with …

Economics

Millennials in Search of a Different Kind of Career

According to a new poll, younger workers do in fact care less about money and more about fulfillment.<p>There have been many labels thrust upon the Millennial generation, especially when it comes to their work ethic. The group has been called lazy, entitled, and spoiled—but at the same time the …

Women Entrepreneurs 2.0: What You'll Need to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Women are taking on more roles at startups in the traditionally male-dominated industries of high tech, engineering and bio-technology. Yet we still have a ways to go. According to a recent survey, nearly 40 percent of women with …

GOP’s internal hate-fest: How a low-profile budget dispute is tearing the party apart

For its new budget, the GOP has to pick: More defense spending, or more small government? Here’s why it’ll get ugly<p>Not to go all Alanis Morisette on you, but the “civil war” that has roiled the GOP during the past few years, and which pits the rigid and reckless Tea Party against the staid and …