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Leaders Who Can’t Forgive

I had a CEO in one of my leadership coaching seminars recently who seemed to be quite bitter about life. Whatever suggestion I would make, he would put a negative spin on it. Curious about his remarkable negativity, I asked him to tell more about himself. After a little bit of prompting, he was …

How Reading Makes Us More Human

A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?<p>A battle over books has erupted recently on the pages of <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Time.</i> The opening salvo was Gregory Currie's essay, "Does Great …

Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky)

A refreshing dose of reality from the world's most powerful central banker.<p>Over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke delivered a graduation address at his old employer, Princeton, that was by turns funny (like actually funny, not monetary policy jokes funny), philosophical, and -- as …

Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?<p>GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes of Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Google. Last Thursday …

Most Americans Say Religion Is Losing Influence in U.S.

PRINCETON, NJ -- Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is …

What Steve Jobs And Bill Gates Really Thought About Each Other

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates said. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always …

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America's Top Colleges Have a Rich-Kid Problem

The wealthiest schools in the country could have more economic diversity if they wanted it. So why don't they?<p>In case you ever wondered just how much wealthy students dominate America's top colleges, here's a nice illustration from a new report by the Century Foundation. At the most selective …

The Latest Lie: IRS Targeted Conservatives

Remember the video of the guy in the "pimp costume" who got advice from ACORN employees on how to run his prostitution ring? Turns out the whole story was just a lie, a doctored-video smear job on an important organization. The guy never wore a "pimp costume" and the real, undoctored videos showed …

Needed: A Mass Movement for College Debt Relief

Austerity has failed in Europe, where the European Union just racked up 18 months of negative growth with no end in sight. It is failing in the United States, where this year's deficit reductions will cut the growth rate in half.<p>But austerity is succeeding as politics. The German government shows …

Report: Income inequality rising in most developed countries

By Eliza Mackintosh<p>LONDON — The divide between rich and poor is widening in developed nations, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.<p>According to the new data, economic disparity has risen more from 2007 to 2010 than in …

We’re living in an Ayn Rand economy

<b>U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)</b><p>Over the past 20 years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax rate has dropped by half<p>Paul Buchheit<p>May 18, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a …

How right-wingers use semantic tricks to kill government

<b>Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity</b><p>Loaded terminology like “entitlements” and “welfare” skews the debate and alters America. Here’s how it works<p>Michael Lind<p>May 18, 2013 9:30pm (UTC)<p>“Semantic infiltration” is a term coined by the foreign policy expert Fred Ikle and popularized by the late Senator Daniel …

A Newcomer's Guide to the 3 Obama Scandals

Three dissimilar episodes, one of which is very bad.<p>I have been in China, offline, and in other ways removed from the US news ecosystem through the blossoming period of the three simultaneous problems for the Obama administration. Here is how they look after a day's worth of catching up:<p>1) <b>Benghazi</b>. …

America’s greatest threat: Unsafe work conditions

<b>The remains of a fertilizer plant burn after an explosion at the plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas early April 18, 2013. (Reuters)</b><p>The Texas fertilizer plant explosion reveals that lax regulations are far more dangerous than any form of terrorism<p>David Sirota<p>May 17, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>If I …