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Legendary Ex-HR Director From Netflix Shares 6 Important Lessons

The culture doc, created by McCord, CEO Reed Hastings, and others at the company, is still evolving and is used by the company to this day. It has also been the starting point for many other companies, some of which have created their own, similar documents.<p>The concepts laid out in the presentation …

The Workplace

The conservative crackup: How the Republican Party lost its mind

How a major, diverse political party became so dependent on the Tea Party’s narrow range of strident voices<p>In a recent article, I argued that the Republican Party has been captured by a faction whose political psychology makes it highly intransigent and uninterested in compromise. That article …

“It is the nation’s time”: How women won the vote

The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s battle for suffrage, and how even then, the GOP tried to divide women, blacks<p>"Remember the ladies,” Abigail Adams had said, but it seemed that no one had. “I have argued with [Wendell] Phillips and the whole fraternity and all will favor enfranchising the negro …

Report: McDonnell donor cooperating in corruption probe

Prosecutors may be building a criminal case against McDonnell related to potentially improper gifts from the donor<p>The CEO of Star Scientific and a donor to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is reportedly cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation into whether or not McDonnell and his wife …

Forget GDP, The Real Story Today Was The ADP Jobs Report

This morning we got two pieces of data, both of which were decent.<p>The ADP Jobs Report (which is a private survey designed to anticipate the official jobs report, which comes out Friday) beat expectations, The report said that private companies added 200,000 new jobs in July.<p>Meanwhile, the GDP …

Employment

Anthony Weiner's Aide's Foul Mouth Attack on Ex-Intern

A top aide to Anthony Weiner's campaign lashed out at a former campaign intern with a stream of crude slurs for women after the ex-intern wrote a …

Through the German Looking Glass

<b>Sometimes,</b> one almost gets the sense that things look different from across the water. <i>Die Welt</i>'s homepage as of 5:30ET this morning:<p>Translation: "New Poverty of White People Alarms US Politicians"<p>Read the full article here. Dek translation: "The American dream increasingly appears unattainable to …

Translation

Summer To Do List: Tank The Economy

<b>What are you doing</b> for the rest of the summer? If only your plans were as solid as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's. After a relaxing vacation in August, he's coming back to Washington after Labor Day with one big priority: tank the U.S. economy.<p>He and House Speaker John Boehner are promising …

Economy

Samsung Denies Inflated Galaxy S4 Performance for Tests

Samsung has denied claims that it tweaks its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to help create inflated perform scores during benchmark tests.<p>AnandTech claims the company set the device to yield an 11 percent performance enhancement for benchmarking applications, which does not carry over into regular …

White House: Healthcare law has helped improve cost picture

WASHINGTON – President<p>Obama's signature healthcare law has helped slow the pace of cost increases in healthcare, a senior administration official told reporters Monday as theWhite Housecontinued to press its campaign to defend the law.<p>The official also presented economic statistics aimed at …

John Boehner Has Already Killed The 'Grand Bargain' More Than 5 Hours Before Obama's Speech

The gist of Obama's grand bargain is a plan to cut the corporate tax rate, while using billions of dollars in revenue generated in business tax overhaul to fund a job-creation program.<p>In a statement, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel shot down the idea, marveling that it left small businesses "and …

Small Business

Universal Free College Would Be a Regressive Scandal

College graduates benefit from their educations for decades. They should bear part of the cost.<p>John Morgan/Flickr<p>In <i>Salon</i>, Mario Goetz harkens back to what he regards as the good old days of higher education in post-World War II California, when the University of California System wasn't just …

Obama to offer new 'grand bargain' on taxes, infrastructure projects

WASHINGTON -- President<p>Obamaon Tuesday plans to propose a new “grand bargain” that would couple an overhaul of the corporate tax code with investments in road and other construction projects around the country.<p>In a speech in Chattanooga, Tenn., Obama will suggest a new route through the current …

Liberal Group Trolls Controversial GOP Congressman After He Tries To Fundraise Off Their Video

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has quickly become House Republicans' worst nightmare on the issue of immigration, after a slew of controversial comments comparing immigrants to dogs and drug mules, among other things.<p>On Monday, King sent out a fundraising email to supporters based on the comments, saying …

Republicans

Profits At High, Wages At Low

Five years after the start of the financial crisis, the U.S. economy is still struggling.<p>Unemployment is above 7%.<p>Growth is weak.<p>Most consumers are strapped.<p>Meanwhile, the stock market is hitting record highs, and corporations are printing money.<p>If you're wondering what's going on here--why these …

Economics
Human Rights

Android dominates the tablet market, with 67% of global shipments

We already know that Android is, and has been for a while, the most dominant force in the smartphone market, but the tablet market is an area which has typically been a bit harder to crack. However, the latest research put together by <i>Strategy Analytics</i> shows that Android is also breaking away from …

iPad Mini

U.S. more polarized on abortion; opposition grows in South

WASHINGTON - Nationwide public opinion on<p>abortionhas remained largely unchanged for the last two decades, but that overall steadiness masks a widened gap between conservative and liberal parts of the country, new polling data indicate.<p>Opposition to legal abortion has significantly increased since …