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Politics Is a Dirty Business. I Ought to Know.

Confessions of a political private eye.<p>I don’t do stakeouts. There’s no sitting in my car outside some seedy motel with a camera, waiting for a candidate and his mistress to emerge. For one thing, voters don’t care about that kind of stuff—at least not like they used to—and campaigns usually avoid …

The Case For an Awesome, Old-School, Cold-Weather Super Bowl

Yes, icy conditions could put some of this year's festivities in jeopardy—but they could also strip the game down to its gutsiest, sloppiest, most gloriously determination-testing form.<p>It would seem, at first glance, that the NFL has done something "asinine" in its planning for Super Bowl XLVIII. …

We Wish More American Men Dressed Like The Guys In Italy

American men's fashion ranges from the moderately stylish (shout out to all the classy J.Crew-clad men out there) to the pathetically slobby (we cannot forgive basketball shorts or sarcastic T-shirts). But the men in Italy give us hope.<p>Pitti Uomo, a week of men's fashion shows and events thrown …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Space Travel

Level Money Wants To Be Mint For Millennials

How do you get millennials interested in budgeting? Make it thought-free, make it real-time–and don’t call it budgeting.<p>To our parents, millennials spend money on weird things. We care less about status symbols like fancy cars and houses than we do the small, everyday luxuries. So we might go cheap …

Anthony Weiner appears on Sean Hannity’s show, yells

<b>Anthony Weiner, Sean Hannity (Fox News)</b><p>The failed mayoral candidate and the Fox News host engage in a reasonable and substantive discussion of the issues<p>Elias Isquith<p>October 10, 2013 5:20pm (UTC)<p>Anthony Weiner and Sean Hannity are an odd couple that only a television producer could love, something …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

“My Friends Never Die”, a sweet new track by ODESZA - The Fox Is Black

The dudes from ODESZA, Harrison Mills (Catacombkid) and Clayton Knight, have a brand new track called <i>My Friends Never Die</i>, and it’s honestly keeping …

Semantic Gymnastics: GOP In Tug Of War Over Delegate Rule

Remember back when President Bill Clinton argued that his truthfulness about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky depended on the meaning of the word "is"?<p>Thought so.<p>Though the topic may be decidedly less salacious, the Republican Party is embroiled in its own semantics gymnastics this week as …

Texas Clarifies That It Discriminates Against Democratic Voters — Not Minorities

DOJ's accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and <b>their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party's electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats</b>. It is …

How to Cheat at Everything: an encyclopedia of cons

Back in 2007, I reviewed a great book called How to Cheat at Everything, by Simon Lovell. Lovell's book, nominally a guide to committing fraud, was …

Why are We Driven to Explore?

Why do we explore? Is it the desire to break through boundaries, or to probe the perimeters of possibilities? With his lightning-fast mind, …