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Contractor Versus Employee

The “shar­ing” eco­nomy, as it’s called, got a nasty shock this week when Home­joy, a na­tion­al home-clean­ing com­pany, an­nounced it was shut­ting …

Decoding China's swoon, and what it means for Silicon Valley

China’s stock markets have been in free-fall for the past several weeks, reversing tremendous gains over the prior twelve months. The Chinese version …

Stock Markets

Let’s kick God off the Court: Marriage isn’t the only place where the law has been infected by religion

It will take generations to do what Pat Buchanan fears: Purge the nation’s birth faith of power. It’s a worthy goal<p>A poll conducted a couple of years ago showed that 41 percent of American adults believed the End Times were upon us. Now, that same segment of our fellow citizens – those who have …

Religion

The Supreme Court's most memorable quotes on gay marriage

The Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide on Friday, ruling 5-4 that states can no longer deny marriage licenses to gay couples.<p>The case in question, <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i>, joined together multiple cases in which gay and lesbian Americans argued that the U.S. Constitution guaranteed …

LGBTQI

Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

<i>This post was originally published on Truthdig.com</i><p>When I use the word "unthinkable" in connection with the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, I typically have in mind the long line of unthinkably bad decisions the court has issued since Roberts assumed office in …

LGBTQI

Sean Hannity shamed by Baltimore protester: “You’re not concerned about the welfare of black people!”

The Fox News host yelled a lot and then ended the interview early<p>Fox News host Sean Hannity placates his elderly, close-minded viewers by letting them live vicariously through him as he scolds a black protester. On Monday evening, Hannity interviewed Adam J. Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful …

Sean Hannity

Same-sex marriage pioneer among lawyers for high court cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five lawyers will take turns at the Supreme Court lectern Tuesday for the highly anticipated and extended arguments over same-sex marriage. Among them are the Obama administration's top lawyer at the high court, with more than two dozen arguments behind him, and two lawyers making …

Same-sex Marriage

The Migrant Crisis, Here and There

It is ever more clear we are in the midst of a colossal migration crisis. In Europe, the haunting specter of hundreds, even thousands, of Africans drowning in the Mediterranean has captured headlines for a few days. European leaders, who had tried to discourage crossings by withdrawing naval …

33 Life Lessons in 33 Years

Sometimes it's important to stop, take a moment, and reflect on the lessons life has taught you over the years. I'd like to share some of the things I've learned about dreams, fear, work, marriage, children, health, travel, and giving.<p>Here are my 33 life lessons in 33 years:<p><b>On Dreams</b><p><b>1. Someday is</b> …

Happiness

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from The Sound of Music

“It's hard to believe that 50 years have gone by since that joyous film was released,” <b>Julie Andrews</b> said after **Lady Gaga’**s Oscars tribute to<i>The Sound of Music.</i> While fans hardly need a reason to celebrate the classic, they’re getting another: On April 19 and 22, <i>The Sound of Music</i> will screen at …

51 Hours in New York City

Making the most of New York City in just a few short days can be a daunting task. How do you fit in culture, nature, great food, and sightseeing on limited time?<p>One way is to explore this great city in parts and allow yourself to experience some of the best the city has to offer without rushing …

New York City

Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Tickets booked, accommodations set, and plans taking shape...nothing beats the anticipation of travel. It's the feeling of knowing you're going somewhere new and exhilarating, but you cannot quite pinpoint what will unfold, who you'll meet, or where you'll eat. It's the awakening of the senses …

Japan

8 Ways To Become A Wine Expert Overnight

A crash-course on the art of wine.<p>Fed up of blankly staring at wine lists? Don't know your Sauvignon from your Sangiovese?<p>Between trying to remember 'that one you had last time that you really liked' (not to mention that one that you really didn't), and not wanting to reveal your utter confusion …

The lavish homes of American archbishops

Clearly, "lifestyles of the rich and religious" doesn't cut it for Pope Francis.<p>The pontiff has said it "breaks my heart" to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars.<p>He's blasted "airport bishops" who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks.<p>And he's warned against church …

From Prostitute to Professor: The 7 Lessons of Maya Angelou's Messy Life

The death of Dr. Maya Angelou provided us the opportunity to once again delight in her memoirs, which chronicle the eclectic, bohemian first half of her life. Yet, we know from her writings that such praise was often withheld as she pursued her dreams of being a dancer and poet while raising a …

Black History

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

10 Indispensable Italian Slang Expressions

Whether you've been studying Italian for years or are currently mastering the art of "my name is," these 10 expressions are an essential addition to any vocabulary. You won't find them in Italian books, but you'll hear them all over the streets. Understanding them will give you a huge boost in …

Italy

Will This Man Make Gay Marriage Legal Everywhere?

Justice Anthony Kennedy has more power than any president or justice in history to decree the law of the land. Agree with him or not, there is …

Secrets of the Maya Otherworld

<b>On the edge of a small cornfield near the ruined Maya city of Chichén Itzá, in the sparse shade of</b> a tropical tree, a voice ricochets wildly up the mouth of a well. <i>“¡Lo vi! ¡Lo vi!”</i> the shout proclaims. “I saw it, I saw it!” <i>“¡Sí, es verdad!</i> Yes, it’s true!”<p>Leaning over the mouth of the well, …