Michael Higgins

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10 red states that mooch off the federal government

Republicans claim they’ve had it with American socialism. Maybe they should return the tax dollars subsidizing them<p>One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out …

Racism and the founding of the GOP: Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and the real history of the Republican Party

Republicans hide behind “the party of Lincoln” to deflect racism charges. The party’s history is more complicated<p><i>Founding the Republican Party</i><p>The political party that grew from these concerns over slavery was the Republican Party. In turn, it nourished and carried forward the public’s anti-slavery …

I'm Gluten Intolerant... Intolerant

"I'd like to make a reservation, but could you please leave a note for the chef that we have a gluten intolerance?"<p>"Sure. No problem at all."<p>"Are you sure that you'll have things for us to eat?"<p>"It will be no problem. We deal with allergies every day."<p>This is a phone call we deal with more often …

Don't Forget to Write a Business Plan - Small Business Trends

Some entrepreneurship advocates have suggested that would-be entrepreneurs abandon the writing of business plans. In the fast-paced world of …

What, Exactly, Is Hamas Trying to Prove?

Seeking to understand why Hamas fires rockets at the civilians of its militarily powerful neighbor<p>Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you …

Garbage Everywhere

What refuse in India's streets reveals about America’s hidden trash problem<p>In early 2014, I arrived in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, which just two years before had been paralyzed by a garbage-worker strike and a severe shortage of landfill space. The municipal government had responded to …

The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?<p>As Vladimir Putin’s troops seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, President Obama is facing what some have called the biggest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. True or not, it’s clear his …

Diplomats train for high-threat posts - CNN Video

Real car bombs. It's part of the State Department's training for diplomats in hot spots. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports

All Successful Entrepreneurs Have This Quality

What makes an entrepreneur successful?<p>Some people believe it's the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered. Being innovative helps, but it's not the deciding factor.<p>How about access …

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …

20,000 want to be U.S. diplomats each year

More than 20,000 Americans apply to become diplomats every year, but only a few hundred make it through the difficult written and oral exams, …

Open Positions | Council on Foreign Relations

Available Positions in New York<p><b>Associate Director, Business Development</b><p>The Associate Director, Business Development will report directly to the Vice …

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Flipboard for Journalists

Inside Flipboard / June 5, 2013<p>“Flipboard For You” is our bi-weekly series highlighting how different groups of people can make the most out of …

Best New Rooftop Bars in NYC

Summer is (unofficially) here and what better way to take in the glorious New York City skyline than from a rooftop bar? Visitors and locals alike …

Did Steve Jobs Ruin the World?

Steve Jobs is considered an amazing genius and made billions of dollars. Sure we overlook that he didn't pay his share of taxes and didn't believe in charity. But other than these occasional rumblings of dissent he is pretty much held in high esteem. We celebrate him because he invented incredible …

Home Depot: Is It the World’s Most Important Stock?

Is Home Depot Inc. (HD) currently the most important stock in the world?<p>Its shares have blasted higher by 120% over the past two years, making it by …

5 Must-See Pieces at the Met

The next time you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, you must say hello to “William.”<p>The small blue statuette has been the museum’s unofficial mascot since he made his debut in 1917. But don’t let his youthful looks fool you; he’s been around for almost four millennia. Today, …

As economy improves, more entrepreneurs break into market

Following the 2008 financial crisis, some Americans frustrated with not being able to find work took the bold step of opening their own small businesses. It was a bittersweet accomplishment for many new moms and pops, who became known as necessity entrepreneurs.<p>Now five years later as the recovery …