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Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

The Republican "Tax Cut" Scam Is Crashing And Burning With American Voters.

It looks like the Republicans’ “signature achievement” of gutting taxes for corporations and the nation’s ultrawealthy “elite,” forced down …

Middle-class

In a Stunningly Aggressive Email, Elon Musk Gave 5 Brilliant Lessons That Everyone Should Adopt

This wasn't an email suffused with charm. But you can learn a lot from it.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>He's so funny, that Elon Musk.<p>He's so cool, too.<p>He dresses like a 90s rock star and seems to find the time to have a lot …

Tesla

It Took Steve Jobs Less Than 60 Seconds to Share the Best Leadership Advice You'll Hear Today

Resist the urge to fix all your team's problems, and do this instead<p>Back in the spring of 1992, Steve Jobs was invited to speak to a group of students at the MIT Sloan School of Management. (According to MIT, the lecture was a bit of a surprise, the result of the efforts of a Sloan student whose …

Leadership

Broadband adviser picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

Elizabeth Pierce allegedly tricked investors into pouring $250 million into a fiber optic scheme by forging revenue agreements<p>A broadband adviser selected by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to run a federal advisory committee was arrested last week on claims she tricked …

Telecoms

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‘Spare me’: Tillis draws GOP fire with pro-Mueller push

The Republican senator is eager to shield the special counsel from Trump — regardless of potential blowback from conservatives or the president.<p>Thom Tillis isn’t the kind of Republican who typically challenges Donald Trump.<p>The North Carolina senator backs the president’s agenda and holds his tongue …

Republicans

Just How Dangerous Is Donald Trump?

In her final podcast, Susan Glasser reflects on the president’s erratic foreign policy—and discusses some scenarios for a risk-filled year ahead.<p>Donald Trump has outlived the “axis of adults” who was supposed to guide and shape his foreign policy. He’s run through two national security advisers, …

Donald Trump

How a 27-Year-Old Math Whiz (and His Uber Driver) Found a Big Flaw in an IRS Tax Formula

He also came up with a fix.<p>Most people chat with their Uber driver about traffic or the weather. Sam Ferguson, on the other hand, spent one January …

Health Care

GOP lawmaker dismisses Scott Pruitt’s security justifications for exorbitant travel spending

House Oversight Committee chairman ratchets up investigations into EPA chief's lavish spending on travel.<p>House Oversight and Government Reform …

Scott Pruitt

‘How in the world are taxpayers paying for Alfa Romeos and Bentleys?’ Senator pushes Army leaders on Afghan contracts

Senior Army leaders were questioned Thursday over $50 million in questionable costs billed to taxpayers — including seven luxury cars and roughly …

Corruption

How a Chilean billionaire could poison a Minnesota wilderness

(Michael Middleton)<p>And how a tiny D.C. real estate investment put him in touch with the Trump family<p>Sarah Okeson<p>January 14, 2018 12:29pm (UTC)<p>Trump’s Interior Department is reinstating two 1966 leases, written before today’s federal environmental laws, that could allow a Chilean mining company to …

Real Estate

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

White House calls James Comey a known 'liar'

Donald Trump

Trump Begs World Leaders to Let Him Back in Their Club

World leaders, predictably, have responded by suggesting that Trump get bent.<p>When <b>Donald Trump</b> was campaigning for president, he vowed to tear up existing trade agreements and use his unparalleled dealmaking expertise to strike new, better deals for the U.S. Such promises prompted hordes of …

Donald Trump

RNC fundraiser resigns after report of $1.6 million Playmate payoff

GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy has stepped down as Republican National Committee deputy finance chair, according to three people familiar with the matter.<p>The departure followed reports on Friday afternoon that in 2017, President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen had negotiated a $1.6 million …

Donald Trump

House Democratic veterans slam Trump’s ‘reckless’ Syria tweets

Several House Democratic veterans Friday lambasted President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to signal a potential attack on Syria, charging the commander in chief’s use of social media undermines national security and endangers U.S. troops.<p>“The president’s behavior is both reckless and …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's Hometown Newspaper Just Burned Him With A Savage Nickname

New York’s “hometown newspaper” is taking on President Donald Trump yet again with another absolutely savage front page.<p>The New York Daily News posted its Friday cover on Twitter late Thursday:<p>The headline is a reference to former FBI Director James Comey’s claim in his new memoir that Trump had …

Donald Trump

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler

“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers made me feel special. They gave me gifts, moneys, cigarettes and sweets. When I was 13 I ran away from home and soon found …

Homelessness

For Trump and Cohen, attorney-client privilege goes only so far

Under Justice Department policy, a search warrant of a lawyer's office is so serious it usually requires approval of a U.S. attorney for the assistant attorney general.<p><i>Legal analysis</i><p>On Monday, the FBI raided the law office of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. They were …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump shrugs off ethics concerns to back embattled environment chief Scott Pruitt

Donald Trump’s environment chief has lost the support of senior officials, has been condemned by liberals for his use of public money and for a rental deal linked to an energy lobbyist, but at the weekend won fresh support from the only person that really matters – the president himself.<p>Mr Trump …

Donald Trump

Fatal Trump Tower fire: No sprinkler system in apartments

The apartment destroyed by a raging fire in New York's Trump Tower that killed a resident and injured six firefighters had no sprinkler system, authorities said.<p>Firefighters remained at the scene Sunday, cleaning up after the blaze and trying to determine its cause. The fire broke out shortly after …

Donald Trump

Hannity vows to bash Kimmel until he apologizes to 1st lady

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity is vowing to continue his attacks on ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel until Kimmel apologizes for a segment in which he joked about first lady Melania Trump's accent.<p>The dispute between the television personalities is unusually vitriolic, with …

Donald Trump

EPA insiders bemoan low point in agency's history: 'People are so done'

As Scott Pruitt fights criticism over luxury spending, questionable pay raises and a lobbyist-linked condo, staffers faced a brutal week<p>The week at the Environmental Protection Agency has been a brutal low point in what many staff members refer to as the most difficult year in its near half-century …

Donald Trump

'The Most Dangerous Man in the European Union'

The metamorphosis of Viktor Orbán<p>One summer day in 1989, I saw an unshaven, long-haired young man approach a microphone to address 250,000 people in Budapest. They had gathered in Heroes’ Square for the ceremonial reburial of the leaders of a 1956 anti-communist uprising crushed by the Soviet army, …

Europe

Graphic: Global warming from 1880 to 2017

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to an analysis by …

Climate Change

Facebook: If you want privacy, expect to pay for it

Want privacy on Facebook? Cough up some cash.<p>The social-media site plans to extort users who want to keep their personal data away from advertisers — …

Social Media

‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances

NEW DELHI — Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones.<p>Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called …

India

Trump attacked Amazon for not paying enough taxes — but his own online store reportedly collects sales tax from only 2 states

President Donald Trump has been accusing online retailer Amazon of paying and collecting few state and local taxes, but his own company's online …

Donald Trump

Conservatives unite to ask Trump to keep Pruitt

Conservative leaders are urging President Donald Trump to stand behind embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt, organizing for the first time to present a unified front in defense of a Trump Cabinet official.<p>In a letter delivered to the White House on Friday, the group of prominent conservatives thanked …

Donald Trump