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Obama: Trump exploiting fears of 'blue-collar men'

People like Donald Trump are "taking advantage" of Americans' fears about their present and future, particularly those of "blue-collar men," President Barack Obama said in an interview airing Monday on NPR's "Morning Edition."<p>Obama cited his teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, and their friends as …

The San Bernardino shooter turned to a new type of online lending

Could a terrorist organization have funneled money to the San Bernardino shooters through an online lending platform?<p>That question arose Tuesday after Bloomberg and others reported that Syed Farook received a $28,500 loan from San Francisco online lender Prosper Marketplace just weeks before he and …

5 Awesome TED Talks That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

There are plenty of serious TED talks, but these will make you smile.<p>There are lots of TED Talks about serious subjects like medical research, natural disasters, and even rocket science. However, some TED Talks are sure to put a smile on your face. Here are five of my favorites.<p><b>1. Dan Gilbert: The</b> …

Happiness

College Graduation Rate Slips for 4-Year Degrees

The graduation rate for students enrolled in four-year college degree programs has declined slightly, according to a new study.<p>The report, from the …

College & University

Paris attacks investigation: The latest developments for Tuesday

<b>(CNN) —</b> <b>[BREAKING NEWS 11:34 P.M. ET]</b><p>Police officers have been shot and wounded during a raid seeking one of the suspects in the Paris terrorist attacks, CNN affiliate BFMTV reports.<p>The report comes shortly after witnesses reported heavy gunfire and roads blocked by police in the northern Paris …

The 15 most influential thinkers in business

You can credit Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, for example, for sowing the seeds that became Silicon Valley's obsession with "disruption." And there are INSEAD professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, whose book "Blue Ocean Strategy" has sold 3.5 million copies and been …

The cloud wars explained: Why nobody can catch up with Amazon

Even as the startup craze starts to cool in Silicon Valley, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all reported bang-up earnings last quarter, not least because of their big bets on the cloud.<p>What exactly are these companies selling? Who's buying it? And why is one company that wasn't even in enterprise …

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Globalization

18 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

America is full of high-earning poor people

Do you earn a decent salary, but live paycheck-to-paycheck? If so, you are part of a growing segment of the American population: the income rich-ish and asset poor.<p>We tend to associate empty bank balances with those on the lowest rungs of the income ladder. But many of America’s upper middle class …

Income Inequality

Why America's fastest growing demographic is abandoning the Republican Party

During the recent No Labels-hosted Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire, things got a little uncomfortable. When Joseph Choe, an Asian-American …

Should Your Child Apply Early Decision For College Admission: Answers From Prep School Pros

Early Decision should be reserved for students who are 100% certain they have discovered a school they want to attend.<p>Applying to college these days starts a lot earlier than it used to, and the process involves new terms, new strategies and new perspective. I asked Alice Margraff of the McDonogh …

College & University

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy

20 photos that show how insanely crowded China has become

China has reportedly dropped its long-standing one-child policy, which was first enacted decades ago in an effort to curb overpopulation.<p>China's population was approaching 1 billion when it enforced its one-child-per-family policy in the late 1970s. Exceptions were only made in the cases of ethnic …

Zuckerberg: 15M people worldwide can now access the Web via Internet.org

Facebook’s controversial free Internet project, Internet.org, has now brought online 15 million people who would otherwise have remained offline, according to comments from Mark Zuckerberg at a Townhall Q&A in India on Wednesday.<p>This number reflects global figures, but in India alone, the number of …

The incredible life of Bill Gates, who turns 60 today

Gates has been a public fixture ever since he and Paul Allen started a computer revolution in the 1980s. He has all of the toys you would expect from the world's richest man, from a private jet to a 66,000-square-foot home he nicknamed Xanadu 2.0.<p>Yet as his wealth has grown, Gates has done more …

The China Edit | Closing Malls, Shanghai's Potential, WeChat Mobile Boom

The China Edit is a weekly curation of the most important fashion business news and analysis from and about the world’s largest luxury market.<p>"A …

T-Mobile rides 'Uncarrier' wave as consumers flock to its service

The momentum of T-Mobile can't be denied.<p>For months, the Bellevue, Washington, company has been gaining more mobile phone customers than its three rivals combined. It has struck a chord with consumers through pocketbook-friendly features under the "Uncarrier" banner, including monthly rollovers of …

The U.S. is doing something with oil it has only done once before

The United States keeps almost 700 million barrels of oil in strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs)—secret, vast salt caverns located along the Gulf of …

Google ad boss: Ad blockers are 'a blunt instrument and we need to be worried'

Ad-blocking software, which nixes display advertising from websites, became a hot topic after an Apple operating-system update allowed ad blocking on iPhones and iPads for the first time.<p>Although Ramaswamy made it clear that mobile advertising is still doing "incredibly well for Google and …

Why San Francisco's way of doing business beat Los Angeles'

For most of the 20th century, Los Angeles was one of America's top economic success stories. From 1910 to 1970, as greater L.A. multiplied its population 21 times, it fostered high-quality growth, zooming up the ranks of income per inhabitant to become America's fourth-ranked metropolitan area. It …

San Francisco

British trainee bankers at JP Morgan sacked after cheating at 'basic' maths test

Nearly a dozen junior bankers, some of them British graduates, told to pay for their own flights home from New York after cheating discovery<p>British trainee analysts at a leading investment bank's New York office have been sacked after they were caught cheating in a "basic" maths test, the Telegraph …

China's Communist Party Bans Cadres From Golf, Extramarital Sex and Eating Too Well

Members of the Chinese Communist Party, the country’s supreme governing authority led by President Xi Jinping, received an updated set of rules to …

China

Marijuana study: Number of Americans toking up doubles in 10 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> A heck of a lot more Americans were toking up in 2012-13 than 10 years before -- and not for medical reasons, either -- according to a new study.<p>The percentage of American adults who had used marijuana within the last year was 9.5%, the study found. That compared to 4.1% in 2001-02.<p>The …

Cannabis

I asked a Wall Street billionaire for financial advice for someone my age — this is what he said

I wanted the best money advice the investor had for someone my age.<p>I'm 27, so this advice will probably be useful for most millennials — anyone aged 19 to 34.<p>Here are the key takeaways:<p>Noted.

Top 10 disappearing jobs in America

In case you were thinking of pursuing a career as a civil servant, here’s one you should avoid: mail carrier. According to CareerCast, a national job …

Research shows you need these 5 things to be happy at work

With unemployment at the lowest it has been since 2008, you might be thinking about changing jobs. But what exactly would make you happier at work? …

Neuroscientists Suggest These 5 Easy Ways To Create Genuine Happiness In Your Life

What the New Nobel Prize Winner Has to Say About Money and Happiness

You might remember Deaton from all those articles about how happiness tops out at $75,000. That was only half the story.<p>Before yesterday you might …

Income Inequality