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Avoid Quoting From Bestsellers

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.11.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Those nonfiction books that purport to explain life, the universe, and everything will occasionally rocket to the top of the bestseller lists and stick there for months, like a wine stain that won't scrub from the carpet.

Jason Linkins

Romney Goes Double Negative | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

So far this year, the media has spent more time fretting about Barack Obama's negativity than it has on any of the arguments that were being mounted. Was Obama going too negative? Was it too soon? Oh no what is happening, in politics? And so the Obama campaign was broadly deemed to have "stumbled out of the gates." All of this presented Mitt Romney with a unique opportunity to come into June as the high-minded, positive candidate. Out of the gutter, above the fray, just talkin' economy with the folks, Obama is a nice guy who is in over his head. So we're at a loss to explain why Romney picked this week to cede this advantage, or at the very least risk, it by crawling down into the gutter himself. He closes out the month with a series of stunts that come across as either base or weird or vindictive, and none were absolutely necessary.

What Is the Cultural Significance of Facebook's May 18, 2012 IPO?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.27.2012 | Business
Daniel R. Schwarz

I am less interested in the business model than the value our culture is putting on what is still perhaps the most important news gathering institution in the world -- versus the value it is placing on a social media company.

Better Idea -- Next Time, Just Light Your $35 Million on Fire

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Ari Rabin-Havt

Americans Elect was never a grassroots movement. At best, it was a well-funded organization in which a number of elites could dream up a fake democratic process and pretend they were above the silly infighting of the plebes.

Robert Gibbs Outsmarts Chris Matthews

Posted 05.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Who was the winner of Monday night's "Jeopardy!" Power Players game? It's former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs, cur...

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Abelson

Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.

Jason Linkins

Scenes From The Secret War Of The New York Times Columnists | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2012 | Media

If you're a regular consumer of the New York Times editorial page, you may have already noted that a sort of sub rosa battle has been going on between...

Who Will Compete In 'Jeopardy!' Series In D.C.?

Posted 04.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Ever want to know how basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's trivia skills stack up against those of George W. Bush's former press secret...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Spoofs Himself In What I'm Guessing Is An Epic Work Of Adventurous Satire | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.18.2012 | Media

But yesterday, after blogger Duncan Black labeled Friedman "the one true wanker of the decade," I admit I was wondering how Friedman would respond. Because that's a pretty harsh criticism. I mean, there have been mass murderers galore over the past decade. Also, Damien Hirst.

Should We Force Our Kids to Major in Science or Engineering?

Karin Kasdin | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

A liberal arts education allows us to learn to think for ourselves. Armed with knowledge and experience in a variety of social contexts, we don't become mere receptacles of ideas.

Thomas Friedman, the Singapore Model, and the Palestinians

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 06.04.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Thomas Friedman today discussed one of his favorite subjects, the "Arab awakening," which he did not predict in his extensive writing about the Middle East, and yet knew, from its very beginning, how it would affect the future there, in particular the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

We Need More Independent-Minded Voters

David M. Walker | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

I was honored and humbled that syndicated columnist Tom Friedman this week suggested I consider running for president, putting me forward as a third choice to voters. But our need is bigger than for me -- or any other third-party candidate

The Radical Center We Don't Need

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A secretive independent party financed by hedge fund and private equity plutocrats is not only a blight on the democratic process. It could end up being a dangerous wild card in a momentous election.

Pundits Waiting for a Palestinian Gandhi? Meet Khader Adnan.

Peter Hart | Posted 04.18.2012 | Media
Peter Hart

The pundits who tell us that they crave a dramatic nonviolent Palestinian narrative can write the story of Khader Adnan, who has drawn comparisons to celebrated Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. But they are not writing his story.

Rockefeller's Revenge

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Surely, there are some moderate moneymen who miss the days of Nelson Rockefeller and Edward Brooke, who recall a time when the GOP cherished common sense and revered rationality.

The Top 5 Reasons Women Doubt Themselves -- And Shouldn't

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.16.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

We're convinced mediocre isn't going to cut it and face the pervasive belief that today's women can and should have it all: great career, hot sex, well-behaved children and granite counters.

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Declares An End To Math, Urges Working Class To Get Awesome! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media

As Friedman bops from one global aerie to the next, absorbing the latest sweet whispers from the mesmeric elites he encounters, there's never a reason to end the pep rally. Everything just looks amazing once you're ahead of the curve.

On to the Next 'Bubble Fantasy'

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media
Robert Scheer

That Thomas Friedman's self-serving feints at the truth can still earn him a place of high regard in the world of journalism is a sad commentary on the profession that has rewarded him so lucratively.

Gingrich Contradicts Israeli Government Position

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.13.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While Newt Gingrich's comments to a Jewish media outlet that Palestinians are an invented people was pretty bad, what was worse is what happened (or didn't happen) afterwards.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman To Obtain Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan He Didn't Think Existed | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media

Thank you, Fox News' Ed Henry, for the scoop that Thomas Friedman is at the White House today, and for pointing out that he may, at this minute, finally be in possession of the very deficit proposals that the White House made months ago.

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Sends Secret Message To Fellow NYT Columnist | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2011 | Media

Have you read Paul Krugman's latest New York Times column? It is a delight. Titled "Failure Is Good," Krugman sounds off on the super committee an...

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Needs Someone To Help Him Access Widely Available Facts About Politics | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Media

Would it be too much to ask for someone -- perhaps one of his New York Times colleagues -- to give famously airheaded columnist Thomas Friedman a bit of an explanation of what is actually going on in the world of politics?

Does Your Job Interfere With Your Life?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business
Douglas LaBier

The new world environment includes clear shifts in what people look for and want from their careers, and from the organizations to which they'll commit their creative energies. These new realities are pushing companies to transform.

Why India Needs America to Remain the Superpower

Anant Goenka | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Anant Goenka

I was thrilled to hear Thomas Friedman's response to my question from the audience at the Tata Litfest here in Mumbai a few days ago. At the end of a ...