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Richard Branson: Yes, I Would Invest in Pot Industry

Blaise Zerega | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Blaise Zerega

Sir Richard Branson has never been afraid to tackle big, thorny business problems or large, complex social issues. One of his latest challenges: Ending the war on drugs, combines both of them.

Coming Soon: 20,000 Pounds of Medical Pot for Canada

Blaise Zerega | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Blaise Zerega

Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm, is making a very big ,and what looks to be a very smart, investment as Canada's national medi...

Chutzpah! Weiner and Today's NYC Mayoral Primary

Blaise Zerega | Posted 11.10.2013 | New York
Blaise Zerega

Produced with intelligence and wit, Peter Savodnik and Alex Bolton provide a fresh take on Weiner, revealing energy and drive overlooked by mainstream media that wows voters, and that at least one woman found sexy -- the blackjack dealer with whom he sexted.

Bold Vision: Jon Fisher of CrowdOptic

Deborah Stambler | Posted 06.18.2013 | Technology
Deborah Stambler

There are certain qualities we associate with entrepreneurs. Smart, risk-taking and innovative are a few that come to mind.

David Brooks: ACA Built on Rotten Foundations and Romney's Secret Healthcare Plan (VIDEO)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

David Brooks's remarks predicted much of the reaction to the ruling and what it will mean for the upcoming election.

WATCH: Sheryl Sandberg: Can Women Have it All?

Blaise Zerega | Posted 08.25.2012 | Women
Blaise Zerega

The dust kicked up by Ann-Marie Slaughter's essay continues to swirl around the Internet. A key part of the current debate is, of course, Sheryl Sandberg and the heartfelt talk she gave at Davos.

DNC Welcomes Crist Running as Independent

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

As the deadline nears for Florida Governor Charlie Crist to announce whether he'll leave the Republican party and run as an Independent for a Florida ...

California's Marijuana Economics

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

When emotion is stripped from the debate over the legalization of marijuana, it becomes a simple economic issue. Watch as marijuana advocates and law enforcement spar over the "costs and revs" of legalization.

Cornyn to Crist: I Want My Money Back!

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Senator John Cornyn has some stern words for Charlie Crist. Should the Florida Governor abandon the GOP and run as an Independent for the Senate, Cornyn and other Republican leaders will demand Crist return their campaign donations.

Russian Arms Reduction Could Mean More U.S. Nuclear Energy

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

The news of the United States and Russia agreeing to slash their nuclear weapon stockpiles could mean a boost for a little known energy program. Calle...

Hugo Chavez Blames Capitalism for Climate Crisis

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

Although I'm not a fan of his, I do find myself applauding Chavez for directly questioning the developed world's priorities: Saving banks or saving the planet.

Google the New Power Utility?

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Blaise Zerega

Could Google do for the electrical grid what it's done for the Internet? PG&E is one of the nation's largest utilities, serving 15 million people in central and northern California. Should PG&E be afraid?

Naomi Klein Presents Monsanto Angry Mermaid Award (Video)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

Drawing a comparison to the distribution of AIDS drugs, Klein continues with a call for intellectual property reform so that the developing world can get access to new green technologies.

COP15 Interview: Thom Yorke Slams "G-8 Vibe"

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

Mr. Yorke goes to Copenhagen and doesn't find much to like.

40 Years After Stonewall: No Progress on Gay Rights

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Steve Hildebrand, former deputy national campaign adviser for President Obama, contends that "Congress has done almost nothing to further equality."

What Gore Really Said in Copenhagen

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

Pity Al Gore. And pity those who may suffer from his apparent misquote at COP15 yesterday, where he predicted the melting of Arctic ice over the next 5-7 years.

Video: BigThink Goes to College to Find Emerging Influencers

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Known for its videos of big names like Ted Kennedy, the site is expanding to important "thinkers" who are not necessarily famous.

Will You Really Be Able to Keep Your Current Health Plan? (VIDEO)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein has read the crucial sections of the draft bill and argues that rules about current private health plans are unrealistic and unfairly favor the public option.

Farewell to Van Jones and His Green Jobs Agenda

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Saturday night's surprising resignation of Van Jones and the controversy leading up to to it reveals all that is good and great about our political system. It also reveals all that is bad and sad about it.

Extremely Affordable Healthcare: $25 Incubator

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

Rather than simply looking to control treatments or reduce payments to physicians, the medical-industrial complex itself should be carefully scrutinized.

The Power of Language: Dems Failing to Sell Healthcare Reform

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

The lexicon for health care has expanded to include the plural noun, "town hallers." Language expert George Lakoff soberly picks apart the rancorous words being volleyed from both sides.

Healthcare's Public Option: Dean vs. Burgess (VID)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

I have a sinking feeling that by the time the Senate has its turn, the public option will resemble a poor combination of Medicare and Medicaid.

WATCH: Michael Pollan Sees Healthcare Reform Leading to Food System Changes

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

2009-07-24-playpollan.jpgMichael Pollan wades into the issue of health care reform by looking, not surprisingly, at food.

Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

There's much to love about carbon capture, in theory. But carbon capture continues our dependence on coal-fired power plants, and does little to change the status quo.

Is Cap and Trade Already Corrupt?

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

2009-07-01-PLAYVIDEO.jpg Negative reactions to the proposed cap and trade system were voiced by Chevron CEO David O'Reilly and by former Secretary of State George Schultz.