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The most popular fact checks of July

This month’s round-up of the most popular Fact Checker columns covers a wide variety of topics, from taxes to Obamacare to diplomacy, and once again shows the enduring interest in the Clintons. Programming note: Just as Congress goes on recess in August, so does The Fact Checker. Please keep sending tips for fact checks, especially […]

Listen Up, Nerds! 5 Lessons from 30 Rock on How to Make Your Characters Down with the In-Crowd

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

"Remember everyone, just don't be yourselves..." and other wisdom from the hit TV show, '30 Rock.' Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard I'm not a creative type like you, with your work sneakers and your left-handedness.... [Continue Read...

Active Management: On Track for Second Worst Showing in a Decade

From this weekend’s Barron’s print ETF Focus column: At the outset of 2014, things were looking up for active management: A little more than half of large-cap managers beat the S&P 500 last year, the best showing since 2009. And although passive investing has a reputation for whupping stockpickers, half or more of the latter [...]

On Thursday’s Radio Show

• ¡Ask a Mexican about the border! Your favorite Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, gives his take on what’s going on at the border and discusses his latest column. • New York Times assistant Jennifer Mascia details the findings from her gruesome, years-long task of reporting who gets shot in America every day.

Securing MH17 Victims: Dutch Have Elite Troops for a Reason! (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

Just 24 hours ago, as this column from Elsevier of the Netherlands shows, there was significant talk among the Dutch of the need to threaten the use of elite forces to secure the MH17 crash site and the corpses of the dead – most of whom are Dutch. Whether the events of the last 24 [...]

Global income inequality is falling

That is the theme of my new New York Times column.  Here is one excerpt: Income inequality has surged as a political and economic issue, but the numbers don’t show that inequality is rising from a global perspective. Yes, the problem has become more acute within most individual nations, yet income inequality for the world […]

5 Essential Brain Hacks for Fiction

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Neuroscience reveals a lot about how evolution shaped our brains. It can also show us how to suck our readers in from page one and keep them turning the pages. Why? Because science. Column by Susan DeFreitas At first glance, neuroscience and fiction may seem strange bedfellows. Show More Summary

Writing Lessons from the Dead: Kurt Vonnegut

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Kurt Vonnegut checks into Max's hotel and refuses to put out his cigarette. Column by Max Booth III The night after Charles Bukowski checked in to my hotel, I showed up to work twenty minutes before my shift started. The 3:00 PM – 11:00...Show More Summary

The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

By Tom Spurgeon I almost forgot Torsten Adair's column here on a recent comics show in the New York area, held the same weekend as Reed's comics-focuse affair in the city. Here's a photo gallery from the same show.

Diving Deep Into the Legendary 'Mr. Show' Season 3 Writing Staff

Writing Staff Breakdown is a new Splitsider column that takes a writing staff from a beloved TV comedy, examines their individual contributions to the show and collaborations between the writers before and after. This week, we're looking at the writers for the third season of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's Mr. Show More Summary

Heads Up, Trans Activists

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Maybe it's time to turn your attentions away from policing the speech of drag queens with reality shows, drag queens with club nights, and retired drag queens with advice columns... and focus your attentions, your tweets, and your rage...Show More Summary

MSNBC's The Ed Show Calls Out Washington Post 's George Will For Trivializing Rape Epidemic

From the June 10 edition of MSNBC's The Ed Show: Previously: Wash. Post's George Will: Sexual Assault Victim Is Now A "Coveted Status" EXCLUSIVE: NOW President Calls For George Will's Ouster After Rape "Victimhood" Column A College Rape Survivor Responds To George Will's "Coveted Status" Remarks

Spillovers from systemic bank defaults

Jakob de Haan, Mark Mink, 24 May 2014 To date, much uncertainty exists about how large the spillovers would be from the default of a systemically important bank. This column shows evidence that the market values of US and EU banks hardly...Show More Summary

Why Game-Show Hosts Vote Republican

3 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The rest of Hollywood may swing left, but from Pat Sajak’s new National Review column to Chuck Woolery, game show hosts are the right’s secret weapon. Rebecca Dana exposes the TV staple’s true colors.

Reclaiming William Inge

3 months agoArts : About Last Night

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I report on revivals of two American shows from the Fifties, William Inge's...

Fiction Shmiction: How Writing Creates the World

4 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Fiction doesn't excuse a work from poor arguments and misrepresentation of people, groups, beliefs, or ideas. After all, fiction creates the world. Column by Robbie Blair Today's task is pretty straightforward: I want to show you why...Show More Summary

Breaking Bad Troll Pranks Canadian Advice Column

4 months agoOdd : Geekologie

This is the Canadian advice column that somebody wrote into pretending to be Skyler White from Breaking Bad. Clearly Miss Lonelyhearts isn't familiar with the show and offered her real advice. Aaaaand that's when I got sad. Still, Skyler...Show More Summary

Possible NFP Headlines

I love this set of headlines from Neil Irwin: Source: NY Times   We have spent a lot of columns arguing that NFP should be mostly ignored by traders, but Irwin does a masterful job showing the varied responses the BLS model creates to what is eesentially the same exact data. Be sure to see...Read More

In Defense Of The Booth Professional

4 months agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

We have a winner for worst column about the New York Auto Show, and it comes from a TIME writer who thinks the notion of booth babes is antiquated. Hell, if anyone knows about an antiquated profession I guess it's someone who writes for TIME. Show More Summary

Microentrepreneurial reinvestments: Evidence from Tanzania

Thorsten Beck, Hami Pamuk, Burak Uras, 21 April 2014 A recent literature shows that access to formal savings devices improves entrepreneurial outcomes in developing economies. This column presents research comparing the effect of saving in formal accounts with alternative, less formal measures. Show More Summary

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