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If you look at all the stories for today, you can see a trend: America's best years are behind it. Perhaps inevitable. The financial circumstances of millennials, the collapse of the safety net, the disappearance of ethics--it's all of a piece.
The New York Times
– Jun 21, 6:05 PM
WASHINGTON — President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class…
francine hardawayWhat will happen when the base finds out its own benefits are going away?
The New York Times
– Jun 21, 3:43 PM
Charles Krauthammer, a former psychiatrist and self-described Great Society Democrat who metamorphosed into one of the nation's most cogent conservative voices as a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator, died on Thursday. He…
francine hardawayThis was a man I respected, from an era where liberals and conservatives could be friends.His voice will be missed.
It's coming up on five years since Jeff Bezos, who officially became the world's richest man this week, rescued The Washington Post from a future that looked bleak. The paper was hemorrhaging money and jobs, and its longtime stewards, the Graham…
francine hardawayIf there's one thing I think deserves overhauling, it's unions. Surely by now we should have a more effective bargaining tool for workers.
Two years ago, people were writing eulogies for Twitter. Rudderless and without product direction, the company was losing users and advertisers, and seemed unable to contain a metastasizing trolling crisis that was destroying its credibility.
francine hardawayDon't kid yourself. Trump did it.
The Washington Post
– Jun 22, 1:20 AM
The photo of the little girl crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent patted down her mother became a symbol of the families pulled apart by the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy at the border, even landing on the cover of…
The cover of Time magazine's July 2 issue — depicting President Trump and a crying immigrant child — is being shared at lightning speed across the internet, with people calling it “powerful,” “chilling,”…
francine hardawayCome on, journalists, do some fact checking.
When the Smokey Bones restaurant in Dayton, Ohio, where Nicole Bishop waits tables introduced Ziosk tabletop tablets, she wasn't too worried about them. Ziosks are designed to increase restaurant efficiency by allowing customers to order drinks…
francine hardawayOn the other hand, service workers need to understand that they have to give good service.
Julia Carrie Wong
– Jun 21, 1:11 PM
On Wednesday morning, Martin Tripp was an out-of-work Tesla technician trying to figure out what to do next. By the end of the day, he had been being sued by his former employer for alleged hacking and theft, engaged in a hostile email exchange…
francine hardawayHaving just come off reading John Carreyrou's book on Theranos, I am suspicious. Are there more sources anywhere? Or is this one guy?
The New York Times
– Jun 21, 8:02 AM
It has long been a controversial theory about Alzheimer's disease, often dismissed by experts as a sketchy cul-de-sac off the beaten path from mainstream research. But a new study by a team that includes prominent Alzheimer's scientists who were…
francine hardawayThe research community has been barking up the amyloid tree for a long time without results. Maybe this will be promising.
Lately I've been losing track of how old everyone is. Friends, co-workers and family members are resisting middle age with vigorous exercise, careful diets and regular doctor visits. Even when 50-year-olds look like they're 50, they often dress or…
francine hardawayI know this is true because my foster son, who has a job, is homeless now due to the high cost of housing.