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Don’t you wish you had Trump’s ability to raise OPM?
A 'caravan' of Americans living with Type 1 Diabetes made their way across the U.S. border into Canada over the weekend in search of affordable medical care in a country where they can get the 'exact same' life-saving products for a dramatically…
francine hardawayAnd going in the other direction as well. Mexican dental care is especially popular among my friends.
The New York Times
– May 7, 2:00 AM
In today's on-demand digital world, buying and selling a home remains stubbornly, painfully analog. Most sales still begin with a real estate agent (and a 6 percent commission). Most still end in an office, with the two sides signing page after…
francine hardawayA percentage of the market will always do this. They're into convenience. So that's a market. But what it will do to prices is still not obvious.
Web Smith's recent experience at his local Apple store in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, has been an exercise in frustration. There was the time he visited the Easton Town Center location to buy a laptop for his 11-year-old daughter and spent…
francine hardawayJust in time for my trip to the Genius Bar this afternoon. I'll report back.
On a recent April morning, Amy Klobuchar stood in her dining room flipping through a scrapbook of her father's newspaper articles. She was on a brief break from the campaign trail, trading hard-hat tours of ethanol plants in Iowa and a uniform of…
francine hardawayA nice woman, but no chance in such a crowded field. I actually like her. I hope none of the mire radical people get nominated; we're not ready just yet for a big change with the economy still good.
Wall Street Journal
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
– May 7, 3:57 AM
Advance Publications Inc., owner of the Condé Nast magazine empire and metropolitan newspapers, is on a $10 billion global shopping spree intended to diversify the company away from its traditional media holdings and reduce its reliance on…
francine hardawayNewhouse is hoping to keep itself in business by going out of the media business. I hope it knows that musical theater is no sure thing.
The New York Times
– May 7, 12:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — With the money he made selling his last start-up to Google, Matt Rogers has been investing in companies that are trying to fight climate change. Mr. Rogers, one of the founders of the digital thermostat company Nest, has put…
francine hardawayClimate change isn't sexy anymore, but it's still controversial. So the sheep won't invest.
Violent crime in the US is at its lowest rate in decades. But you wouldn't know that from a crop of increasingly popular social media apps that are forming around crime. Apps like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring's Neighbors — all of which…
francine hardawayI don't use Citizen or Neighbors (although I have ring cameras), but I don't find Nextdoor particularly fear-based, perhaps because it started before Trump.
When superstar cardiologist Dr. Sekar Kathiresan cataloged genes associated with coronary artery disease, he found nearly 60: some that decimate blood levels of LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and therefore protect against heart attacks, some…
francine hardawayThis would be really cool, but probably too late for lots of us.
Gender representation is a hot topic across industries this year. Notably, NASA made a splash in March – and not in a good way – after cancelling the first all-woman spacewalk for lack of a spacesuit in the right size for one of the…
francine hardawayIt’s about time women were represented.
Vickie Moored can walk again. Her words don't slur, her vision isn't blurred, and she no longer collapses every day. The 65-year-old from Elkton, Va., says she has her life back, thanks to the stunning efficacy of a cheap, but unapproved, chemical…
francine hardawayDrug prices should be the first thing we change about the health care environment