Nota bene: Why New York won’t get congestion pricing

It’s politically possible, but only at substantial fiscal cost.

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Ask for More

Could this Berkeley website have found a new model for sustainable local news?

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Why the Starbucks Racial Bias Training Is More Than Just Good PR

Without an open, inclusive environment, the company can’t make money.

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The Sovereign Debt Reminiscences Edition

Slate Money on Rusal sanctions, lawyers, and credit default swaps.

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Nota bene: Josh Brown is failing

Once you realize that you’re not attracting any women as candidates, then perhaps it becomes time to start questioning your whole media empire.

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The Mind the Gap Edition

Slate Money on a trade war with China, the wage gap, and New Zealand.

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Nota bene: Guilt trips

Every so often, after eating too much pizza or chocolate cake, I’ll feel guilty and remorseful, and I’ll want to make up for it by eating something healthy.

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The case for Mark Zuckerberg’s heroic exit from Facebook

Zuckerberg’s resignation would open up the possibility of a world-changing and reputation-enhancing second chapter, not only for him personally but also for Facebook the corporation. More important, those changes would clearly benefit the planet as a whole.

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Nota bene: Cooking warm, cooking cool

I’m in the middle of a lovely beach break in Costa Rica, but for some reason I haven’t been able to get the egg spoon story out of my mind.

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The Hollywood Edition

Slate Money on the future of movies, today’s movie stars, and inclusion riders.

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What Auction Data Tells Us About the Controversial Firing of MOCA Curator Helen Molesworth

An examination of 15 years’ worth of solo shows reveals a significant shift when Molesworth took the reins.

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Nota bene: Caldbeck vs robos

Earlier this week, I published a column at Wired on Wealthfront, and how it has moved in a very worrying direction in recent weeks.

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The Space Bees Edition

Felix Salmon, political-risk consultant Anna Szymanski, and guest Tim Fernholz discuss Tim’s new book, Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race; the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal; and Wealthfront’s risky decision.

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Nota bene: Cover diversity

It’s time for Meisel and Leibovitz to cede the stage, to make way for people under the age of 60.

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Nota bene: How Mark Zuckerberg should change the world, again

There is one thing Zuckerberg could do in particular: He could end all targeted advertising on Facebook (and Instagram, too).

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Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

The main job of a wine label is to kill that which is most alive in wine, to zero out its inherent uncertainty.

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Nota bene: Gallows humor

The Death of Stalin is doing very well at the box office.

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Beware of Roboadvisors Bearing Low Fees

Companies like Wealthfront are moving away from their early ideals of low-fee passive investing—and customers should be skeptical.

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Nota bene: Toys don’t fung

If you live in the USA, your local Toys R Us is closing down, with the loss of all the associated jobs. And if your Twitter feed looks anything like mine, you will have see a link to a Jeff Spross essay blaming the demise of the company on “vulture capitalists”.

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The Jordan’s Last Episode Edition

Slate Money on universal basic income, McDonald’s, housing, and Martin Shkreli.

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The $10 billion opportunity at Reuters

Reuters News just won the lottery. What will it do with all that money?

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Nota bene: Where anti-gun activists should focus next

If you want to make a difference, on the guns-in-America front, put real pressure on Remington’s new owners.

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Nota bene: Ignorance is bliss

I’m a journalist, I’m loathe to tell anybody to avoid exposing themselves to journalism. Expose yourself to more! As much as possible! And pay for it!

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The Dread Pirate Trump Edition

Slate Money on Gary Cohn, South African land, and Dodd–Frank.

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Nota bene: Holding Yale accountable

If Swensen isn’t willing or able to defend his amoral investing philosophy, it’s probably time to replace him with someone more accountable.

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