So time to take a deep breath? I’d say a shallow one. I can see two possible scenarios that could follow a drawn-out Trump slump. One is the nightmare I’ve been having for more than a year now. A president hobbled domestically by his own party’s divisions and the opposition’s new energy may be tempted — Putin-like — to change the subject in a way that vaults him back to popularity. A foreign altercation from which he will not back down? A trade war? A smidge likelier, I’d say, is an over-the-top response to an inevitable jihadist terror attack in a major American city. A demagogue loses much of his power when he tries to wrestle complicated legislation through various political factions, in the way our gloriously inefficient Constitution requires. He regains it with rank fear, polarization, and a raw show of force. Heaven knows what the Constitution will look like once he’s finished. … [Read more...] about Is Political Gravity Finally Sinking Donald Trump?
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That December, CNBC’s Herb Greenberg named you the worst CEO of the year, and you would soon be posting a $81 million loss in Q4. You knew at that point —That I was not going to survive. I talked to this executive recruiter about starting a process — I wasn’t talking to the board about any of this. I came to the board meeting with this plan in place saying, “We’re going to hire this CEO, when he comes in, I’ll step aside very peacefully.” And they’re like, “No, we’ve got to let you go today.” It was just me and two board members who were friendly, nice people. The two board members told me, “We’ve got to let you go today, and we’re going to put in these other two board members as co-CEOs.” I didn’t feel like that was the right decision. I said, “If you guys want to make that decision you can, but you’ll have to fire me.” And they said, “Don’t make us fire … [Read more...] about The Super-Quick Rise and Even Faster Fall of Groupon
This essay by Michael Hobbes is the best account I’ve read that helps explain why this is still so: how the pressures of being out of the closet can be as intense as those being in it; how badly many gay men treat one another; how the disappearance of gay spaces and the proliferation of apps has intensified mutual objectification and a deeper sense of loneliness. The extraordinary suffering gay men once lived with — and still do in the vast majority of the world — is no longer. We can thank politics and culture for that. But the struggle of being a small minority, of being male, and of being human endures. Growing up gay and different, especially in our teens, will always be traumatic to a greater or lesser degree. Homophobia, especially in this demographic, will never disappear, as our sexualities blossom at the same time our need to belong and to conform intensifies. And so our psychological baggage, lightened perhaps, stays with us. Politics, we discover, cannot do … [Read more...] about The Opioid Epidemic Is This Generation’s AIDS Crisis
Stonehill is a Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity. … [Read more...] about Bethel Student Named To Dean’s List At Stonehill College
Yes, the pardon power has been abused before — as any perusal of Bill Clinton’s final days in office will confirm. But it makes a difference, it seems to me, when the president pardons a law-enforcement officer for openly breaking the law, and refusing to abide by a court order to stop doing so. It makes an even bigger difference if the pardon is granted long before the legal process has played itself out. This isn’t a pardon, as is usually the case, for someone who has served time, shows contrition and deserves some kind of mercy. It is a pardon seemingly designed to blow a raspberry at the court system, and tell anyone in law enforcement or border control or ICE or anywhere for that matter that, if you commit brutal or illegal acts, the big man has your back. … [Read more...] about Trump Flaunts His Indifference to the Rule of Law