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The impeachment hearings

A "dishonest scrivener" covertly changed the Constitution’s impeachment clause. A Constitutional scholar at the inquiry hearing today mentioned the day in 1787 when the Constitutional convention debated a clause on impeaching.

A dishonest scrivener covertly changed the US Constitution’s impeachment clause

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest scrivener who advanced his own constitutional approach through subtle but substantive changes that were ratified and became part of the text of this founding legal document.

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature of the office a betrayal of the trust of the People of the United States, and 4) while justices may wish to read the Convention proceedings or the Federalist Papers, the Constitution is the law. Finally, in the case of Donald J. Trump, evidence of various crimes already in the public domain shows him to have violated Articles I and II of the Constitution itself, so the question is moot.

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power. While there may have been “philosopher kings”, there were no such things as “benevolent tyrants”.

The start of an epidemic

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis. Five states—California, Idaho, Illinois, New York, and Texas—were subject to a "triple threat" of conditions that left them particularly susceptible to a flood of painkillers.

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states made it harder for doctors to prescribe drugs like oxycontin, while others had no such barriers. According to a new paper, Purdue Pharma understood the difference, and eagerly exploited it.

Political messaging

An anti-Bloomberg ad ran on bloomberg.com. The “[Michael] Bloomberg will take your guns ad” that slipped through an algorithmic decision-making process was the creation of US gun lobby NRA, which is unhappy with Bloomberg’s presidential bid.

The NRA was able to run an anti-Michael Bloomberg ad on Bloomberg.com

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's own news website to attack him over one of the issues he fights for the hardest.

The next big thing

Focus on the future

Disrupting dementia

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem. No matter how far science advances, it will never be able to tell you how to personally deal with a dementia diagnosis. ✦

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and choked up talking to my friend, and a stranger. It was an eye opening experience, and I'm grateful they shared their stories.

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality of patients and their families, and the surgical/cold eye of scientists and healthcare practitioners on these devastating diseases.

What's SCOTUS up to?

Its chief justice sounded almost socialist in the ARCO Montana case. John Roberts urged private landowners to think big picture in their bid for a smelter owner to shoulder cleanup costs for 20,000 acres of land in Montana.

SCOTUS chief John Roberts sounded almost socialist in a case about toxic waste and landowners

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the company in state court for environmental remediation because the EPA is already in charge of the smelter site and additional efforts could upset the delicate balance there.

You might expect that conservative justices would have sided with private landowners, and some seemed to do that, but the issues at stake here appeared to touch the chief deeply. He emphasized the greater good and the big picture beyond Big Sky Country.

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Roger Federer Officially Leaves Nike for Uniqlo

Roger Federer Officially Leaves Nike for Uniqlo

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  • As I age I’m less and less interested in consumerism ... I just want simply east pieces that are stylish without being trendy... I don’t want to have to “think about” clothes. I just want an easy wear. That’s why I love Uniqlo. I have loved some of their partnerships eg ines de la fressange. This is

    As I age I’m less and less interested in consumerism ... I just want simply east pieces that are stylish without being trendy... I don’t want to have to “think about” clothes. I just want an easy wear. That’s why I love Uniqlo. I have loved some of their partnerships eg ines de la fressange. This is a whole other league. So can’t wait to see where this goes. For sure it’s a signal.

  • For the first time since 1994, Roger Federer is officially changing brands from Nike to Uniqlo. WOW.

    10 years, $300MM. Nike keeps the RF style.

    What about footwear though??

    Some more data here from the original story I posted about rumors here: https://newspicks.us/news/885200/

  • Shareholders cringe when they see headlines like this.

    But, when it comes to splashing money to get your name of Trophy assets, Uniqlo’s expenditure is not that big compared to other Japanese companies.

    Yokohama Tire spends $52mn a year to get their logo on Chelsea FC’s uniform. That’s 14% of their

    Shareholders cringe when they see headlines like this.

    But, when it comes to splashing money to get your name of Trophy assets, Uniqlo’s expenditure is not that big compared to other Japanese companies.

    Yokohama Tire spends $52mn a year to get their logo on Chelsea FC’s uniform. That’s 14% of their net income. This is silly for obvious reasons.

    Rakuten spends $64mn a year to get their logo on Barcelona FC’s uniform. Which is 6% of net income. But it’s silly because Rakuten is almost entirely an domestic business.

    In comparison, $30mn a year for Roger Federer is only 2% of Fast Retailing’s net income. And UNIQLO has global reach. So maybe it’s not so bad.

  • Huh. Would love to have been a fly in the wall in that room. How did that conversation go down with Nike, wonder if they saw it coming?

  • nike’s diluted their own prestige by signing every hot player in every sport under the sun as a sponsor. who knows, maybe nike didn’t want to pony up for the aging fed, but could be fed just saw a partnership where he could be the shining star. good for him.

  • Wow this is a crazy move. Uniqlo has made waves in the US positioning itself as affordable quality, and this new relationship with Roger Federer might signify a play for a more premium market.

    Funnily enough, Uniqlo in Japan is associated with terrible quality...what do our Japanese users think about

    Wow this is a crazy move. Uniqlo has made waves in the US positioning itself as affordable quality, and this new relationship with Roger Federer might signify a play for a more premium market.

    Funnily enough, Uniqlo in Japan is associated with terrible quality...what do our Japanese users think about this tie-in? Weigh in please! (Especially you, Shin.)

  • Had the chance to visit Uniglo top brass during April 2018 visit to Asia with Governor Rauner. This is a bold move for them but consistent with the global vision they outlined during our visit. They have a huge super store on Michigan Ave. here in Chicago and it’s very popular. Best of success to Uniglo. Go for it!

  • Uniqlo has been calling themselves a “lifewear” company in recent years and I’m excited for them that they sponsor such an athlete in addition to the Japanese tennis player Nishikori! Way to go Uniqlo.

  • Another blow for loyalty, whether Nike- or Federer-precipitated. After 24 years, someone felt taken for granted. It may be “just business,” but it’s also a shame. (No disrespect to Uniqlo.) What is a commitment in the modern world?

  • Sports is dropping all sorts of big money news this weekend!

  • Doesn’t feel UNIQLO matches his style tho, or say he is so far from UNIQLO...?

  • Great for him

  • This like trying to promote Walmart as a high end brand. It’s not going to happen...

  • I have to admit that the Uniqlo polo is a spiffy shirt. I may have to add it to my list of clothing brands.

  • That shirt is ugly.