December 21, 2014
The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change Ebay announced on Thursday it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) because of the lobbying group’s views on climate change. The online marketplace is the latest technology firm to part ways with the rightwing organization over environmental concerns. “After our annual...
December 19, 2014
Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer.                        Under a decades-old law, the state at the heart of the U.S. shale oil boom would waive its 6.5 percent oil extraction tax...
December 19, 2014
GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective A brilliant interactive presentation from the editors at Bloomberg View a real must see...
December 18, 2014
As the sun set over the Atlas Mountains, and the sound of the evening call to prayer drifted across the city, all seemed calm. At Marrakech's finest hotel, La Mamounia, famous for being Winston Churchill's favourite bolt hole, Fifa's top executives - the select few who run world football - were checking in ahead of their final meeting of the year. Uefa president Michel Platini, looking relaxed in a garish grey and yellow...
December 18, 2014
At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro’s palaces in 1999, Castro and several of Major League Baseball’s senior executives discussed one of the few bonds between Cuba and the United States: baseball. The executives, including baseball’s commissioner, Bud Selig, were there for an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team, as part of an effort by President Clinton to thaw relations. As...
December 18, 2014
Senator Elizabeth Warren blocked his nomination and now he's smiling all the way to the bank. Senator Elizabeth Warren famously declared "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.'' That truism presumably includes President Barack Obama's former economic chief Lawrence Summers, a man who just came into millions of dollars in the Lending Club initial public offering. For that good fortune, he...
December 17, 2014
Cuba and the U.S. will begin to normalize relations in a surprising move by the Obama administration that will loosen a trade and travel embargo that is among the last remnants of Cold War policy. The action means not simply the opening of a U.S. embassy in Havanabut the lifting of restrictions that have limited commerce and kept aficionados from legally bringing Cuban cigars to U.S. soil. The thaw, wrapped into the release of...
December 17, 2014
A black hole for our best and brightest The thing Deborah Jackson remembers from her first interviews at Goldman Sachs is the slogan. It was stamped on the glass doors of the offices in the investment bank’s headquarters just off Wall Street, the lure of the place in two words, eight syllables: “Uncommon capability.” Jackson joined Goldman in 1980, fresh from business school and steeped in the workings of government and...
December 15, 2014
The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly $1 trillion, according to a report published Monday.  The calculation was by the Financial Times and independent researchers. They found that the war has cost nearly $1 trillion, and that most of that was spent under President Obama, who escalated the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan upon taking office.  The war began following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist...
December 15, 2014
Just days before Christmas, Denmark has become the first country to lay formal claim over the North Pole. That puts the small Nordic country of 5.6m people on a diplomatic collision course with Russia and Canada which each claim part of the Arctic above where the countries’ current borders end. “That these countries have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the determination of their outer limits tells us...


Off the Wires

December 19, 2014
Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $...
December 18, 2014
Senator Elizabeth Warren blocked his nomination and now he's smiling all the way to the bank. Senator Elizabeth Warren famously declared...
December 17, 2014
Cuba and the U.S. will begin to normalize relations in a surprising move by the Obama administration that will loosen a trade and travel embargo...
December 15, 2014
The war in Afghanistan has cost the United States nearly $1 trillion, according to a report published Monday.  The calculation was by the...
December 15, 2014
The ruble tumbled past 60 for the first time as traders tested the Russian central bank’s willingness to defend the currency amid an oil...

Value Blog

December 21, 2014
The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change Ebay announced on...
December 19, 2014
GlobalView: Climate Change in Perspective A brilliant interactive presentation from the editors at Bloomberg View a real must see...
December 18, 2014
As the sun set over the Atlas Mountains, and the sound of the evening call to prayer drifted across the city, all seemed calm. At Marrakech's...
December 18, 2014
At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro’s palaces in 1999, Castro and several of Major League Baseball’s senior executives discussed one of...
December 17, 2014
A black hole for our best and brightest The thing Deborah Jackson remembers from her first interviews at Goldman Sachs is the slogan. It was...

Altruism Today

December 19, 2014
  Leaders at social-service nonprofits aren’t optimistic about their ability to get things done. That has consequences for...
December 18, 2014
If asked to name a popular crowdfunding platform, chances are you’d either say Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Loosely speaking, Kickstarter and Indiegogo...
December 17, 2014
The Bloomberg Foundation announced its second round of innovation grants to fourteen cities, twelve in the United States and two in Israel. (The...
December 16, 2014
The New Kid on the Crowdfunding Block Triples Fundraising Results for Nonprofits As the December 31st deadline looms to make charitable...
December 15, 2014
Invisible Children, the nonprofit behind the Kony 2012 film—often called the most viral video of all time—is slowly shutting down its...

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