New York’s leaders are getting defensive about their Amazon deal
It’s been less than a week since Amazon announced its decision to open half of its “second headquarters” in New York City, and the politicians involved in the deal are already in damage-control mode. HQ2 was billed as a massive economic boon for the winning city — or, as it turned out, the winning cities…
The case against Michael Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins
Former New York mayor (and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate) Michael Bloomberg has given $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, to use for financial aid. This is a momentous gift. Veteran education reporter Nick Anderson writes that it is “believed to be the largest private donation in modern times to…
How To Handle The Snow While Still Looking Chic
Those are the moments you'll need to pull out the big guns, but it doesn't mean you have to dread getting dressed. One of the most practical places to start is with your winter boots. The modern day snow boot is both warm and versatile and can look still chic. We've rounded up a few…
How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism
The epicenter of 2018’s version of conservatism, and of American Trumpism, isn’t Washington, DC. It’s California. Breitbart News was founded in Los Angeles, and its headquarters remains in the city’s Brentwood Heights neighborhood. Its founder, Andrew Breitbart, who died in 2012, met former White House adviser Steve Bannon in LA. Ben Shapiro, whom Breitbart mentored…
HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout
I haven’t read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, the best-selling, heavily acclaimed quartet of books that form the basis for HBO’s new My Brilliant Friend. (Each book will be an eight-episode season of the show; I’ve seen seven of the eight episodes of season one, based on the first book, called, well, My Brilliant Friend.) Rating…