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How good an economist is Rachel Chu in “Crazy Rich Asians”?

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The release of the new movie Crazy Rich Asians this weekend, featuring an all-Asian cast, is an important milestone for people who care about diversity in pop culture. As a recent Vanity Fair headline declares, it could be a “watershed moment for Asian representation in Hollywood.” It’s also a noteworthy moment for a much smaller and Read More

A new proposed tax break for the ultra-rich is illegal, the DOJ said 26 years ago

2 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on A new proposed tax break for the ultra-rich is illegal, the DOJ said 26 years ago
US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin wants to give Americans who sell pricey assets like stocks or buildings a big tax break. The Treasury department is considering changing its capital gains tax rules so taxpayers can adjust the original price they paid on a given asset for inflation once they sell it. Under the current law, Read More

Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of

2 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of
For high-achieving high school students, nothing is more validating than a report card full of straight A’s. These hallowed grades promise salaried rewards aplenty in the working world. Even more importantly, contemporary culture tends to treat educational success as a sign of moral worth: Parents and grandparents and teachers are proud of kids who do Read More

Who’s a “badder bitch” than Taylor Swift? These feminist heroes

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Who’s a “badder bitch” than Taylor Swift? These feminist heroes
What does it mean to be a badass? It’s an interesting question. To some people, it means the ability to look credibly tough while wearing a leather jacket. As someone who does not possess this talent, I have deep respect for Fonzie and all other people with this skill set. But this is a superficial Read More

The addictive game that shows how easy it is for kleptocrats to hide their money

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The addictive game that shows how easy it is for kleptocrats to hide their money
I’m a dictator, and things are pretty good. I’ve just rigged re-election for my second term, got the press more or less under my thumb, and I have a load of fancy cars, boats, and houses scattered around the world to escape to if things go south. There’s just one problem—I can’t get this goddam Read More

The darkly funny SNL skit “Welcome to Hell” skewers men’s shock at sexual harassment

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The darkly funny SNL skit “Welcome to Hell” skewers men’s shock at sexual harassment
In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Saturday Night Live has been building a reputation for smart, sharp skits on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment. First came the “Claire from HR” skit, in which a harried human resources worker played by Cecily Strong goes through a preposterously easy quiz on what constitutes workplace harassment. Read More

Trump’s former top aides reveal extraordinary details about his diet

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Trump’s former top aides reveal extraordinary details about his diet
Donald Trump’s eating habits are well known. He loves well-done steaks with ketchup; he presses a red button in the Oval Office when he wants a butler to bring in Coke; when he launched missiles on Syria, he told the Chinese president over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen.” Now Read More

Men, gather round: This NFL player turned feminist will teach you how to fight sexism

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Men, gather round: This NFL player turned feminist will teach you how to fight sexism
Wade Davis is a former player for the National Football League and a self-identified feminist advocate. But when I meet him at a women’s leadership forum sponsored by the technology firm AppNexus, he tells me that if I’d known him 10 years ago, I would have dismissed him as a total jerk. “Every day I Read More

The tactic that convinces reluctant parents to vaccinate their babies

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The tactic that convinces reluctant parents to vaccinate their babies
Vaccines have been saving lives around the world for over 200 years. But in 2017, there’s still ample debate about the safety and efficacy of the medical intervention. While vaccination rates in children remain high overall in the United States, they fall short of goals set for 2020. Pockets of low vaccination rates have led Read More