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Technology Can Fix the Budget Crisis

A pair of Clinton-era telecom regulators and “card-carrying Democrats” want to bring back some of the economic magic of the go-go 1990s with an ambitious plan to accelerate growth, shrink the national debt while revolutionizing the delivery of government services and help slow global warming. The plan from former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt …

The Secret Hangout Where Journalists Talk Phish

Financial analyst Dan Greenhaus’s hits on CNBC, couched in jargon, typically attract little more than the bored stares of traders looking up from their monitors. But two seemingly routine appearances of his have been uploaded to YouTube, receiving thousands of views and earning a New York Times blog post. In one, discussing the Federal Reserve, …

Fear and Rumors Hinder Containment of Ebola Outbreak

Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea March 31, 2014.Image: Youssouf Bah/Associated Press It sounds like the perfect script for a horror movie: A virus with no vaccine and no cure kills hundreds of people; despite containment efforts, it keeps spreading. But it’s actually all too …

Twitter Thinks Joe Biden’s Word Choice Is ‘Malarkey’

During the vice presidential debate Thursday evening, Republican Paul Ryan cited the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya as evidence that foreign policy is unraveling. Joe Biden’s rebuttal to Ryan caught the online audience’s attention, due to his unique choice of word. “With all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey, because not …

Americans Shouldn’t Panic About Ebola, Experts Say

Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.Image: CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith Last week, a former Minnesota resident died of Ebola in Nigeria. This week, the what-ifs are rampant. The victim’s wife said her husband had been scheduled to fly to …