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The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less

nytimes.com — Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it's not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too. The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003.
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The net worth of average households declined 36% from 2003-2013 while the richest households' worth increased 14% nyti.ms/1uqTJza

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The typical American household lost 36 percent of its worth over the last ten years. j.mp/1kgGoVK

Jul 26, 2014

RT @Kiratiana: The typical household is now worth a third less between 2003 and 2013 nyti.ms/1lGR0rT

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The Media’s Retreat From Foreign Reporting

nytimes.com — LISBON - THE Western news media is in crisis and is turning its back on the world. We hardly ever notice. Where correspondents were once assigned to a place for years or months, reporters now handle 20 countries each. Bureaus are in hub cities, far from many of the countries they cover.
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"The 24-hour news cycles we watch rarely give us the stories essential to understanding the major events of our time" nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opi…

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RT @kenanmalik: How crisis of foreign journalism 'reduces people and places to simple narratives - good and evil, victim and killer': nytimes.com/2014/07/27/opi…

Jul 26, 2014

Great (depressing) read by @anjansun, which is just as applicable to SA media as the US: We’re Missing the Story nyti.ms/1zcXneW

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Israel’s Outspoken Envoy Is Wise to U.S. Ways

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Ron Dermer reluctantly accepted an assignment to argue that Israel should be condemned for its treatment of Palestinians. "You'll do it or I'll flunk you," his professor, the Republican pollster Frank Luntz, recalled telling Mr. Dermer, the quick-witted son of a prominent Miami Beach family.
Jul 26, 2014

Great profile by @jasondhorowitz of Miami-born Israeli ambassador to US and Hall of Fame flag football quarterback mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/wor…

Jul 26, 2014

"The key to becoming a great Jewish athlete is to play with Jews." Ron Dermer, Israel ambassador nyti.ms/1uoUSXP

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RT @jasondhorowitz: Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer, a Miami Beach native & Luntz aide who rose to become Netanyahu's number one. My story ht…

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In DC in 93, Dermer - now Israeli Amb - watched Rabin/Arafat handshake warily. “I’m not a switcher,” he said. nytimes.com/2014/07/26/wor…

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Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy in Libya

nytimes.com — CAIRO - The United States closed its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated the embassy's staff under military guard, in what the State Department said was a response to escalating violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
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“RT@mattaikins: Meanwhile, Libya is going to hell in a hand basket. nyti.ms/1nIg1a8

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Facing escalating violence, the US evacuates staff from its embassy in Libya buff.ly/1nI1HOV

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Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy in Libya, via @nytimes nyti.ms/1o27VVR

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RT @PGourevitch: U.S. Evacuates Its Embassy in Libya: US air power escorted the rebels to Tripoli & now escorts embassy staff out… http://t…

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U.S. Evacuates Its Embassy in Libya: US air power escorted the rebels to Tripoli & now escorts embassy staff out… nytimes.com/2014/07/27/wor…

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Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - Just after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April to declassify hundreds of pages of a withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency 's detention and interrogation program, C.I.A. Director John O. Brennan convened a meeting of the men who had played a role overseeing the program in its seven-year history.
Jul 26, 2014

Such dirty business all around. From @nytimes: Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report nyti.ms/1nEYf7G

Jul 26, 2014

Bush-era liars and torturers are counterattacking re the torture report the public still hasn't seen. nytimes.com/2014/07/26/wor…

Jul 26, 2014

Behind the scenes, George Tenet rallies defense against still-secret Senate report on interrogations @MarkMazzettiNYT mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/wor…

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North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits

nytimes.com — Since North Carolina effectively eliminated unemployment benefits last year for people unemployed 20 weeks or more, the state has become a symbol in the partisan wars over economic policy. People on either side of those wars have argued that it proves the economic advantages - or damage - of providing the long-term jobless with cash payments.
Jul 26, 2014

What does North Carolina’s experiment with cutting long-term UI tell us? Not much, says @JustinWolfers nytimes.com/2014/07/27/ups…

Jul 26, 2014

RT @JustinWolfers: My latest, for Sunday's NYT: Cutting jobless benefits did nothing to lower unemployment in North Carolina. nyti.ms/1l3a9Ez

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RT @JustinWolfers: My latest, for Sunday's NYT: Cutting jobless benefits did nothing to lower unemployment in North Carolina. nyti.ms/1l3a9Ez

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RT @JustinWolfers: My latest, for Sunday's NYT: Cutting jobless benefits did nothing to lower unemployment in North Carolina. nyti.ms/1l3a9Ez

Losing Support From Abroad, Netanyahu Finds a Wealth of Backing at Home

nytimes.com — JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is stuck between mounting international outcry over civilian casualties from his assault on the Gaza Strip and intensifying calls at home to finish the job he started.
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RT @dandrezner: "the apparent loss of Israel’s already slim support abroad has had something of a backlash effect [in Israel]." nytimes.com/2014/07/27/wor…

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RT @nytimesworld: Losing Support From Abroad, Netanyahu Finds a Wealth of Backing at Home nyti.ms/1nIXvQF

Jul 26, 2014

Besides the defense minister, the politician spending the most time with Netanyahu is Tzipi Livni, nytimes.com/2014/07/27/wor…

Jul 26, 2014

Gone from PM remarks since gaza op are references to the Jewish people or state...Gone too is criticism of Abbas, nytimes.com/2014/07/27/wor…

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"Yet the apparent loss of Israel’s already slim support abroad has had something of a backlash effect here." nytimes.com/2014/07/27/wor…

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U.S. Evacuates Embassy in Libya Amid Clashes

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

Moore of the Same

krugman.blogs.nytimes.com — A few months ago the buzz was that the Heritage Foundation was getting serious after a series of blatant errors and ludicrously biased "research". The supposed evidence for this turn was the hiring of Stephen Moore from the Wall Street Journal to become chief economist. I was, shall we say, unimpressed.

Revered Essays on the Game Lead to a Hall of Fame Honor

nytimes.com — COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - In 1980, Roger Angell wrote a revealing portrait of Bob Gibson that is one of his most admired baseball articles for The New Yorker. Gibson was in his fifth season of retirement, and Angell thought that people might have begun to forget what a fierce and marvelous pitcher, and competitor, he was.

Rand Paul, Courting Black Support, Backs Changes in Voting Rights and Criminal Justice

nytimes.com — CINCINNATI - Senator Rand Paul on Friday declared his support for a wide range of criminal justice and voting rights reforms in his latest effort to help improve his and the Republican Party's reputation with black voters.
Jul 26, 2014

RT @gwenifill: Yeah that happened MT @owasow: Romney to @DonnaBrazile at NAACP in 2012: “Hi, Gwen,” meaning @GwenIfill. nyti.ms/1lDLAOt

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RT @gwenifill: Yeah that happened MT @owasow: Romney to @DonnaBrazile at NAACP in 2012: “Hi, Gwen,” meaning @GwenIfill. nyti.ms/1lDLAOt

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RT @gwenifill: Yeah that happened MT @owasow: Romney to @DonnaBrazile at NAACP in 2012: “Hi, Gwen,” meaning @GwenIfill. nyti.ms/1lDLAOt

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RT @gwenifill: Yeah that happened MT @owasow: Romney to @DonnaBrazile at NAACP in 2012: “Hi, Gwen,” meaning @GwenIfill. nyti.ms/1lDLAOt

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RT @gwenifill: Yeah that happened MT @owasow: Romney to @DonnaBrazile at NAACP in 2012: “Hi, Gwen,” meaning @GwenIfill. nyti.ms/1lDLAOt

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Friedrich Liechtenstein Finds Fame With ‘Supergeil’ Supermarket Ad

nytimes.com — BERLIN - On a hot summer night here, under the twinkling lights of a spinning disco ball, Friedrich Liechtenstein took the stage in a paisley-print silk bathrobe. "My dear people," the newly minted German media star said, in a sonorous voice, "If things don't work out tonight, don't think of this as an awful show.
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RT @banannaaltman: That ornamental hermit in IC! Berlin? Edeka commercial sensation? @sally_mcgrane on the man behind SUPERGEIL nyti.ms/1orJ1ni

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Great profile by @sally_mcgrane: Unique German character who has found late fame in (very funny) commericals nyti.ms/1t5dmLw

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<3 this profile ("Afternoon Sleep..a theater piece in which the audience climbed into a bed and took a nap.") @RGinDC nytimes.com/2014/07/26/wor…

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Royals Approach Their Destiny in Fits and Starts

nytimes.com — The Kansas City Royals had one winning record in a stretch of 18 seasons, from 1995 to 2012. It came in 2003, when they were 83-79, and Raul Ibanez was their regular left fielder. Now, after his release from the Los Angeles Angels, he is back as a reserve.
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Paging @FakeKevinKugler: RT @NYTSports Royals have gone longer w/o making playoffs than any team in MLB, NFL, NBA,NHL nyti.ms/1urB1Y2

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Extra Bases: Royals Approach Their Destiny in Fits and Starts nyti.ms/Uu03oU

Heads or Tails? Either Way, You Might Beat a Stock Picker

nytimes.com — Imagine a world where investors in the stock market have no skill whatsoever. The investors themselves don't understand this, however, and many truly believe that they are good at what they do. But in this thought experiment, there's no doubt about the underlying reasons for fund managers' success: When they turn in an outstanding performance, it's just a matter of dumb luck.

No Time to Think

nytimes.com — ONE of the biggest complaints in modern society is being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is "super busy," "crazy busy" or "insanely busy." Nobody is just "fine" anymore. When people aren't super busy at work, they are crazy busy exercising, entertaining or taking their kids to Chinese lessons.
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We love being #busy, but you can't solve or let go of problems without taking time to think about them nyti.ms/1lEnNxR via @nytimes

Jul 26, 2014

"You can’t solve or let go of problems if you don’t allow yourself time to think about them": Kate Murphy essay: nyti.ms/1lEnNxR

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