After taking the oath of office following Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation over Watergate, President Gerald Ford famously declared, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."
The nation was tested by corruption in the Oval Office, but the constitutional system prevailed because good and brave people of both parties confronted the crisis.
Most dramatically, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than follow Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Saturday Night Massacre. And Nixon himself resigned when even fellow Republicans signaled they were prepared to impeach and convict him. read more
On the day the news broke that Hillary Clinton had used a private email account as secretary of state, the man who would soon be named to chair her presidential campaign fired off a note of distress, venting frustration about some of Clinton's closest aides.
"Speaking of transparency, our friends Kendall, Cheryl and Phillipe sure weren't forthcoming on the facts here," John Podesta complained in the March 2015 note, referring to Clinton's personal lawyer David Kendall as well as her former State Department staffers Cheryl Mills and Philippe Reines. read more
What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates.
Increasingly, we're filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are barely noticeable. However, if we extend the timeline to months and years, we face a worrying reality and may find ourselves looking down at the pot-belly of ignorance.
If you think of your mind as a library, three things should concern you.
1. The information you store in there -- its accuracy and relevance;
2. Your ability to find/retrieve that information on demand; and
3. Finally your ability to put that information to use when you need it -- that is, you want to apply it. read more
Asia has reportedly produced a new billionaire every week.
Well, it turns out to be much faster than that.
A new report by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers found that one billionaire pops up in Asia every three days, outpacing all other regions in the world.
China accounted for 71% of Asia's new billionaires in 2015, up from 35% in 2009, according to the report, which has analyzed data covering more than 1,300 billionaires over the past two decades. read more
And they haven't for a long time.
In a seminar room in Oxford, one of the reporters who worked on the Panama Papers is describing the main conclusion he drew from his months of delving into millions of leaked documents about tax evasion. "Basically, we're the dupes in this story," he says. "Previously, we thought that the offshore world was a shadowy, but minor, part of our economic system. What we learned from the Panama Papers is that it is the economic system."
Luke Harding, a former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, was in Oxford to talk about his work as one of four hundredodd journalists around the world who had access to the 2.6 terabytes of information about tax havens -- the so-called Panama Papers -- that were revealed to the world in simultaneous publication in eighty countries this spring. read more