Frank Bruni: Don't Look Down


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Somewhere between Nik Wallenda’s first step onto a tightrope over Niagara Falls and Greece’s most recent retreat from the brink, it hit me: teetering needlessly on the precipice of disaster wasn’t just the story of the weekend. It’s the story of our days. Cliff dwelling has become the modern way of life. We exist, without always having to, on the edge. Or, rather, on one edge after another, some of our own making, others avoidable if we could just summon the maturity, discipline and will. (New York Times) > View article

Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstien: 40th Anniversary of Watergate


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Watch David Kerley interview Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. (ABC News) > View article

Frank Bruni: An Election Half Empty


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It was a statement of such unqualified certainty that Jeb Bush made it pretty much in passing, as if it required no elaboration, accommodated no dissent and was the obvious starting point from which all political discussion should flow. “We’re in decline,” he said. Boom. Just like that. Meaning America. And suggesting that other D words — dip, downturn, even depression — didn’t sufficiently reflect reality, perhaps because they connote temporary fluctuations instead of an inexorable arc. (New York Times) > View article

Niall Ferguson on How Europe Could Cost Obama the Election


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Could Europe cost Barack Obama the presidency? At first sight, that seems like a crazy question. Isn’t November’s election supposed to be decided in key swing states like Florida and Ohio, not foreign countries like Greece and Spain? And don’t left-leaning Europeans love Obama and loathe Republicans? Sure. But the possibility is now very real that a double-dip recession in Europe could kill off hopes of a sustained recovery in the United States. As the president showed in his anxious press conference last Friday, he well understands the danger emanating from across the pond. Slower growth and higher unemployment can only hurt his chances in an already very tight race with Mitt Romney. (Daily Beast) > View article

Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John: Shark Tank Nominated for Critics Choice Award


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Capping a successful third season, today it was announced that ABC’s Shark Tank has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award in the Best Reality Series – Competition category. (Shark Tank) > View article

Zach Wahls: Boy Scouts to Consider Allowing Gay Scouts and Leaders


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The Boy Scouts confirmed today that it is considering a change of policy that lets gay scouts and leaders serve openly in local chapters. The announcement comes after activist Zach Wahls delivered 275,000 petition signatures to the group and met with its leadership. Wahls, an Eagle Scout who has two moms, was outraged that a lesbian mother had been removed as den leader for a Cub Scout troop. And he got back into his uniform and delivered the petition on her behalf last week. (Advocate) > View article

Charles Best: Are You A Social Entrepreneur? 5 Key Questions You Need to Ask


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Startup Month here at Forbes is focused in its initial stages on the make-up of successful entrepreneurs. Yet what about that rapidly expanding class of driven, Type A-plus start-up mavens who track a double bottom line – those B Corp-loving, nonprofit launching, cause-oriented talents known as social entrepreneurs? What does it take to launch the next great social enterprise or recruit tens of thousands to the next important social cause? Do you have what it takes? Are you a social entrepreneur? (Forbes) > View article

WATCH: Barbara Corcoran Interviewed by The Rise


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Today on The Rise To The Top: Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran. Barbara Corcoran. Yes, today’s guest is so cool that she has to be mentioned three times. Yes, Barbara turned $1,000 into a billion dollar real estate empire. Yes, she did something awesome to get on ABC’s Shark Tank. Yes, she has a unique way of investing in people and running businesses. (The Rise to the Top) > View article

Frank Bruni: Trimming a Fat City


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WHILE Michelle Obama focused on carrots, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg brandished a stick. It’s what we deserve. Cry all you want about a nanny state, but as a city and a nation we’ve gorged and guzzled past the point where a gentle nudge toward roughage suffices. We need a weight watcher willing to mete out some stricter discipline. (New York Times) > View article

Ken Dychtwald: Liberating Aging


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Maggie Kuhn was a woman far ahead of her time. She was both a visionary and a role model for young and old, attesting to our potential for strength, worth and beauty in the later years. I'm also honored to say that she was my friend and mentor. In 1970, she co-founded the Gray Panthers after long, productive stints on the staffs of the YWCA and the national office of the United Presbyterian Church. Finding herself forcibly retired, bereft of her accustomed role and a sense of meaningful life involvement, she transformed into a brilliant, feisty, outspoken activist. Nicknamed "America's wrinkled radical," she unflinchingly challenged the "powers that be," from the U.S. Senate to the American Medical Association. (Huffington Post) > View article

Geoff Colvin: Indra Nooyi's Pepsi Challenge


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"Now tell me again -- what exactly is the issue with this company?" Indra Nooyi asks with an edge to her voice. She has just rattled off a list of statistics describing the financial performance of PepsiCo (PEP), the company she has run since late 2006. They show that it has been growing, earning high profit margins, and paying respectable returns to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks. So, she wonders, what's the problem? Why on earth has she been taking such an infernal amount of heat from investors, Wall Street analysts, and the media? For she has been, and she clearly resents it. (Fortune) > View article

Zach Wahls: ‘That kid from YouTube’


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You know him as “That kid from YouTube,” but the now 20-year-old loving son of two moms, Zach Wahls hopes he will soon be “That kid from the New York Times Best Seller” list. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed — it would be great to be a New York Times best selling author before I can legally have a drink to celebrate that fact,” says former Eagle Scout Wahls about his two-week-old memoir “My Two Moms,” which has been in or near the Amazon top 100 best sellers all week. (Washington Blade) > View article

Charles Best: ‘Push intelligence out to the edge'


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DonorsChoose has been recognized as a non-profit that is changing the face of philanthropy. As Best explained, "There is a big change on the way in how long you have to wait and what you have to know to get to the marketplace." DonorsChoose is creating a marketplace where teachers can see their students' dreams come true. Today, more than 800,000 people have donated more than $100 million on DonorsChoose, so the game is changing. (Silicon Prairie News) > View article

WATCH: Majora Carter Delivers Keynote Speech at the Danville Regional Foundation


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Majora Carter is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto: "Green the ghetto!" With her inspired ideas and fierce persistence, Carter managed to bring the South Bronx its first open-waterfront park in 60 years, Hunts Point Riverside Park. Then she scored $1.25 million in federal funds for a greenway along the South Bronx waterfront, bringing the neighborhood open space, pedestrian and bike paths, and space for mixed-use economic development. > View article

Erik Stolhanske: How a Kid with a Wooden Leg Took on Tinseltown


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It begins in a pretty average middle-class suburb in Minnesota. But October 1, 1945, has some real significance for me. It was the day Rod Carew, the longtime Minnesota Twins’ Hall of Fame first baseman, was born — into abject poverty, literally on a train in Panama. Growing up, all I wanted to be was Rod Carew. At night, when I shut my eyes to fall asleep, I could see him stepping into the batter’s box, cracking a single down the third base line or spearing a line drive. Like a lot of other 8-year-old boys, every waking moment was about baseball. Like any self-respecting kid would, I nagged the hell out of my mom until she signed me up for Little League. And like every other kid on my team, I ran onto the field and played my heart out. The thing was, as much as I tried to be like everyone else, I knew deep down that I was different. You see, I was born without a fibula in my right leg. It was just one of those genetic mistakes. (Colgate Connect) > View article



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