How slavery’s lingering stain on the US Constitution spoils Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax proposal – for now

Slavery was a sticking point at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Howard Chandler Christy/The Indian Reporter, CC BY Key Democrats are proposing ways to make the rich pay more taxes. I believe one of the most promising is Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax. There’s only one snag: It is arguably unconstitutional. Under her proposal, households […]

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Why the $22 trillion national debt doesn’t matter – here’s what you should worry about instead

Does a few more trillion make a difference? AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta The U.S. federal government’s debt load hit another milestone this month: It’s now a record US$22 trillion in nominal terms. That’s $67,000 for every man, woman and child living in the U.S., and it’s up $2 trillion since President Donald Trump took office […]

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Sex robots are here, but laws aren’t keeping up with the ethical and privacy issues they raise

The robots are here. Are the “sexbots” close behind? From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the national conversation about the future of sex and relationships. Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual […]

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How to say ‘I’m sorry,’ whether you’ve appeared in a racist photo, harassed women or just plain screwed up

“I’m sorry.” These two words may seem simple, but the ability to express them when you’re in the wrong is anything but – particularly for those in the public eye. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, to name a recent example, was forced to apologize after his 1984 medical school yearbook page resurfaced showing two unnamed men, […]

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Amazon HQ2: Texas experience shows why New Yorkers were right to be skeptical

Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews New York offered Amazon close to US$3 billion to build a “second” headquarters in Long Island City on the promise of 25,000 jobs. Since the deal was joyfully announced in November, however, many local residents and some politicians […]

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