Observer: Fight Climate Change, Not Human Nature

Fight Climate Change, Not Human Nature

Climate change advocates write eloquent op-eds in prestigious newspapers almost every day. They publish books based on mountains of data and compelling arguments. They produce award-winning documentaries. And they hold conferences-a lot of conferences. While awareness and acceptance of global warming has certainly skyrocketed, scientists wouldn't ceaselessly issue dire warnings if we were adequately solving the problem.

CNBC: How tax reform could push more states to legalize marijuana

How tax reform could push more states to legalize marijuana

Some people will move to states with low income taxes like Texas or Florida (giving those states more representation in Congress). Some people will spend less money, hurting local businesses and reducing sales tax revenue. Towns and cities with high property taxes will quickly face another round of property tax revolts, driving down local revenue collection for schools and other services.

Inc: Why Most Employers Don't Worry About Where You Went to College (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

Why Most Employers Don't Worry About Where You Went to College (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

As an employer, I no longer think it matters all that much where our employees went to college. It's a misleading indicator. Sure, when someone goes to a top school, there's a signaling effect that they're smart. If you're curing cancer, every IQ point probably matters. We're not curing cancer.

CNBC: Uber drivers are 'independent contractors.' Here's how tax reform can settle the issue

Uber drivers are 'independent contractors.' Here's how tax reform can settle the issue

The Act reflects where our country's economy is going and that's why leading companies like Handy, Instacart, Glamsquad, Saucey, DoorDash and Postmates have all publicly thrown their support behind it. Together, these companies connect thousands of Americans to new work opportunities every day. Why does this really matter?

Observer: Why Would Anyone Be a Member of Either Political Party?

Why Would Anyone Be a Member of Either Political Party?

I don't like being told what to think, and I never have. So when I left the Democratic Party and became an independent a few years ago, it was a long time coming. Being told that I could only consider myself sufficiently progressive and evolved if I passed a purity test based primarily on the self-interest of the people arbitrating my moral fitness didn't work for me.

Inc: How Can Other Companies Benefit from the NFL's Recent Genius PR Pivot?

How Can Other Companies Benefit from the NFL's Recent Genius PR Pivot?

You've got to hand it to the NFL. They may send their employees into situations every single day that cause brain damage - and then lie shamelessly about it. They may have blackballed Colin Kaepernick from the league. But a brand new offensive lineman named Trump created an unexpected hole in the line and the league brilliantly ran right through it.

Inc: This Is Why It's Not the NFL's Fault We Can't Expect Their Ratings To Keep Up

This Is Why It's Not the NFL's Fault We Can't Expect Their Ratings To Keep Up

NFL ratings are down again. Last season, they blamed declining ratings on Trump and the election. They've already blamed Hurricane Irma for the low ratings this season. In anticipation of a continued ratings slump, we put together a list of ready-made excuses for the league - this way they don't have to acknowledge that their product causes brain damage, turning off more and more viewers.

Observer: Money Doesn’t Buy Friendship With Politicians. Just Ask Harvey Weinstein.

Money Doesn't Buy Friendship With Politicians. Just Ask Harvey Weinstein.

On Thursday night, The New York Times published a piece entitled " Democrats, Seeking to Disavow Weinstein, Plan to Give His Donations to Charity," which explained that politicians like Pat Leahy, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal and Martin Heinrich are now distancing themselves from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, after multiple allegations of sexual harassment became public.

Inc: If Success is Variable,

If Success is Variable,

The more I fail -- and the more I succeed -- the more my definition of success evolves. In the past eighteen months, I've had plenty of failures: the SuperPAC I launched to try to find a better Mayor for New York City fell flat, the tv pilot I wrote has completely stalled, and one of the subsidiaries of our holding company is effectively defunct.

Observer: Alabama Republicans Teach Trump a Lesson: It’s Not All About Him

Alabama Republicans Teach Trump a Lesson: It's Not All About Him

It's not about you, and it never really is. Donald Trump learned this last night when Republican voters in Alabama chose Roy Moore over Trump's preferred candidate, Luther Strange, in a special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. Trump's immigration ban and attack on NFL players who kneel down for their beliefs wasn't enough.

Recode: Want members of Congress to get stuff done? Let’s let them work from home, too.

Want members of Congress to get stuff done? Let's let them work from home, too.

Donald Trump was right about one thing: Washington, D.C., and the inside-the-Beltway culture certainly is a swamp. The interests of the connected, the powerful and the highly ideological are so prevalent, so pervasive, that there's really no escape. But while "draining the swamp" may be a great slogan, there's no sign that anything is actually changing.