You Just Got a Bargain on a Flat Screen TV. Don't Let the Salesman Scam You Into Buying Overpriced Cables
Flat-screen televisions are a hot gift this year. Despite the awful economy, sales are up over last season, mostly because high-definition televisions, once prohibitively priced, are so much more affordable than they used to be.
On Monday I wrote about the new Barnes & Noble e-book reader, called the Nook, and how it is part of a larger strategy by the bookseller to topple Amazon.
There is a lot of buzz that Barnes & Noble will release its anticipated e-reading device tomorrow. If the usual rumor sites are to be believed, it will have an e-ink screen, like Amazon's Kindle, and it will have built-in wireless so you can buy books over the air, like the Kindle.
The executives who run big, ailing news organizations—in particular Tom Curley of AP and News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch—complain every chance they get that search engines—in particular Google—are stealing from them, because Google links to their stories but doesn't pay the AP or News Corp.
But it is easy to say you are. Why some companies are pretending to be more eco-conscious than they actually are.
There is a theme running through Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's new autobiography: It's only affirmative action if you go looking for a job, not if it comes looking for you.
Gary Ackerman is the last man you'd expect George W. Bush to turn to for advice. Just elected to his 13th term in the House, the New York Democrat thinks the president's handling of the Iraq war has been "totally inept." So Ackerman was a bit surprised when Bush invited him and other members of Congress to the White House last Wednesday morning, just hours after the long-awaited Baker-Hamilton report was released.
You'd think it would take a good long while for official Washington to read, ponder and absorb the 79 recommendations contained in the 160-page Iraq Study Group report.
Welcome to the day after. The people have spoken. And so—at impressive length—have the anchors and spinners and "commentators." So now you wonder: What Does It All Mean? The morning newspapers—and the Democrats themselves—maintain that the election represents "a decisive turning of the tide" for the Democrats and "a stunning reversal of fortune" for the president.
Rick Santorum once dreamed of being president. Now, the Pennsylvania Republican is struggling just to hang on to his Senate seat. Never one to keep his thoughts to himself--you'll recall his concerns about gay marriage leading to "man on dog" matrimony--Santorum has a talent for the disparaging remark, often aimed at his Democratic Senate colleagues.
For seven years, Jason DeParle, a senior writer for The New York Times, followed three welfare mothers, Angie Jobe, Jewell Reed and Opal Caples, as they struggled to make ends meet and keep their families together. "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare" opens in 1991, just after the women, who are cousins, move from Chicago to Milwaukee in search of cheaper rent and more generous government checks.
All Summer, You Watched George W. Bush And John Kerry Snipe And Sneer At Each Other From A Distance. Now, See Them Do It Live, On The Same Stage! The Upcoming Presidential Debates Could Push Kerry Over The Top--Or Seal The Deal For Bush. A Newsweek Guide To Verbal Combat.
Some days a guy can feel he's got the weight of the world on his shoulders. For George W. Bush it's every day. What with the menacing enemies he's got in Iraq, Afghanistan--France--not to mention a groggy economy and a nasty re-election fight, you'd think those jogging-scarred knees might just start to buckle.
THE REAL BATTLEGROUND STATE The mother of all campaign issues. Though Kerry voted in favor of the war in Iraq, he as been very critical of the way Bush has handled it, saying the president overstated the intelligence, alienated the rest of the world and failed to prepare for the bloody aftermath.