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Thomas Ricks: New Book Examines How America's Founders Were Influenced by Classic Works

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks discusses his new book about the founding fathers and their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics. He wrote First Principles while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.

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What's Ivanka Trump's next move?

Exactly seven weeks from today, Donald Trump won't be President anymore. And likewise, his eldest daughter, Ivanka, will be out of a job.

See, Ivanka -- along with her husband, Jared Kushner -- have spent the last four years by her dad's side in Washington, emerging as major behind-the-scenes (and sometimes in front of them) players in the, um, tempestuous Trump administration. While Ivanka won't be working in the White House anymore, she's not going to just disappear.As The Washington Post's Jacqueline Alemany (SHS 2007)



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Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee

The FLAG Art Foundation presents Nicole Eisenman (SHS 1983) and Keith Boadwee, on view December 12, 2020-March 13, 2021 on its 9th and 10th floors. The recipient of The Contemporary Austin’s 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize, Eisenman created thematically-linked solo exhibitions for The Contemporary (Sturm und Drang, on view at the museum in Austin, Texas, February 27-November 15, 2020) and FLAG. Eisenman expanded the exhibition at FLAG to include artist Keith Boadwee; their shared use of humor and critical observation questions both real and imagined power structures, upends art history, and lampoons notions of “good taste.”

Nicole Eisenman employs a plurality of styles and visual references in her drawings, paintings, and sculptures to give shape to the many forms of the human condition. At FLAG, Eisenman’s cast of characters are emblematic of the patriarchy—frat guys, paunchy businessmen, and bald eagles—the foundations of which she gleefully undermines through absurdity, caricature, and gallows humor. A concurrent exhibition of upwards of 250 abject drawings by Keith Boadwee dovetails with Eisenman’s presentation. Installed en masse, Boadwee’s works depict a near infinite variety of scatological scenes that assert one’s agency over their body, its functions, messiness, and pleasures.

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Douglas Rushkoff (SHS 1979) talks cyberpunks and Bitcoin with Isaac Morehouse on Streamanity

What was originally rumored at CoinGeek Live has finally happened, and is now live on Streamanity.

Crash Inc. CEO Isaac Morehouse and the cyberpunk, author, producer, podcaster, media theorist, and visionary Douglas Rushkoff got together to discuss a variety of topics exclusively on Streamanity.

Both Morehouse and Rushkoff participated in the “Social & Online Content Creators: Moving On-Chain to Make Money” panel on day two of CoinGeek Live. The panel explored the numerous ways that Bitcoin offers a better alternative to the current content creation outlets, as well as how content creators can move on-chain to make money in the digital era that we live in.

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Cleveland Cavaliers hire Greg Buckner as an assistant coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have a solid coaching staff at this point, when looking at their current situation heading into the 2020-21 season.

Assistant coaches such as Dan Geriot and Lindsay Gottlieb (SHS 1995) appear to have really aided Cleveland from a player development standpoint as key assistants for Cleveland, as well as Cavs director of player development/assistant coach Mike Gerrity.

And it seems to me that the Cavs have their long-term answer at head coach in J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over in that role post-All-Star break last season for John Beilein, who then stepped down from that role and has an unspecified role within the Cavaliers organization.

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The Bizarre Injury Aaron Sorkin Sustained while writing a fight scene

If Aaron Sorkin's name sounds familiar, that's not because he's a famous actor or singer. However, he is a well-known and respected figure in show business. That's because he's arguably "Hollywood's most celebrated and scrutinized screenwriter," according to The Hollywood Reporter. That status is, in part, because he "has long been fascinated by the crackling combo of politics, media, and the law," and uses his shows and movies to work out and share the results of that particular passion, Los Angeles Magazine points out. In fact, "[t]hroughout his long, impressive career," he "has dramatized some of the most topical subjects of the day."


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Chegg Inc (CHGG) PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-CHAIRMAN Daniel Rosensweig Sold $2 million of Shares

PRESIDENT, CEO & CO-CHAIRMAN of Chegg Inc (30-Year FinancialInsider TradesDaniel Rosensweig (SHS 1979)(insider trades) sold 28,000 shares of CHGG on 11/19/2020 at an average price of $70.64 a share. The total sale was $2 million.

Chegg Inc is a student-first connected learning platform empowering students to take control of their education to save time and money. It offers its products and services under Chegg services and required materials categories. Chegg Inc has a market cap of $9.15 billion; its shares were traded at around $71.02 with and P/S ratio of 15.85. GuruFocus has detected 3 severe warning signs with Chegg Inc. .

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COVID hit startups badly – but something surprising is happening

At the end of last year, the Middle East's startup scene was on the up and up. The region's ride-hailing service, Careem, was acquired by Uber in a $3.1bn deal, and the wider industry witnessed record levels of engagement. 

Research from MAGNiTT, a startup data platform, revealed that $704m was invested across 564 different startups across the region in 2019. "To put it into perspective, 2009 saw $15m of funding in five venture deals," the company noted. 

"The story remains success breeding success," Christopher Schroeder (SHS 1982) co-founder Next Billion Ventures and author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East, told ZDNet. "The massive mobile penetration [is] attracting investment from within the region," Schroeder observed, and that investment is coupled "with more global tech companies exploring ways to enter".

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Author And Journalist Tom Ricks: Founding Fathers Expected Today's Political State

Tom Ricks spent decades as a journalist, including covering the U.S. military for newspapers and writing books about the war in Iraq.

Then he decided to take a step back, moving to an island in Maine where he's been reading the words of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others.

He says it's important to read the works of these founders, "because we still live in the house they designed."

Ricks has written a book called First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country.

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Aaron Sorkin Explains Why 'The Newsroom' Felt Like a "Pebble in the Shoe"

Aaron Sorkin (SHS 1979) was never able to get The Newsroom to where he wanted it to go, which happened for a number of reasons.

In a recent video interview with Vanity Fair in which he discussed his entire career, the Oscar-winning screenwriter dove into the issues he faced with the HBO series.

"I was never able to get it quite right," Sorkin began. "I always felt like I had a pebble in my shoe. I felt like I could write a good scene. I could put a couple of good scenes together." Sorkin compared the situation to a football team that can put together two good quarters of play, but not a full game's worth.

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