Reasons to be cheerful, parts one and two

A parade in the French Quarter of New Orleans during Mardi Gras
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Small compromises are so rare in the US nowadays that we should be thankful for them

The discreet charm of Wells Fargo

After keeping a low profile during the subprime debacle, the bank has seen its reputation soar

The children of the Obama era are angry

African-American students have erupted in protest over what they see as continuing prejudice

Silicon Valley faces new political issue

The flaring of anti-tech feeling matters because Californian ideas have a way of spreading

Canadians hit at politics of austerity

Trudeau’s clever politics in a year when Canadians grew weary

I will miss the nude women in Playboy

The only thing the new kids on the block offer perusers of porn is more, weirder porn

Bloomberg 2016 is a billionaires’ fantasy

Talk of a third party candidacy reflects unease with today’s fractious politics

Yankee way to better work-life balance

A star baseball player’s admission to rehab has set off a timely national conversation

Koenig was the man who put VW on track

In those days it felt strange for a bunch of Jews to own a German car

Trump, Ford and the new abnormal

A politician who slings insults or smokes crack offers the public relief from all the repetition

Why it is wrong to forget Lehman’s fall

For all his oratorical skills, Obama is a lousy communicator when it comes to economic policy

On the waterfront with dumb & dumber

‘Bridgegate’ led investigators to take notice of the ‘chairman’s flight’ to and from South Carolina

Please, Obama, don’t build that library

The president ran for office as a different sort of candidate — he should leave in the same spirit

A balancing act in the Ailes-Trump circus

What’s good for the ratings of Fox News may be bad for the Republican brand

Our smartphone set is nice — too nice

Airbnb shows that even in this age of anxiety, in the tech space US consumers will trust blindly

Why Long Island wide boys love London

Much market malfeasance involves Big Apple-area riff-raff doing bad and/or dumb things in the UK

Bring on the revolution in banking culture

Regulators are already showing signs of saving lenders from their worst instincts

Harper Lee school of antisocial marketing

In this wired world, it pays to play hard to get

Republicans lose control of their herd

Fourteen presidential hopefuls have thrown their hats in the ring and three are poised to follow

The Lord is our shepherd in US politics

It is now our fate to have two political parties that are positioned on God’s side


Gary Silverman Gary Silverman is national editor and US deputy managing editor for the Financial Times. In this role, he writes the weekly “Notebook” column on key US political and business issues, and covers current events. He is based in New York. Previously, Silverman served as US News Editor, coordinating the FT’s daily Americas news coverage. He has also been a London-based marketing correspondent for the FT, as well as US banking editor. Prior to joining the FT in 1999, he was the money and banking editor of BusinessWeek, a business writer for Newsday, Hong Kong correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and a Malaysia correspondent for Bloomberg News. Silverman spent a year as a Gannett Foundation Fellow in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and began his career in journalism with United Press International, covering Congress and working as an editor on the world desk. In 2014, Silverman won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Best in Business prize for best newspaper commentary. A graduate of Princeton University, Silverman is married with two children.

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