Obama was right to use the N-word

By enunciating the epithet he struck a blow against euphemism. This is leadership

Dallas skyline Texas

Municipal finances drop into the sewer

The city of Dallas has tried in recent months to make a buck by licensing its name and logo

The legacy of Jobs as a civil rights hero

Smartphones are ubiquitous and their video capabilities are shifting power to the streets

JPMorgan won’t pay for voicemail right now

These cuts are only a small part of the billions in expense reductions promised by Dimon’s bank

Britt Robertson and George Clooney in 'Tomorrowland'

Hollywood learns originality does not pay

Repetition in culture and politics remains popular with the public

Waco revives the rules of the OK Corral

The country would be in better shape if gun promoters were made to watch westerns

The Schwarzman school of philanthropy

Burdens should be shared fairly, even if that means eroding profitability of leveraged buyout houses

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McDonald’s: selling burgers, the Obama way

The problem that faces McDonald’s and its ilk is that younger Americans are turning against them

Twitter should stay far from the madding cloud

As crazy as this sounds in our high-tech world, the leak shows that we should go back to using paper

The US has forgotten the Vietnamese

Americans tend to think only of what they suffered during the war

Taking on Google is the Madisonian way

If there is one thing the leaders of our revolution feared, it was the concentration of power

Walter Scott’s life should have mattered

Casual brutality displayed by policeman supports the complaints of many black Americans

The funny thing about American comedy

The rise of foreign comics in the US is evidence of the triumph of the nation’s soft power

Goldman returns to political centre stage

With so many Goldmanistas related to top politicians, the cephalopod is again a big influence

Starbucks aims to brew the right thing

A model for those seeking to create brand ‘narrative’ in this brave new media world

Why Clinton’s cyber life is an issue

Folk go to the web to do bad things, like in Vegas, except what happens online does not stay there

California is too far out for politics

As last year’s congressional elections demonstrated, national politics is for pig farmers

A case for raising student borrowing age

We should take an equity position and treat the young like Buffett handles his investments

The dream worlds of the rich and famous

The public has watched prominent US and French citizens struggle to maintain a grip on reality

A spoonful of sugar is a sweet investment

Buffett’s greatness has been defined by his acceptance of the world as he has found it


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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