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Careful there: Democrats throwing their weight behind Rob Quist in the congressional special election in Montana should be cautious, Jim Newell writes. Quist may very well lose, dashing some hopes that have climbed far too high.
It’s a common observation that poverty is expensive. That living on the margins—or close to them—means higher costs for basic necessities like housing, food, and transportation. That living paycheck-to-paycheck makes ordinary banking more difficult—overdraft fees aren’t a particular problem for middle-income and affluent people—and puts affordable credit out of reach. That precarious employment makes eviction—a costly, traumatic event—more likely. Most salaried workers won’t have to delay medical care, rely on payday lenders, or spend $15 to cash checks that they earned. Too many low-income Americans have to do just that.
The past 15 years of American war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere have brought the public several incarnations of a very particular media archetype: the übermensch general.
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 years old this week, and to mark the occasion, Apple Records has trotted out a deluxe reissue set, the crown jewel of which is a new stereo remix of the album by Giles Martin, son of the late Sir George Martin. The younger Martin’s mix is a revelation: For Beatles obsessives and audiophiles, it accomplishes the feat of finally delivering a stereo mix that feels both sonically and spiritually true to the original mono mix. For casual Beatles fans unfamiliar with the album’s mono mix, which has been largely unavailable during the compact disc and post–compact disc eras, the experience may well be akin to hearing the album anew, with fresh ears and a revived appreciation for what all the hype was about.
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Ford CEO Mark Fields stepped down this week, a victim of his company’s suffering stock price. His successor is Jim Hackett, the former CEO of furniture market Steelcase, who had been heading Ford’s Silicon Valley–based autonomous vehicle efforts. In an era in which Tesla boasts an astronomical market cap and Google, Uber, and Apple are elbow-jabbing to perfect self-driving technology, one of Fields’ apparent shortcomings was that Ford, under his watch, simply wasn’t good enough at technology.
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