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joe biden
WASHINGTON February 27, 2024
The president’s reelection problem is deeper than his team realizes. If Biden wants to hold on to the White House, and defeat Donald Trump, he’ll need to understand the Black community in a whole new way.
bill ackman
SILICON VALLEY February 12, 2024
An inside look at a revolution in retreat: when and where our collective attention faded, the corporations and well-meaning practitioners who dropped the ball, and how we can still change the culture.
Jon Stewart has changed. The media has changed. And somewhere along the way to Charlottesville and January 6th, political comedy started getting more serious.
HOLLYWOOD January 28, 2024
Jon Stewart returns to the Daily Show anchor chair as a citizen, not just a comedian, and at a time of crisis for the media he lampooned, for political comedy itself, and for the nation. No pressure!
sam altman
SILICON VALLEY January 15, 2024
On OpenAI eating the internet, the lawsuit heard ‘round the world, and a blueprint for detente with the media and entertainment business.


When Sam Altman’s OpenAI launched ChatGPT, it quickly became the leading brand for artificial intelligence. Is that singular reign is about to come to an end?
SILICON VALLEY January 1, 2024
Ten predictions for the new year, from internet enjunkification to LLM lawsuits, boardroom de-wokening, a green energy boom, and more.
Harvard president Claudine Gay, University of Pennsylvania president Elizabeth Magill, and M.I.T. president Sally Kornbluth responding to a line of congressional questioning about antisemitism at elite universities.
WASHINGTON December 17, 2023
The public scandal around Claudine Gay and Liz Magill, among others, has distracted us from the real problem here: Elite institutions should focus less on press releases and more on their power to convene experts and host well-facilitated discussions. This is hard work, but it is desperately needed.
Sam Altman’s OpenAI is a strange beast, with a Russian nesting doll structure containing a for-profit company inside a nonprofit organization.
SILICON VALLEY December 3, 2023
Reflections on the anniversary of ChatGPT: the Q star breakthrough, Altman’s ouster, A.I. red lines, and why capital is stronger than containment.
President Obama speaks with attendees at The Obama Foundation Democracy Forum on November 3, 2023 in Chicago, IL. Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent.
WASHINGTON November 19, 2023
Reflections on media fragmentation in the Obama era, how Trump accelerated its breakup, and what Biden can do to find a new way forward.


As the war on the ground enters new phases and delivers new casualties, the information war also intensifies.
WASHINGTON October 29, 2023
A conversation with Noam Shuster-Eliassi, the Israeli comedian and peace activist, on living through the hell of physical war and the turbulence of social media distortion—and the complexity of grieving for both the Israelis and Palestinians.
It’s stunning how quickly every part of life now involves some digital or online interaction, and how haphazard the rollout has been.
SILICON VALLEY October 8, 2023
The digitization of our lives and livelihoods is leaving millions of Americans—particularly the elderly—on the wrong side of the digital divide. Is it possible to age-proof Silicon Valley?
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