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Okay, WTF Is The Matter with Uber?

Uber CEO (seemingly in both senses) Travis Kalanick now says his fellow executive's suggestion that Uber might oppo research and try to smear a critical female journalist was a "terrible" idea. Yes, I would say that is probably right.

Separate from the details of this incident, it's been quite a while since I've seen what is by any measure an amazingly successful startup manage to generate this much negative publicity based fairly narrowly on the behavior of its top executives.

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Why Shutdownism is Back With a Vengeance

Great look at why DC Republicans, especially clear players in the Senate have decided, have decided that the November elections mean the time has finally come for government shutdowns, or in other words, refusing to fund the government unless President Obama concedes to GOP demands.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and head of the Senate GOP campaign arm says: "The president, who said his policies were under referendum — they were. And they were rejected ... When the Republicans have the majority — let me say it differently, when Congress is functioning again — then I think the opportunity to use the power of the purse strings is appropriate."

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