The Detroit News Published 12:01 PM EST Dec 3, 2018 Former Detroit News political columnist George Weeks died on Friday in Traverse City at the age of 86, leaving a legacy of political insight on the Great Lakes State. Weeks was an influential member of Michigan's political scene as a a former United Press International reporter and close aide to Republican Michigan Gov. William Milliken for 14 years. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Weeks wrote a book called "Stewards of the State: The Governors of Michigan" that is considered "one of the all-time great resources in Michigan government and politics," tweeted Zach Gorchow, editor of the Gongwer subscription news service that covers Michigan politics. After leaving government, he became a columnist for The News, where he was the go-to source for observations about high-profile and more obscure elected officials throughout the Great Lakes State. He retired from The News in 2006 after 22 years at the … [Read more...] about George Weeks dies, leaving a legacy of political insight
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opinion Nolan Finley The Detroit News Published 10:21 AM EST Nov 29, 2018 Looking at a Congress he dominated for six decades, former Rep. John Dingell now sees an institution “reviled by the American people.” The Dearborn Democrat says the reason Congress has lost the nation’s trust is that its members refuse to cooperate or compromise, revere partisanship above public service and lick the boots of those who write the checks. Dingell, 92 and retired for four years, offers an unflinchingly frank view of Washington in his new book, "The Dean, The Best Seat in the House," a combination biography and critique of the nation's current leadership. This is not mere armchair quarterbacking from a man who holds the record as the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history. Dingell is angry, yes, but he well remembers when the government actually functioned, and did so honorably, and is determined to help set it back on course. And while he saves most of … [Read more...] about Finley: The Dean on how to fix government
I was sent a tweet yesterday, which made an insinuation that because I was employed to work in Formula 1, I was being paid to not “understand” the political and moral questions over the hosting of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. I took some umbrage to this, not least because until this week I believe I was the only F1 journalist to have set foot in Bahrain since the 2010 Formula 1 Grand Prix, but more so because I have a degree in Political Science. I believe I have precisely the correct background not only to understand the very complex issues at stake in the Gulf State, but also to comment on them. As a student of both law and politics in my lifetime, I could and some might argue that I should be writing and broadcasting about the morality of holding a race this weekend in Bahrain. But here’s the thing. I’m not a political journalist. Nor am I a war correspondent. I travel to do my job armed not with a flak jacket and a helmet, but with a microphone … [Read more...] about Bahrain… safety and morality.
Drawing on his recent book, Professor Desai will discuss how the humanities can be used to improve and illuminate financial theory and practice. Using sources ranging from Jane Austen to Mel Brooks, Desai argues that the core ideas of finance are linked closely to our humanity, in contrast to the prevailing view of finance. That linkage allows an easier entry point to the ideas of finance and provides a roadmap to rehabilitating finance. Mihir A. Desai is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University; his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Brown University. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance. His work … [Read more...] about Mihir A. Desai “The Wisdom of Finance — Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return”
Sebastian Vettel at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix I have attempted to steer clear of writing about Baku since Sunday. The dust kicked up by Sebastian Vettel’s lap 19 contretemps with Lewis Hamilton has now begun to settle, thanks in no small part to the FIA confirming that it is investigating whether or not there is due cause to initiate a hearing on the matter. As such, now is perhaps a good time to try to make sense of it all. The incident itself has been pored over countless times and yet there still appears to be some confusion over exactly what happened, the rules which surround Safety Car periods and how they change when those periods are coming to a close, and finally about exactly what the FIA investigation represents. I’ll do my best to explain, in the knowledge that I will, as I have been countless times this week already, likely be dubbed a Hamilton fanboy, a Vettel sympathiser, an FIA apologist and an anti-FIA zealot hell-bent on taking the fun out of the … [Read more...] about Trial and Retribution