What If Dick Cheney's First Heart Attack Had Killed Him?

Hamilton Nolan · 10/17/13 11:26AM

Dick "Dick" Cheney, the defining political figure of 21st century America, is publishing a book next week called Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, about his own health problems. Cheney had the first of his five heart attacks in 1978. What if he had not survived?

Now Your Indie Rock Idols Are Writing Crossword Puzzles

John Cook · 10/09/13 12:54PM

Ben Tausig, the mind formerly behind the Onion AV Club's crossword puzzles and a Gawker pal, has launched the American Values Club Crossword, a weekly subscription crossword puzzle that will feature various notables writing crossword puzzles, because why not? You can go here to buy the inaugural submission, which Tausig co-wrote with Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo fame, who is probably an awesome puzzler. Future puzzles are forthcoming from Comedian of Comedy Patton Oswalt and former Oxford English Dictionary editor Jesse Sheidlower. Can't do better for a dollar. (Which is how much each one costs.)

How to Earn Better Returns than Warren Buffett

Hamilton Nolan · 10/07/13 03:27PM

When the great recession struck in 2008, many companies desperate for help turned to Warren Buffett, the world's only well-liked rich guy. He spent the next few years spreading around tens of billions of dollars of investments in distressed companies. How's that working out for him?

Here Are The 24 Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Stars in the World

Camille Dodero · 09/25/13 04:30PM

Earlier this week, Forbes released its annual breakdown of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings"—the highest-paid rap artists of the last year. It's an interesting calculation for many reasons, including the revelations that Pitbull made more than Drake, that both Nicki Minaj and Avicii brought in more than Kanye, and that the top 20 spots contain five white guys, one of whose names rhymes with Tacklebore.

Homeless Man Returns Backpack Full of Cash to Best Buy Employee

Lacey Donohue · 09/15/13 06:26PM

A homeless man found a backpack filled with a large sum of money, travelers checks, and a passport outside a Dorchester mall in Massachusetts on Saturday and turned it over to police officers. He alerted Boston police in front of the South Bay Mall TJ Maxx store and gave them the bag filled with $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler’s checks, and a Republic of China passport. The Good Samaritan, according to Boston police, could only provide them with his name and the address of the shelter where he is currently staying.

Trader Joe’s No Longer Offering Health Benefits to Part-Timers

Lacey Donohue · 09/12/13 08:42PM

Trader Joe’s fans are now going to have a harder time defending the store’s “great treatment” of workers. Famous for providing health benefits to even part-time employees, the company announced that all those who work under 30 hours a week will no longer be eligible for company-provided insurance in the new year. Instead they will be forced to pick their insurance policy from the exchanges created under the Affordable Health Care Act.

Welcome Back, Richard Johnson

Hamilton Nolan · 09/05/13 11:15AM

Richard Johnson spent a quarter century turning the New York Post's Page Six column into America's premier tabloid gossip column. Three years ago, he left for a big money gig on the West Coast. Now, he is returning home. Welcome back, you sleazeball!

White Sheriff Scolds Black College President for Hosting Rap Concert

Hamilton Nolan · 09/03/13 10:08AM

This year, at the request of students, Florida Gulf Coast University booked Kendrick Lamar and Ludacris as the headliners at its annual "Eaglepalooza" concert. Well— the local sheriff is outraged that FGCU's president— a black man!— would stand for this filth.

Andrew Ross Sorkin Is Such a Wall Street Bootlicker Sometimes

Hamilton Nolan · 08/20/13 10:11AM

Andrew Ross Sorkin, the whiz kid-ish New York Times Dealbook reporter, sometimes gets unfairly characterized as a bootlicking Wall Street suckup who wants only to ingratiate himself with the powerful. Other times—like today—that characterization is completely fair.

One in Five People Can't Repay Their Federal Student Loans

Hamilton Nolan · 08/06/13 11:30AM

In 2010, the federal government stopped guaranteeing private student loans and started issuing student loans directly. This policy change was designed to, in some way, help alleviate the student loan crisis. How's that going?

Yes Virginia, There Is a Darwin

Hamilton Nolan · 07/12/13 01:00PM

Virginia Heffernan was once a high-profile tech and culture writer for the New York Times. For this reason, she is taken seriously. Yesterday, she wrote an essay entitled "Why I'm a Creationist." It amounts to a very specific guide as to why Virginia Heffernan should no longer be taken seriously.