Wed, 05/02/2012 - 09:36 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
By The PolyCapitalist:
If you were expecting Private Empire, the latest book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll, to serve as a hit piece on Exxon Mobil (XOM) (and "big oil" in general) you'll be somewhat disappointed.
Playboy Enterprises, the magazine's parent company, said Monday morning that magazine founder Hugh Hefner has offered to buy all of the shares of the media empire that he doesn't already own -- amounting to about $120 million. The 84-year-old Hefner also wants to turn it into a privately held company, which means taking it off the stock market. Hefner said he's concerned about the Playboy brand and the magazine's editorial direction.
The Washington Post has me doing a live web chat at 2:00 on the now apparently inevitable health care reform. If you wan to ask me some questions, please head over there . . . you can actually submit questions now, but the answers won't go live until 2:00.
It starts with an ordinary legal pad made by a company that's been around for more than a century. This is the first of two stories we're doing today on Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney helped found.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The periodic table lists 118 different chemical elements. And yet, for thousands of years, humans have really, really liked one of them in particular: gold. A chemist explains.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us