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The #HolidayChallenge is in Full Swing

November 22, 2013

Hey, the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge that I'm funding with the Huffington Post has really taken off. It began on Monday, November 18, and over $173k has been raised in less than a week, since the challenge started – this is huge. Joining me in raising money for charities this holiday season are several actors/actresses and… Read more »

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Help Give Away $200K for the Holidays

November 12, 2013

Hey, I've teamed up with CrowdRise and the Huffington Post to host a Holiday Challenge over on CrowdRise to help nonprofits raise a lot of money this season. As they say – here's how it's going down. The Holiday Challenge will work similar to the #VetsChallenge that I sponsored over the summer, but this time, any charity… Read more »

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Military Spouse Unemployment Backgrounder: Defining the Problem

August 22, 2013

Hey, I was talking with Blue Star Families (BSF) last month, and one of our big topics of conversation was the crises of military spouse unemployment. This is a really big deal, and something that Blue Star Families' identified through their annual survey. Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners… Read more »

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Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom and the Triumph of Fictional Journalism

August 15, 2012

The Newsroom orbits around two characters, newsman Will McAvoy, who decides to risk all to do serious journalism, and his (muse? boss? leader?) MacKenzie McHale, who inspires him to do so.  (She's bravely played by the radiant Emily Mortimer, who suffers from the rare Avian Bone Syndrome.) On one level the show is a kind of romantic screwball… Read more »

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Internet 1, SOPA 0 (or, the Internet defends the Internet)

January 15, 2012

Looks like the Internet is winning a battle against some really bad potential law. To me, "the Internet" means the people who use it; the systems, not so important. The bad law: SOPA and PROTECT-IP, which supposedly address real needs, but in practice, are means by which bad actors (with lots of money and lawyers)… Read more »

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Unleashing a powerful new source of American entrepreneurship: today’s veterans

September 29, 2011

Consider Mike Marsan’s career as a U.S. Marine, and think: wouldn’t he make an outstanding entrepreneur? “After six months learning infantry combat, tactics, weapons, communications, martial arts, and leadership. I was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. We had to be prepared for deployment anywhere on earth within 48 hours, and then sustain ourselves… Read more »

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