JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s $543 million settlement with the trustee for Bernard Madoff’s defunct firm was approved by the judge overseeing its liquidation, ending a case in which thousands of investors accused the bank of turning a blind eye to the U.S.’s biggest Ponzi scheme.
President Barack Obama suffers from Groucho Marx syndrome: He favors those in the club he doesn’t belong to. Otherwise how to explain why he is fighting for Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense but didn't for Susan Rice to be secretary of state?
As the only woman in her university class in Franco’s Spain, Elena Salgado remembers being singled out by a professor who doubted she could keep up with the male students. After making a point to the class, her professor would turn to her and ask: “And you, do you also understand?”
What’s in a name? In 2008, supporters of a state ballot measure convinced a majority of California voters that there was a meaningful difference between extending full domestic partnership rights to gay couples and calling their relationships marriage.
The hero of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” is called “a lump of foul deformity” by his future wife. Rarely has foulness produced so many gallows laughs as it does with Kevin Spacey as the cunning crookback.
King Richard III has 1,171 lines in the drama Shakespeare named for him. Kevin Spacey mangles just about every one of them, beginning with “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York” right through “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” more than three hours later.