"We had decided to invite him because he was such an important part of our lives,..." Holmgren told the Washingtonian. "We also asked him if he could officiate, and he was intrigued with the idea."The 44th president secured a temporary officiant's license from the District of Columbia and graced the marriage certificate with his signature. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama, the Best Wedding Guest Ever? Ex-President Officiates Washington Wedding
The Democratic proposals on automatically enrolling workers into pension schemes is classic Nudge. The policy leaves it up to employees to leave their pension schemes if they insist, but it bets that inertia means most won't lift a finger either way. By leaving people the option of making bad choices Thaler and his cohort can deny the charge that they want the return of the nanny state. Their vision could be described as the au pair state: a more informal, less heavy-handed but still ever so slightly intrusive creature. … [Read more...] about From Obama to Cameron, why do so many politicians want a piece of Richard Thaler?
Several European countries have passed sweeping authoritarian laws to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, from banning people from meeting in groups of more than two in public, to requiring citizens to fill out a government form in order to leave their own homes. Yet international criticism for unprecedented attacks on civil liberties in Europe seems to be limited to Hungary, where moves by other countries are quietly accepted. … [Read more...] about Former Obama-Era U.S. Ambassador Calls for Hungary to Be Expelled from EU
The guest list, in addition to being smaller, will have a lower percentage of dignitaries than William and Kate's, which was flooded with royals like Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Prince Albert of Monaco, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and several politicians throughout the Commonwealth. … [Read more...] about Who Is Invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding? Guest List Rules and More
The captain of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, one of the most fearsome assets in the US arsenal, pleaded for large-scale evacuation, saying that the virus was spreading uncontrollably through his crew, currently in the US Pacific territory of Guam. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus transforms New York as US overtakes China toll