I ran with an exclusive interview I conducted tonight with Mark Cuban about his views on Donald Trump and whether he thinks he’d make a good VP running mate for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Find it here.
It’s been a couple of years since I last spoke to Mark Cuban, someone I first met when I was a young 20-something tech reporter covering Microsoft for PC Week. Later, I worked with him to get a comment on the biography of Apple founder Steve Wozniak I wrote back in 2006 (iWoz: Norton, 2006/2014) and again in 2011 for an exclusive investigation I did for ComputerWorld on patent trolls.
He responded speedily, articulate as always. So tonight, looking at all the pieces that have run in the last few days featuring Cuban’s criticisms of Donald, I shot him an email. Last summer, media everywhere was trumpeting how the billionaire entrepreneur and Mavericks’ owner was firmly in the Trump camp. That surprised me then. So today I asked him, “why the change.”
Cuban emailed me back minutes later with an explanation, beginning with the statement “I never said I’d vote for Donald Trump.” He also talked a bit about his readiness to be a running mate, not to Trump, but to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The whole story is here where I posted it, at aNewDomain.
Donald Trump returned empty-handed today from his first foreign policy venture as global tough guy and presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
In true Reality vs Reality TV style, UK Prime Minister David Cameron today refused to apologize for calling Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims “stupid, divisive and wrong.” So much for the Trump camp’s demand that he either issue an apology or retract those remarks.
Not only did Cameron refuse to retract his remarks from earlier this year, but he reiterated his view that Trump’s proposal for banning was Muslims was wrong, is wrong and will remain wrong. And he gave detailed reasons why.
You gotta love Cameron’s Churchillian rhetorical scheme. But that’s not the big takeaway.
Throughout the primaries, Trump has been roaring about how he was going to make countries like China, Russia, North Korea and Syria get in line. From now on, they will have to respect the US as being the hypo-macho global generalissimo. Pax Americana, America First and all that. But he can’t even make the Brits bow down — not even a little.
I just wrote up a quick obituary on one of my favorite rock, R&B and jazz artists. The artist known as Prince was found dead today in an elevator inside his home. He was 57. Find my full obit for him here.
So far, the cause of death is unknown, reps say, adding that the police are investigating.
Earlier today, however, a rep talking to TMZ noted that the musician had been struggling with a bad case of influenza for weeks.
Here is “Purple Rain” from the eponymous album it headlines.
Very sad to see such a gifted artist go … gs.
Cover image credit: Above: Prince’s symbol, which Prince used instead of his name for several years in the 1990s: Simon Cousins, via Google+
Why, he wonders, are African American voters mostly supporting Hillary Clinton, when Bernie Sanders has a long history of civil rights advocacy. (That’s a photo of Sanders, above, being arrested in 1963 at a Civil Rights march in Chicago).
While Sanders was marching against racial injustice in the early 1960s, Hillary Clinton was, by all accounts, a Young Republican … and a Goldwater girl. Read the story here …
In honor of Weed Day 2016, aka 420 Day, I caught up with Michael Bologna, the co-founder of Green Lion Partners, a biz strategy and consultancy focused on the legal cannabis industry. Click here to read the story over at aNewDomain …
So I’ve been digging deeply into the Panama Papers scandal. And I discovered that Mossack Fonseca, the multinational law firm at the center of the multi billion dollar controversy, didn’t just help create offshore shell companies for corrupt world leaders, drug dealers and other money launderers. It also offered a wide range of data services through a wholly owned subsidiary called E-volusoft.
Bo’ao, Hainan Province, China — So I was among 170 international business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and a handful of media invited to attend a closed-door, one-hour dialogue with China Premier Li Keqiang.
This was a sideline event related to the 2016 Boao Forum for Asia, an event that’s billed as “the Davos of Asia.”
I wrote a story about Li’s comments regarding keeping China open and creating a “level playing field” so foreign companies can compete with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) here without restriction.
For sure, this has been a business trip to remember. I’ll be posting images from the Boao Forum (BFA 2016) and my extended stay in the Chinese resort city of Sanya later this weekend. Click here to read my coverage of the closed-door session I attended with Chinese Premier Li …
The Sierra Club and Public Justice this week filed a federal lawsuit against three energy companies who are fracking in Oklahoma. Increasingly, scientists are linking the strong earthquakes in the region to the drilling practice — and they are especially concerned about possible contamination of the water supply, too. On this basis, the lawsuit demands these companies dramatically curtail the practice.
To understand what the connection between fracking, dirty water and quakes might be, click here. Read the recent filing in full, below.
Here’s astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson speaking off the cuff yesterday after LIGO’s gravitational waves discovery news was officially out. Here, Tyson discusses how the Laser Interferometer detected the collision of two black holes, the space-time distortions that resulted and what it all means.