Why is the New York Times freaking out about book deals?

What's happening to Sports Illustrated?

So, a bizarre deal where they're selling the brand to ABG. But Meredith Corp. is going to license back that brand to continue publishing the actual magazine for up to two years. Presumably while ABG, which is really just a retail group, learns what the hell it means to publish a magazine. What it actually means is that the brand is worth more than the product that it publishes. It's a harsh truth for the newsroom but it is the truth. And my money is actually on S.I. folding eventually in the next two years.

Why is the New York Times freaking out about book deals?

So there are more than 25 New York Times reporters right now with a book deal, which means they're going to apply for book leave to go actually write the thing. Now the New York Times leadership had to crack the whip because they need your staff at their desk doing the job or out in the field doing the jobs they were hired for.

What this highlights to me is how insane it is that newspapers still haven't gotten in on the action. It's a thing in journalism you get a book deal it builds your reputation it's good for the brand but at some point newspapers that are looking for new income streams are going to realize that they funded the journalism in the first place that led to the book. If you look at John Carreyrou, all his Theranos reporting that was paid for by the Wall Street Journal, ended up being a book, it ended up being an HBO show. They got none of the money. What the hell. So if I was running that business and I know journalists are not going to like it. But I would definitely go there.

Microsoft announced earlier this year the launch of a new United Nations representation office to deepen their support for the UN's mission and work. Many of the big challenges facing society can only be addressed effectively through multi-stakeholder action. Whether it's public health, environmental sustainability, cybersecurity, terrorist content online or the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Microsoft has found that progress requires two elements - international cooperation among governments and inclusive initiatives that bring in civil society and private sector organizations to collaborate on solutions. Microsoft provided an update on their mission, activities for the 75th UN General Assembly, and the team. To read the announcement from Microsoft's Vice President of UN Affairs, John Frank, visit Microsoft On The Issues.

News broke across the United States on Friday evening that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, ending her long and distinguished career as a jurist. Tributes poured in quickly from men and women on both sides of the political spectrum. But just as quickly, her death has sharply raised the stakes for the upcoming US elections for president and the Senate, as well as the longer-term ideological balance of the nation's top court.

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Jon Lieber, Managing Director of the United States for the Eurasia Group, shares his insights on the biggest development in US politics this week:

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32: Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra survived an impeachment vote on Friday after only 32 out of 130 lawmakers supported his removal for allegedly trying to block an investigation into misuse of public funds. Vizcarra was in peril just a week ago, but the case for impeachment lost steam after the president was backed by the military and influential opposition leaders who insist the country needs stability to fight COVID-19.

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