Trump’s Trip: Despite his heavy criticism of China during last year’s campaign, the president toned down his rhetoric dramatically during a visit to Beijing, continuing a pattern of extreme shifts between insults and praise. Tone aside, the summit may not result in much more cooperation on North Korea policy, as the U.S. and Chinese views of the situation are fundamentally different.
In fact, the ABC show, which completed its first season this fall, has a specific and narrow focus: Aspiring inventors pitch their products to the host and his audience in hopes of winning funding for further development. The premise is hardly daisy-fresh—Shark Tank, which made the format famous, is now in its ninth season—but we have never looked to the ubiquitous host-comedian Steve Harvey for the shock of the new. His career secret is to heave his enormous personality against time-honored formulas at Mach speed, and see which ones are strong enough to survive the hit. That he has chosen to fill his Funderdome with the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship tells us that the golden age of capitalist reality television is truly upon us.
Keep reading here, as Caitlin considers what Funderdome, Shark Tank, and their ilk reveal about American entrepreneurship.
What Do You Know … About Global Affairs?
Saudi Arabia saw a major purge last weekend when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, had 11 prominent businessmen and politicians arrested on anticorruption charges. The move is a sign of MbS’s strategy to consolidate power, but the high-stakes gamble could ultimately undercut his authority. MbS may also have been involved in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri: Lebanon has become a proxy battleground for Saudi Arabia and Iran, as has Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is struggling to defeat a rebel group and its Iranian backers.
Can you remember the other key facts from this week’s global affairs coverage? Test your knowledge below:
1. Two cabinet ministers in ____________ resigned within a week of each other.
As a biologist, I take a different connotation of the word tribal. We are, like our closest primate relatives, tribal animals in that we tend to live in small selective groups. Chimpanzee and ape tribes exhibit many of the same behaviors seen in human tribes, including often instant and irrational violence against outsiders. For those of us who see humans as an evolutionarily related group of animals, rather than as divine creations, describing our social behavior as tribal is simply stating the obvious.
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