Billionaire Rule, Bad Science and Burgers

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Hey, you made it through the first week of the Donald Trump administration -- 207 weeks to go. Power through with our bipartisan morning train reads:

  • Wilbur Ross and the Era of Billionaire Rule (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • How to find the right answer when the "wisdom of the crowd" fails (Nature)
  • As Bond Bear Market Beckons, Veterans Tell Tales of the Unknown: Analyzing the $13.9 trillion U.S. Treasury market (Bloomberg)
  • America has been trying to automate cheeseburgers for more than 50 years (Quartz)
  • Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer (the Guardian); see also Why It Matters That Human Poker Pros Are Getting Trounced By an AI (Gizmodo)
  • The Young Billionaire Behind the War on Bad Science (Wired)
  • "They never saw this coming": Q&A with Kellyanne Conway (Washington Post)
  • First human-pig chimeras created, raising hopes for transplantable organs (Stat)
  • How to Lose the War on Terror (New Yorker)
  • The Death Star and the Final Trench Run (FX Rant)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend, discussing philanthropy with Saadia Madsbjerg of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Straight Talk About Inflation and the Markets 

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