What makes bitcoin an implausible currency

Anthony Wallace, AFP/Getty Images ATM machines for digital currency, including bitcoin, are seen in Hong Kong on Dec. 18. Is bitcoin money, or a payment system? Mounds, or Almond Joy? Great taste, or less filling? If bitcoin is good at both those jobs, then it’s probably got a bright future. …

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Guidelines for watching the news and staying sane in 2018

Thinkstock by Getty Images For political-watchers, news media, political operatives, candidates and officials, 2017 was — let’s be honest — exhausting. The constant churn of news, the unending assaults on our sense of decency and expectations for government officials, the carousel of White House advisers (“according to Kathryn Dunn-Tenpas, a …

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