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Recent articles by Alan:

A Modest Proposal

Good morning. Feeling burned by the House Freedom Caucus, which brought down his health care plan, President Trump now wants to work with Democrats. In principle, that’s a good thing. One of Trump’s advantages as President is that he doesn’t have deep ties to either party. History shows major legislative changes are more stable if they have bipartisan support. And politics is like golf: things… → Read More

The Art of Technology

Good morning. President Trump submits his budget plan to Congress today, but details are in the press this morning. The plan, which just covers so-called “discretionary” spending—not the big entitlement programs—calls for deep cuts in most domestic programs and foreign aid in order to pay for big increases in defense spending and homeland security. You can read more details here. Meanwhile,… → Read More

FedEx’s Fred Smith Says Free Trade Is Under Assault

FedEx founder Fred Smith: Nativism’s surging global popularity could have severe consequences. → Read More

Health Care and a Political Malaise

Reform of the ACA will be short-lived if it isn't bipartisan → Read More

Secrets of the World’s Best Workplaces

Good morning. How do you get on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list? It starts with heart, says Mike DeFrino, CEO of Kimpton Hotels. “We believe strongly that if our employees are loved and embraced and feel safe and secure, then they are going to treat our guests the same way.” Transparency is also important, says Julie Sweet, the CEO of Accenture North America. “Transparency leads to… → Read More

The World's Best Workplaces

Good morning. This morning, Fortune releases its 20th annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, compiled each year using a rigorous methodology administered by Great Place to Work. This is our most popular list every year, and it is increasingly becoming our most important, as companies come to recognize that their human capital is their most valuable asset. While a number of different… → Read More

Why It’s Time to Break Up America’s Most Powerful Duopoly

Two leading business strategists offer a plan to fix our broken political system and duopoly. → Read More

Marrying Watson With Einstein

This one might deserve the hype that AI is getting right now → Read More

Concerned by Leaks

...But inspired by design. → Read More

The Messiness of Democracy

Good morning. My colleague Adam Lashinsky took issue with my declarative statement Monday that President Trump has "convinced U.S. businesses to shift their focus to creating jobs at home, rather than outsourcing them overseas." Trump's statements on this score, he points out, are clearly exaggerated, and the CEOs involved have no incentive to challenge his exaggerations. Moreover, the anecdotal… → Read More

How to Tweak Immigration

Good morning. Trump's nod to a "merit-based" immigration system in his speech to Congress seems to be an acknowledgement of what we at Fortune have believed for a while: that in today's economy, human capital is the most important determinant of business success. If the world's best and brightest want to come live and work in the U.S., why shouldn't we let them? My friend Gary Shapiro, who runs… → Read More

A Winning Speech

Donald Trump showed his presidential side. → Read More

When Two Models of Capitalism Collide

Good morning. The quick collapse of Kraft Heinz Co.’s $143 billion bid for Unilever over the weekend has sparked lots of analysis about what went wrong. Some say Kraft, which is backed by the Brazilian private equity firm 3G and by Warren Buffett, was surprised by Unilever CEO Paul Polman’s vehement opposition to the deal. Buffett has a well-known aversion to hostile bids. Others cited cultural… → Read More

Accenture to Create 15,000 Jobs at New Regional Innovation Hubs

Julie Sweet promises 15,000 new jobs in regional 'innovation hubs'. → Read More

Trump: The Case for Optimism

Why the better instincts of the new administration may outweigh the bad ones. → Read More

Capitalism at the Crossroads

Good morning. “Capitalism is at a crossroads: renewal or decline.” So say Steve Odland and Joseph Minarik of the Council for Economic Development in their new book, Sustaining Capitalism. The book argues that plunging trust in business, diminished confidence in the fairness of the economic system, and a loss of faith in capitalism itself, pose a crippling threat to our economic future. Odland is… → Read More

The Tortuous Art of Covering Trump

Good morning. I’ve avoided writing about how the news media is navigating the era of Trump. But the answer is: poorly. The new President is systematically trying to undercut any institution that poses a challenge to his power—the judiciary, the Senate, intelligence agencies, etc.—and the news media, with its power to synthesize, interpret, and amplify all these challenges, ranks at the top of… → Read More

Brian Krzanich and Intel's Delicate Dance With Donald Trump

Encouraging the good, while lobbying against the bad → Read More

Long-Term Thinking Is Best, New Study Shows

Those who take the longer view outperform on key metrics → Read More

China's Foreign Reserves Hit 6-Year Low, Giving Beijing a Headache

Beijing's foreign reserves just hit a six-year low → Read More