Let Flash Boys fix the Lincoln Tunnel


The fast-money folks can make themselves, and those who move at slower speeds, much happier

Why Obamacare is a civil rights issue

There is a racial subtext to the American healthcare debate, writes Gary Silverman

Breasts, buttocks and boomers redux

Our happy plastic surgeons are showing that we don’t get older, we just get better

Washington learns to forget Sandy Hook

The mass shooting has led not to tighter gun controls but to a more assertive gun rights lobby

The furtive folk of global finance

We might at last see the faces of Wall Street’s hidden power players

Tweeting makes Hollywood small

From the splendour of the silver screen to a digital blizzard, Tinseltown has come a long way

The trick of the mistress trade

High finance illustrates that for married men who stray there are two kinds of money

An old tonic for today’s drugstores

Customers who have quaffed the elixirs of health and happiness tend to return

A photo of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is pictured as part of a makeshift memorial in front of his apartment building in New York

Heroin abuse: Shooting up

Cheaper prices and a clampdown on prescription drug misuse are triggering a surge in overdoses in the US

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Welcome to Bakersfield

How Carl Cole succumbed to the temptation of a lifetime and helped an ordinary California town become one of America’s home foreclosure capitals

The hippies win the Super Bowl

Love and wholesomeness help ensure the other side is left in a heap

A drug fix Washington would like to ignore

Drug addiction does not fit the format of the US’s national political conversation

The brother who never came back

Controversy over Stinney execution 70 years on illustrates how racial issues linger in the US

New Jersey traffic is Christie’s sin

The desire of ordinary folk to go about their business has fallen into Jersey’s political swamp

Make way for more wolves of Wall Street

The people who once would have been gangsters can now be found in the darker corners of finance

Treat the jobless like animals

Standards of welfare offered to other species are worthy of emulation in Washington

Christmas time at the bus station

An act of seasonal kindness eases the plight of a homeless hungry man

The fury of Obama’s implacable enemies

A work about America’s angry white men lingers too much on the fringes of a phenomenon that is worryingly mainstream

De Blasio plays it safe

A chance to end an old rift has been tossed into the Hell Gate channel

Mandela, American public servant

The anti-apartheid leader answered a need in the US, just as he did in the land of his birth


Gary Silverman Gary Silverman has been US deputy managing editor since September 2012 and US news editor since 2006. He is responsible for US news coverage and also writes a weekly “Notebook” column in the FT on US politics, business and current events. Previously, Silverman served as a London-based marketing correspondent for the FT, as well as US banking editor. Prior to joining the FT in 1999, he was the money and banking editor of Businessweek, a business writer for Newsday, Hong Kong correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and a Malaysia correspondent for Bloomberg Business News. He began his career in journalism with United Press International. A graduate of Princeton University, Silverman is married with two children. He is based in New York.

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