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The next big thing in political campaigns

From top left, clockwise: Rick Scott, Xbox One, a screenshot of pigs from a Joni Ernst ad, Joni Ernst, David Jolly, the Facebook logo, the Pandora logo and Jack Kingston are shown in this composite. | AP Photo/Getty

The next big thing in political campaigns

By DARREN SAMUELSOHN

Midterm elections are less than three months away, but there’s already a clear winner in 2014: digital advertising.

A leading ad research firm recently estimated that more than $270 million will be spent across the country this cycle on digital campaign efforts — an 1,825 percent increase from 2010, when the first generation of tablet computers was just hitting the market.

And just wait until 2016, when online political spending could top almost $1 billion and for the first time surpass newspapers, direct mail and telemarketing. Digital spending will still lag a long way behind TV, but it’s creeping closer to cable and radio budgets.

The next big thing in political campaigns is finally here, and it represents a nice payday for the likes of Google, Facebook, Pandora and other tech giants that have become mainstays in an American voter’s daily routine.

 
The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

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The NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.
Once the Gates Foundation made it a priority to combat malaria around the world in 2000, it brought down deaths due to the insect-borne disease by 20 percent in 11 years, saving the lives of 1 million African children in the process.

Gates has the ability to grab headlines and make an issue go viral with the constant media coverage he receives, and the financial ability, if he wins, to fund similar efforts around the country. His involvement could be the answer to the public health crisis that makes American children 93 percent of those murdered in the 26 high-income countries around the world.

 
Report: China strives for fastest submarine ever

Sources: SCMP, Pop Sci. (Tobey/Post)

Report: China strives for fastest submarine ever

Terrence McCoy

It would reportedly ‘fly’ through the sea in an air bubble, says South China Morning Post.

The reported plans for the super-fast Chinese submarine draw on research that reaches back to the Cold War on “supercavitation,” a technology that creates a friction-less air “bubble” around a vessel that allows it to “fly” underwater, facilitating incredible speeds. The Russians have developed torpedoes that travel faster than 230 mph using that approach.

Now researchers at Harbin’s Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab are reportedly figuring out how to use that science to build submarines.  “We are very excited by its potential,” lead researcher Li Fengchen, a professor of fluid machinery and engineering, told the South China Morning Post. “…Our method is different from any other approach, such as vector propulsion,” which involves engine thrust. Rather, he would lubricate the vessel in a special liquid that would reduce water friction until the vessel would reach speeds high enough to enable “supercavitation.”

 
Billy Crystal honors Robin Williams

Billy Crystal delivers tribute to Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

'He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine'

Billy Crystal honors Robin Williams

 
Wingsuit jumper Scotty Bob flies over the Alps

Wingsuit jumper Scotty Bob has performed a collection of extreme stunts.

Wingsuit jumper Scotty Bob flies over the Alps 

BY Joel Landau 

The online video features the extreme stuntman’s point of view as he travels just over the tress in the mountainous region. Three other jumpers died earlier this year attempting a similar stunt.

 
Obama administration lawyer admits 'missing' Lois Lerner emails WERE backed up

'It's all been a big lie!'

Obama administration lawyer now admits 'missing' Lois Lerner emails WERE backed up but claims it's too hard to search for them

An irate Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said Monday that after 15 months of wrangling, the IRS has conceded that all of Lois Lerner's emails are backed up

A conservative group suing the IRS for a former official's emails tied to a political targeting scandal says the DOJ now concedes the records exist.

A U.S. government lawyer has conceded that tens of thousands of long-missing emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner – messages the Obama administration has claimed were lost in a 2011 computer crash – were safely backed up along with the computer records of every other federal employee.

The documents are key to a congressional investigation into a political targeting scheme Lerner allegedly masterminded, which involved singling out conservative nonprofits for especially intrusive scrutiny – based on words in their names like 'tea party' or 'patriots' – when they applied for tax-exempt charitable status.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, whose group is suing the IRS over its failure to provide the records to Congress, said Monday that the revelation came on Friday from an attorney who works in Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department.

'All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion,' he said. 'The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.'

 
The Five Things You Can Do to Affair Proof Your Relationship

Broccoli vs. Chocolate

By Colleen Long, Psy.D.

The Five Things You Can Do to Affair Proof Your Relationship

In any case, when treating infidelity- I often use the "chocolate/broccoli" analogy. Our long term, loving, secure relationships are the "broccoli," in this scenario. They are the things that, if we stay committed to, consistently over time- grow us up. They make us healthier, more evolved, more balanced, well-rounded individuals. However, chocolate comes along in life (just like opportunities for affairs) and tempts us with ideas like "how wonderful would life be if I could just eat chocolate all the time?" or "this must be the thing I was MEANT to eat all my life." But we all know that no good can come of a long term diet consisting of only chocolate.

 
Women lose their bras for annual Go Topless Day in NYC
 
Overselling the Settlement

Overselling the Settlement

By Vauhini Vara

In bank settlements, people who were hurt in the real-estate crisis get their hopes up, only to have them dashed.

Critics of the Bank of America settlement were, predictably, incensed that individual executives weren’t punished, and that the bank’s sins were described only in general terms. That said, the new settlement does have an answer to critics who argue that, in the past, the deals have helped the middle class more than they’ve helped the poor. With this deal, if the bank reduces the balance of mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration—which are disproportionately given to low-income borrowers—it gets $1.75 in credit toward its obligation in the settlement for each dollar it forgives.

To someone who took out a mortgage from Bank of America in the mid-aughts and then lost it to foreclosure during the real-estate crisis, the consumer-relief aspect of the settlement might seem encouraging. There are, after all, billions of dollars to hand out, and Holder had described it as commensurate with the wrongdoing. Where can a person sign up?

This is exactly what worries Lisa Sitkin, a managing attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, a not-for-profit organization in Oakland that helps clients to fight housing discrimination and abuse. In the 2012 settlement, the five mortgage servicers, including Bank of America, agreed to give about twenty billion dollars in relief to homeowners. Afterward, troubled homeowners, underwater on their mortgages, deluged Sitkin’s office with phone calls. They had heard about this big settlement and wanted to take part. “People would say, ‘I want to apply to this program,’ ” she recalls.

 
Sapiosexuality -- What Attracts You to the Opposite Sex?

Sapiosexuality -- What Attracts You to the Opposite Sex?

By Diana Raab, Ph.D.

If you are attracted to the intelligence of the opposite sex, then you might be considered sapiosexual, a new term coined by the urban dictionary.

 
Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown's Death To Jesus Christ's Crucifixion

 Heather Smith

pastorewing

'Michael Brown prophetically spoke of his demise'

“Michael Brown was 18 years old.  He was shot around noon.  Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame which is at the sixth hour.  Michael Brown died on August the 9th.  Jesus hung on the cross between the sixth and the 9th hour.”

 
Michael Brown's Unremarkable Humanity

Michael Brown's Unremarkable Humanity

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

On Monday, The New York Times published a profile of the dead St. Louis teenager, calling him "no angel"—part of a dubious language of "morality" about black men.

The New York Times has a feature today looking at the brief life of Michael Brown, informing us that he was "no angel." The reasons for this are many. Brown smoked marijuana. He lived in a community that "had rough patches." He wrote rap songs that were "by turns contemplative and vulgar." He shoplifted and pushed a store clerk who tried to stop him. These details certainly paint a portrait of a young man who failed to be angelic. That is because no person is angelic—least of all teenagers—and there is very little in this piece that distinguishes Brown from any other kid his age.

What horrifies a lot of us beholding the spectacle of Ferguson, beholding the spectacle of Sanford, of Jacksonville, is how easily we could see ourselves in these kids. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some strange dude following me through my own housing development. I shudder to think of my reaction, at 17, to some other strange dude pulling up next to me and telling me to turn down my music.

 
Are High-Achieving Women Doomed to be Single and Childless?

Are High-Achieving Women Doomed to be Single and Childless?

By Elizabeth Aura McClintock, Ph.D.

Scare mongers warn that women who delay marriage to pursue education and careers will end up barren old maids. But do men really find highly-educated, high-earning women romantically undesirable? Such women enjoy higher marital rates, lower divorce rates, and rising rates of childbearing. Delayed marriage and childbirth increase women's earnings and lower divorce risk.

 
Which Dodgers team was the greatest of all time?

1955 Dodgers

Which Dodgers team was the greatest of all time?

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No. 5: 1981 L.A. Dodgers (63-47, won World Series): The Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield finally won a World Series in this strike-shortened season. Many say it was undeserved, because the Dodgers didn't even have the best record in the NL West in 1981, but Manager Tommy Lasorda, knowing he already had a playoff spot locked up, cleverly rested many of his regulars in the second half, giving more playing time to guys like Mike Scioscia, Rick Monday and Steve Sax, which gave him a sharp bench in the playoffs.

 
CNN 'Braces' For More Cuts

Betsy Rothstein

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'CNN is going to get hit HARD'

A memo to Turner employees last week reported that “organizational changes were on the horizon.” Those changes are expecting in the “coming weeks,” understandably leaving people on pins and needles. At the beginning of May, some 50 positions were cut in a major reorganization effort. Employees in New York, LA, Atlanta and D.C. were affected. The network planned to rehire at least some of those workers.

 
Classic Rock, as Played on Cello

Classic Rock, as Played on Cello

Maya Beiser, a classically trained cellist, plays songs by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin and others on her new album "Uncovered."

 
Do Depressives Make the Best Artists?

Do Depressives Make the Best Artists?

By Deborah Vlock, Ph.D.

However you slice it, there's ample evidence that fretful minds and roiling psyches are sufficient conditions for the creation of compelling art.

 
Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

Miley Cyrus’s is no trendsetter. She’s a trend appropriator, and her VMA acceptance is an encouraging sign of just how hip celebrity activism has really become.

I’ve always been irritated that supposedly liberal Hollywood and entertainment media types routinely fail to use their award ceremony pulpits for political activism. And more generally, the apparent political apathy of our cultural icons and role models permits, or perhaps even foments, political apathy in Americans everywhere.
 
Superman's debut comic sells for $3m

Superman's debut sells for $3m

Sian Cain

Action Comics No 1 Superman

1938 edition regarded as the holy grail of comic books and started superhero industry fetches record price on eBay

A copy of Action Comics No 1, which features the first appearance of Superman and cost 10 cents in 1938 has sold for a little over $3.2m, the highest price ever paid for a comic book.

Regarded as the holy grail of comic books by collectors, Action Comics No 1 is widely credited for being the beginning of the superhero industry.

Darren Adams, the seller and owner of Pristine Comics shop based near Seattle, told the Washington Post his copy was "a freak-of-nature work".

"I actually held it for a few years – I was so excited about this book," he said. "Most books have a history … but this book was totally off the grid, and nobody knew about it till I made it known."

Adams's copy was particularly well preserved because the original owner kept it in a cedar chest at high altitude in the mountains of West Virginia after purchasing it from a newsstand in 1938. It remained there until he died, and was later sold to Adams for a seven-figure sum.

There are estimated to be 50 to 100 copies of the comic in existence, but only two have been certified with a grade of "9.0" out of 10 by the Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), an independent authority that grades comic books submitted for auction. Adams's is one of them.

 
What No One Ever Tells You About Being the Boss

Seven things about starting or running a company you normally have to figure out on your own.

The input you receive will often conflict.

Some investors may want you to focus more on short-term results than long-term growth. Different customers may want very different things. Even individual board members can have very different opinions.

Your job is to continue to tell the story of your company, continually make judgment calls, and continually balance personalities, needs, and goals. That's one of the most challenging things about the job; since you have multiple bosses with multiple agendas, you constantly wonder, "Am I doing the right things?"

 
Illinois Cong. Gutierrez Expecting Executive Amnesty For Five Million Illegals

 Brendan Bordelon

Luis Gutierrez

'Music to my ears'

The Illinois congressman spoke to MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart Monday about the network’s inside White House sources on immigration. MSNBC reporter Chris Jansing claimed the Obama administration is planning on deferring deportations for five million illegal immigrants — a number Gutierrez first floated back in July.

“I think it would be a huge move,” he said excitedly. “A bold move. I think it would be one that would, obviously, be unprecedented . . . Look, we want to get as many as we can out of the vicious cycle of deportation.”

“But I think if the president takes such a move — look, I once said that it would be approximately 5 million, given what I heard,” Gutierrez bragged. “Not that anyone, Jose, specifically said ‘here are the categories of people.’ But, you know, if you listen, there are ways to extrapolate numbers.”

 
Does "50 Shades of Grey" Make Girls Promiscuous?

Does "50 Shades of Grey" Make Girls Promiscuous?

By Jen Kim

A new study from Michigan State University suggests young women who read 50 Shades of Grey “are more likely than nonreaders to exhibit signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner.” The researcher, who interviewed more than 650 women, age 18-24, also indicated that women who read the entire series were more likely to engage in promiscuous behavior.

 
It’s a Man’s World, Or Is It?

It’s a Man’s World, Or Is It?

By Audrey Nelson, Ph.D.

The male leader’s communication skills follow suit. Men tend to be direct, forceful, and assertive. Male leaders don’t whine, they have a strong, deep voice and speak loudly when needed. The masculine leadership style is authoritative, hierarchical, and structured.

 
Raising a Kid Is a Rigged Game
By Monica Potts

Feeling squeezed financially? It’s not just you. Even five years into our alleged “recovery,” half of Americans can’t afford their house, whether they own or rent. More than 15 million Americans eat unhealthy food because nutritious meals are too expensive. A growing number of middle-class Americans are too broke to retire. In 31 states, childcare has a higher price tag than a college education.

In fact, it takes more than $48,000 a year just to live sustainably in the cheapest parts of the United States. It’s a salary that many working-class Americans fail to reach, and more than double the poverty line for a family of four. Why is America such an expensive place to live? Republicans are always arguing that the free market, unfettered by government regulation, will make everything cheaper. It’s exactly this trust in the market that is emptying Americans’ wallets.

Indeed, these Republican philosophies—and fantasies—are making it almost impossible for average Americans simply to raise their children. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tallied up the costs of raising a child born in 2013. The result: an eye-popping $245,340. That, incredibly, excludes the costs of the mother’s pregnancy and of a college education.

The single biggest expense was housing. Though that varied greatly by region, it made up nearly a third of the total cost. It was followed by childcare and education. Food came in fourth. Which means that quarter of a million dollars figure isn’t what it takes for families to buy fancy toys and family vacations: That’s how much it costs to provide basic needs throughout the child’s first 18 years.

 
Obama has ignored Syria for too long: it's the rise of Isis, stupid – now help

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Obama has ignored Syria for too long: it's the rise of Isis, stupid – now help

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Ammar Abdulhamid

It's time for him to do the right thing by arming moderate rebels, imposing a no-fly zone and expanding military action beyond Iraq

Barack Obama is embarking on a global course correction, if not an outright reversal: the policy of “don’t do stupid stuff” – the non-interventionism so praised by the Farid Zakarias and Tom Friedmans of the world – is getting forced out, albeit in the typical Obama fashion of admitting nothing and never going fast or far enough.

And to hear the Chuck Hagels and John Kerrys of the administration tell the story for him, it’s all the fault of the Islamic State (Isis), which is “beyond just a terrorist group”, “an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated” – a feat which, realistically, will require some intervention not just in Iraq … but in Syria.

t’s difficult to do the right thing when you’ve already fucked up so badly. When the Obama administration refused to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria in 2011, the indifference gave rise to despair and forced people to abandon their nonviolent ways to defend themselves, effectively transforming the nonviolent protest movement into an armed resistance. Obama’s refusal to then support the rebels following the advice of his then-secretary of state, among other officials, created a vacuum that was gradually filled by extremist elements emerging out of the woodwork and jihadists pouring across the borders, a combination that paved the way for the emergence of the newly troubling and feared Isis.

Now, Isis has a vision being carried out – effectively, if with pure evil – by technocratic leaders with succession plans, flexible but enduing structures, and major funding, with major operations based out of its hub in Syria. Soon, some of its acolytes might make like Hezbollah and run legitimate businesses across multiple countries that secretly fund terror; some already appear to be attracted to the radicalized appeal of Isis leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declaring a new Caliphate.

No wonder Obama is finding it so difficult to justify a policy of minimal engagement anymore – perhaps even to himself. Blanket, cold-hearted realism doesn’t work when networked, cold-hearted terrorism does. The line between realism and cynicism has always been too thin, and has long been crossed by the Administration. While realism is laudable, cynicism ends up producing the very outcomes that realism intends to avoid. Letting a region take care of itself is impossible to allow when your spies are telling you about the rise of a terror group across the world, including the West – of terrorists that are effectively becoming a global movement of disaffected Muslims everywhere.

 
5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday

5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday

BY Michael Fertik

 Who kills it on Mondays? You do - starting now.

Walk around.

Get up from your desk. Get out of your office. When you take a stroll around the office, you can see for yourself how things are going. Make a note of employee demeanor. Do they look energized or listless? Happy or under the gun? As a leader, you can open the door for more conversations--even a simple "Hello! How is your day going?" can work wonders. Casual chats build rapport, a foundation for more substantive discussions later. Spending ten minutes asking an employee about what they're working on--and really listening to her response--helps you learn: about that person and what makes her tick, her approach to projects, issues that might arise, etc.

 
Smiling president returns to the White House

Obama returned toWashington, DC once during the vacation to attend national security meetings with senior staff

Feeling rested?

Smiling president returns to the White House after relaxing in Martha's Vineyard amid ISIS and Ferguson crises

'Just because the president is in a different location doesn't mean he's not doing his job,' White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Obama also ate dinner out a few times, danced at a birthday party for the wife of Washington powerbroker Vernon Jordan, treated first lady Michelle Obama to a jazz performance and took the family to a fireworks show near the home of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who also was vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.

"Just because the president is in a different location doesn't mean he's not doing his job," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said to critics of the president's leisure activities

Obama will be a rather scarce commodity at the White House in the coming weeks.

He plans to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday to address the 96th national convention of the American Legion, before stops in New York and Rhode Island on Friday to raise money for Democratic candidates ahead of the November midterm elections.

Travel to Estonia followed by attendance at a NATO summit in Wales begins immediately after Labor Day. The trip is expected to focus on U.S. and European concerns over tensions between Russia and eastern Ukraine.

 
Are You a Type A, B, or D Personality?

Are You a Type A, B, or D Personality?

By Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

There are 3 types of personalities that have been related to physical health and disease. What are they?

Type D (also known as “distressed” or “disease-prone”) persons tend to be worried, irritable, and express a great deal of negative emotions. Also linked to coronary heart disease, there is a tendency for Type Ds to experience illnesses (particularly stress-related illnesses) in clusters. The disease-prone personality is related to Type D and you can read more about it here.

 
Father of Jihadi John suspect 'was one of Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants'

Adel Abdel Bary who is to be extradited along with Abu Hamza

Father of Jihadi John suspect 'was one of Bin Laden’s closest lieutenants'

By Martin Gould

Dad of Brit rapper accused of beheading James Foley is locked up in the US accused of helping to blow up two American embassies killing 224

The father of the man suspected of being 'Jihadi John' is accused of being one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants and is currently awaiting trial in the US for his part in the bombing of two US embassies in which 224 people died, MailOnline can reveal.

Adel Abdel Bari, 54, is now locked up in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania after being extradited from Britain along with hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Bari was allowed entry into the UK when he was granted political asylum from his native Egypt in 1993.

Two years later he was sentenced to death in absentia for a 1995 plot to blow up a market in Cairo's bazaar district. In a separate Egyptian trial in 1999 he was also sentenced to life in prison.

Jihadi John — who cruelly beheaded American journalist James Foley in a video released by the terror group Islamic State last week — is believed to be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, Bari's 23-year-old son, who left the million-dollar home in Maida Vale, London, which he shared with his mother Ragaa and five sisters, to fight with the ruthless group which has run rampage through Syria and Iraq.

Bari showed his barbarism when he posted a grisly picture of himself holding a severed head to his Twitter account.

He captioned it 'Chillin' with my other homie, or what's left of him.'

The video showing the killing of Mr Foley is believed to have been filmed somewhere near Raqqa

The older man has a long history of terror involvement, dating back before the birth of his son.

He was imprisoned and tortured in Egypt following the murder of President Anwar Sadat in 1981, according to a sympathetic profile of his wife which appeared in the Guardian last year. 

After years of going in and out of prison in Egypt, during which he managed to gain a degree and become a respected human rights lawyer with ties to Amnesty International, Bari managed to leave the country and in 1991, the year Bary was born, he applied for political asylum in Britain.

His family joined him after it was granted, two years later.

According to the Guardian, he was arrested soon after the August 7, 1998 embassy bombings.

 
Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: it was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest absorbs fusillades without him flinching. But this time it’s different. Serious damage has been inflicted. Someone has got through all the defenses, formidable though they are, and drawn blood.

Of all the people most likely to cause harm to the reputation of the Murdoch empire it would have been hard to predict that it would be a reclusive, mild-mannered reporter who is not all that comfortable in the company of other journalists. But here comes Nick Davies with a book (Hack Attack, Faber & Faber) that pulls together years of dogged investigation into a sobering indictment not just of journalism as performed to the Murdoch tune but of its effects—political and cultural.

The culmination of Davies’s reporting for The Guardian was a trial that opened at the Old Bailey, Britain’s most storied criminal court, in October 2013 and ended in July 2014 with the jailing for 18 months of Andy Coulson, the former editor of Murdoch tabloid, the News of The World. He was found guilty of conspiring to intercept voicemails. Rebekah Brooks, one-time lover of Coulson and chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspapers, who had been on trial for a more serious charge, a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, was found not guilty and set free.

Two dark arts had been dragged into the public gaze at the Old Bailey. The first was tangible and defined by law: the rampant use of phone hacking to strip people of their privacy and, often, to ruin their lives. The second was far more elusive and shadowy, but equally corrupting: a collusion of Britain’s power elites..

 
Amazon Can't Cage 'Goldfinch' Publisher

Amazon Can't Cage 'Goldfinch' Publisher

By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

Best-selling novel "The Goldfinch" is giving Hachette Book Group a much-needed boost this summer as the publisher weathers the fallout from a lengthy e-book contract dispute with Amazon.

Donna Tartt's novel "The Goldfinch" opens with a series of gloomy scenes—a museum bombing, the death of the narrator's mother, and the theft of a 17th–century painting. The word admirers often use to describe it is "Dickensian." But the book has brought only good news to publisher Hachette Book Group, giving the publisher a much-needed boost this summer as it weathers the fallout from a lengthy e-book contract dispute with Amazon.com Inc.

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"The Goldfinch" was published a full six months before Amazon and Hachette began fighting, so it benefited from the online retailer's support. Last November, as the holiday selling season was about to get underway, Amazon gave "The Goldfinch" a huge boost by naming it the best book of the year. The novel, Amazon's editorial team said, was "an emotionally trenchant masterpiece."

And unlike many new Hachette titles caught in the crossfire of the e-book dispute, "The Goldfinch" is being offered at a significant discount on Amazon. As of Sunday the online retailer was selling the hardcover edition for $18, a 40% discount from the cover price, and shipping it immediately. The Kindle e-book was priced at $6.99. Both were cheaper than the same editions offered at Barnes & Noble's online store.

 
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