The Gist

James Comey’s Ego Trip

In defense of the former FBI director.

Former FBI Director James Comey on June 8 in Washington.

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On Monday’s Gist, we’re counting Pulitzers and powering up.

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms sort power into two categories: old and new. Old power is like Congress: top-down, official. New power is like Facebook: decentralized, crowd-sourced. What is the best way to meld both kinds of influence to improve our lives? Heimans and Timms have the beginnings of an answer. They’re the authors of New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You.

In the Spiel, James Comey does seem ego-driven. That’s not always a bad thing.

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