For those who have everything
March 30, 2013

Stop letting your alarm clock cause you to lose sleep. The Lexon Flip ($50) does away with a lot of buttons and their attendant middle-of-the-night worries. You simply flip the clock over to turn the alarm on, then flip it again to shut the alarm off. Only when the alarm is set can you see your wake-up time displayed in the corner of the LCD screen. Should you need further peace of mind, you can always consult the top of the clock, where "big, obvious letters" spell out the word "on."
The Week Staff

Memory Lane
9:52 a.m. ET

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is running for president. This will be her second bid for office — in 2010, she tried and failed to win a Senate seat in California. And in the process, she released one of the most blissfully bad campaign ads in recent memory.

Watch it if you haven't. Watch it again if you have. It's that good. And bad.

The gist of the video is that Fiorina's primary opponent Tom Campbell (whom she eventually crushed by nearly 35 percentage points) is a "fiscal conservative in name only" — a wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. But he's not actually a wolf in sheep's clothing. He's a glowing-eyed "demon sheep," as Rachel Slajda perfectly dubbed it.

The demon sheep shows up around the 2:25 mark. But really, watch the whole thing. It's great.

Fiorina went on to lose the general election to Democrat Barbara Boxer. Ben Frumin

2016 Watch
9:47 a.m. ET

Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO running for president, has no political experience. Campaigning for president will be a learning process, then, and the first lesson came Monday with the revelation that Fiorina neglected to nail down at least one obvious domain name ahead of her launch. As a result, the site displays no information about Fiorina's vision for America, but rather thousands of mocking emoticons representing HP layoffs under her watch.

Fiorina is not the first 2016 candidate to run into this problem. Domain squatters also trolled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with a pro-Obama, pro-immigration reform message. Jon Terbush

In a galaxy far, far away
9:15 a.m. ET

Every year, Star Wars fans celebrate what's informally known as Star Wars Day by greeting each other with the phrase "May the Fourth be with you." It's a quaint old tradition, but this year, Vanity Fair is giving fans a very generous Star Wars Day gift: a new behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The brief glimpse of Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz's visit to the set yields some intriguing new images, including shots of the new characters played by Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, and Adam Driver, seen without his mask for the first time.

To look at the full portfolio of Leibovitz's Star Wars: Episode VII shoot, click over to Vanity Fair. Scott Meslow

This just in
8:59 a.m. ET
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While the Clinton Foundation has accepted millions of dollars in foreign donations while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, Bill Clinton says that if the foundation broke any rules or could be considered a conflict of interest, he wasn't aware of it.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any kind of American government policy," Clinton told NBC News. "That just hasn't happened."

Clinton added that the foundation will "come as close as we can during [Hillary Clinton's] presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state." After falling under scrutiny, the foundation recently announced it will only accept donations from six Western governments.

Clinton went as far as to suggest that he would consider stepping down as head of the foundation if Hillary Clinton is elected president. "I might if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role," Clinton told NBC News. "But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it." Meghan DeMaria

This just in
8:13 a.m. ET
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In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America, Carly Fiorina formally announced that she will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"Yes, I am running for president," Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos. "I think I'm the best person for the job, because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works." She added that America's government has turned into "a giant, bloated, unaccountable, corrupt bureaucracy."

Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard executive, doesn't believe that the fact she's never held an elected office disqualifies her from being president. She said that while traveling America, she found that most people are "tired of the political class, and they believe that we need to return to a citizen government." Meghan DeMaria

campaign 2016
7:02 a.m. ET
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Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson effectively announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on a local TV show on Sunday. He won't be the new candidate on the block for long: On Monday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will announce her candidacy, followed a day later by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. This will be Huckabee's second run for the GOP nomination, and the first bid by Carson and Fiorina.

Neither Carson nor Fiorina have ever held elected office, though Fiorina ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in California in 2010. Fiorina is expected to stake her campaign on her stint at HP — a notion many in Silicon Valley find odd, The Guardian notes — and on her gender being an asset in an expected contest with Democrat Hillary Clinton. Peter Weber

numbers might lie
6:36 a.m. ET

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding where to raise your children, assuming you have a choice. According to new research from Harvard economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, your location has a sizable, measurable impact on how much your child will earn as an adult — and if they're right, that's great news for children in the western suburbs of Chicago and northern suburbs of Seattle, but bad news for kids in Baltimore and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chetty and Hendren lay out their methodology, data, and rankings at their Equality of Opportunity site, but The New York Times has compiled it into a very handy interactive map. If you visit the story, and don't use a private-browsing page, The Times will take you directly to your county and show you an article based on where you live (you can change location by clicking on a map or searching for a different city.) You can control for income bracket and gender.

Because of the criteria they used, the upper middle part of the country, from Utah to Minnesota, looks pretty good, while the South (minus Texas and Oklahoma) looks pretty bad:

Check out your county at The New York Times. Peter Weber

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