Friday's intriguing people
Alberto Contador is reportedly threatening to quit cycling if he's suspended for a positive banned-substance test.
January 28th, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Alberto Contador

The three-time Tour de France champion is expected to respond next week to a proposed one-year cycling ban after testing positive for a banned substance during last year’s competition, according to The Daily Telegraph in Australia.  He reportedly is threatening to quit the sport if he's banned.

Did Contador eat tainted beef, which he blames for the positive test? Is he cooperating with investigators? Either way, if the ban goes through, Contador will be the second Tour champ - Floyd Landis being the first - to be stripped of the title.

Jay Carney

After 20 years with Time magazine, and two years with Vice President Joe Biden, Carney will become the new White House press secretary. In addition to being Time’s Washington bureau chief from 2005 to 2008, Carney was a Moscow correspondent.

Politico reports that Carney has a reputation among Washington media for having a "short fuse" and fiercely defending his boss. His wife is Claire Shipman, senior national correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America."

John Paulson

The Wall Street Journal reports the hedge fund manager personally earned more than $5 billion in profits in 2010 - probably the greatest one-year haul in investing history. It tops Paulson's near $4 billion in 2007, which the paper said he earned via  "short" bets against subprime mortgages. Other elite hedge fund managers include Appaloosa Management's David Tepper and Bridgewater Associates' Ray Dalio, who raked in between $2 billion and $3 billion, respectively, according to the Journal's sources.

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  1. DG

    so someone who strives in school and ends up making more money because of their hardwork has to pay more in taxes than someone who never did a thing and cleans toilets for a living. how is that fair? there is no incentive for hard work in this country anymore...its a shame

    January 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • raforrester

      You think the guy who cleans toilets isn't doing hard work? What you are talking about is people who sit at a nice clean desk, and do a little bit of clever work, not particularly hard if you know how and have the right contacts, to tap into some huge stream of money, so that they won't ever have to do any work at all again. Seems like the toilet cleaner deserves it more.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Just like the good old days after WW II and before the 60s, right? Guess what – the upper class tax bracket was in the 70-90% range then. But never let the facts get in the way of a good rant.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank

    Alberto. Hope you do better in your next race. You don't look like the kind of person that does drugs. Bikes "are" cool.
    J'espère que vous faire mieux dans votre prochaine course. Vous ne ressemblez pas le genre de personne qui se drogue. Roues »sont«cool».

    January 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    im just glad this rich man will only have to pay in taxes the same percent as the store owner who barely made 250,000. 5 billion a year and he makes close to that every year. no one needs that much money. he couldnt spend it if he tried. his tax bracket should be 90%

    January 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Only

      if your willing to pay 90% on your measle income.

      January 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Darth Cheney

    Must be a lot of tainted beef going around the pro cycling tour...

    January 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The T

    This guy needs to go to jail right now. his funds should be confiscated and then redistributed to the poor programs like section 8 and welfare. Of course after Oblunder and his pals take their shares first. Its not right someone makes that much money especially when we have starving peolpe in the streets.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LoPing

    That is some serious coinage.. 5 billiion in one year equates to earning almost $14,000,000 every single day of the year!!!!!!! lotstoclick.blogspot.com

    January 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 5t1v

    money is the root of all evil. None who doesnt understand that doesnt understand capitalism. It is the balancing of the uneven distribution of wealth in your favor, an essentially selfish act. Not judging, that for someone else, just saying ....

    January 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DCM5150

    "You're missing the one main ethical issue in a capitalist society. For someone to win, someone else must lose."

    Not true. The idea behind the stock market is that you can purchase a portion of a company and if the company makes a good product and profits, you profit (and workers profit and consumers get a good product). Obviously, it has turned into more of legal gambling game instead but that is what we have.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    If Paulson ever gets hit by a car in a public intersection, I hope the people on the scene quickly buy a million dollar life insurance policy on him with themselves as beneficiary instead of calling 911.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. COL. BAT GUANO

    My pick? Thats easy. Ronald McDonald.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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