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Scott Walker Is Now Apparently Against Legal Immigration Too

2013 Conservative Political Action Conference

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is now appealing to the worst aspects of economic populism on the right.

Disney’s Net Worth Increased By $2 Billion After Release Of New Star Wars Trailer

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“Chewie, we’re rich.”

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Tip at Chipotle! Stop the Presses!

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The scandal that will make everyone forget about Benghazi.

Missouri Republican Wants To Ban Food Stamp Recipients From Buying “Luxury” Food

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One Missouri legislator is going on a crusade against a “problem” that may not actually exist.

Job Growth ‘Setback’

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The US economy added 126,000 jobs, much less than the guess of 244,000.

Everyone Hates The Cable Company, But This One Isn’t Their Fault

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A tale of Kafkaesque torture by Comcast Customer Service reveals that the person who really made the mistakes here was the homeowner.

Irish Activist Commits Return Fraud, Gloats About it in Media

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A Facebook friend posted this Irish Central story (“Irish American buys all of Walmart’s offensive t-shirts, will return them March 18“) on her wall: Kevin Westley has an inventive solution to the annual issue of offensive Irish merchandise leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Go to your local big box stores, buy all the t-shirts […]

Scott Walker ‘Gutting’ Organized Labor?

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Wisconsin has become the 25th “right to work” state.

February Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected

Now Hiring Sign

February’s jobs report came in stronger than analysts expected, but wage growth remains stubbornly stagnant.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

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As expected, President Obama has vetoed the bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline.

January Jobs Report Shows 2014’s Strong Jobs Market Continuing Into New Year

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The January Jobs Report showed that the trend of strong jobs growth we saw in 2014 appears to be continuing into the new year.

Super Bowl Sets Another Television Viewership Record

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Once again, the Super Bowl broke viewership records to become the most watched television broadcast in history: Super Bowl XLIX surged to break multiple records on Sunday night, raking in 114.4 million viewers to become the most-watched telecast in U.S. history. Overnight ratings, based on metered markets, however, suggest that a new record was set […]

Blackberry CEO: The Government Should Force Companies To Make Apps For Blackberry Phones

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The head of Blackberry thinks he can save his company by getting the government to force others to make content for Blackberry phones

Are 80 People Richer Than Half the World? Not Really.

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While the issue of income inequality is quite real, Oxfam’s numbers are not.

Oil Prices Continue To Fall, But Don’t Expect It To Last Forever

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The price of oil is continuing to fall, but it won’t last forever.

House Vote, Nebraska Court Decision Push Keystone XL Forward But Obama Continues To Dither

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President Obama’s decision on Keystone XL is apparently to delay things long enough so he doesn’t have to decide at all.

Strong December Jobs Report Caps Off The Best Year For Jobs Growth Since 1999

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December’s jobs growth numbers were very good, but the numbers below the headlines show that there’s still work to be done.

Obama And Congress Headed For First Confrontation Over Keystone XL Pipeline

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Just one day into the new Congress, the first confrontation is already set.

Obama Approval Improves

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Gallup’s most recent approval numbers put the president’s approval and disapproval at 48% (his best for both in over a year). Not surprisingly, other polling shows a clear positive trend on consumer confidence:

Airlines Want You Miserable and It Serves You Right

American Airlines Cancelations Unnecessary

JetBlu is joining the competition in charging bag fees and cramming in more seats.

Sony To Allow Limited Screenings of The Interview

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

Reversing a previous decision, Sony will allow The Interview to be screened in a small number of theaters.

Economy Grows at 5% For Only Second Quarter Since 2001

Economy Heartbeat

The Commerce Department had a Christmas present for investors, businesses, and consumers today.

US Economic Activity Map

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This graphic from February is making the rounds this morning: It was the Pew Research Center‘s Chart of the Week (“How metro areas drive the U.S. economy“) eight months ago. Their explanation: It probably should come as no surprise that most U.S. economic activity is concentrated in metropolitan areas. What may be surprising, and what […]

Russia Invades Ukraine, Hookers Raise Prices

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Talk about your second- and third-order effects.

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

Obama Makes Statement On U.S.-Cuba Policy

President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

Sony Pictures Pulls ‘The Interview’ After Cyber Attacks, Threats; North Korea Suspected

Sony The Interview

With major theater chains having pulled out, Sony bowed to the inevitable, but now there appears to be proof that a foreign power is behind the Sony hacking attacks and threats of violence.

Russia’s Economic Problems Just Getting More Grim By The Day

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For a year that started out with regaining long-lost territory in Ukraine, 2014 is not ending so well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

U.S. Government Losing $100,000,000 Per Year On Nickel And Penny Production

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The U.S. Government continues to lose money on production of two coins that people barely use anymore.

Arbitrator Upholds Adrian Peterson Suspension

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Unlike Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson has lost his bid to have his suspension overturned.

Congress Reaches Budget Deal, Delays Immigration Fight For Another Day

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It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.

Supreme Court: Amazon Employees Don’t Have To Be Paid To Wait In Line To Leave Work

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The Court holds that Federal Law does not require employees to be paid for the time waiting to get through mandatory security screening.

Harvard Business School Professor Freaks Out Over $4 Mistake On Bill From Chinese Restaurant

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A Professor at Harvard Business School had a rather bizarre reaction to a $4 error on a bill from a Brookline, Mass. Chinese restaurant: Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit. Ran Duan manages The Baldwin Bar, located inside the Woburn location […]

A Strong Jobs Report To Go With A Strong Economy

Now Hiring Sign

Strong jobs growth in November means that 2014 is already the best year for jobs growth since 1999.

Russian Government Projects Sanctions, Declining Oil Prices, Will Lead To Recession In 2015

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin travels in Russia's first high speed train Sapsan in Leningrad Region

Russia’s own government is projecting that its economy will slip into recession next year. How that will impact Putin’s current belligerence remains to be seen.

F.D.A.’s Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulations Won’t Work, Could Hurt Consumers

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The Food & Drug Administration’s new regulations requiring calorie and other information on menus in restaurants and elsewhere won’t work, could limit consumer choice, and may not be Constitutional.

The U.S. Government Wants Lawyers To Come Work For Free!

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The U.S. Government is looking for lawyers willing to work for free.

Ray Rice Wins Appeal Of Indefinite N.F.L. Suspension, Now Immediately Eligible To Play

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In a slap to the face of the N.F.L. and Commissioner Roger Goodell, an arbitrator has overturned the indefinite suspension that was imposed on former Ravens Running Back Ray Rice back in September.

Black Friday Hits Britain And Other Parts Of Europe

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Black Friday chaos has crossed the pond.

Retailers Opening On Thanksgiving Day Yet Again, But Don’t Blame Businessmen

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Once again, some people are upset because retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day, but that’s only because people are coming out to shop.

Third Quarter GDP Grew 3.9% According To Latest Estimate

Economy Heartbeat

With all the news about Ferguson and other commitments, I missed the news that economic growth in the 3rd Quarter had been revised significantly upward to 3.9% in the latest report from the Department of Commerce: The nation’s economic output grew at an even faster rate during July, August and September than the government initially […]

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

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Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Federal Judge Blocks New Jersey Sports Betting, But N.B.A. Commissioner Says ‘Legalize It’

Baseball And Cash

Once again, a Federal Judge has barred New Jersey’s effort to legalize sports betting based on Federal law. it’s time for the Federal Government to get out of the way on this issue.

China’s Coming Collapse?

China Flag and Skyline

A knowledgeable observer has a dim forecast.

Federal Judge Awards Strippers $10,000,000 In Labor Dispute

Exotic Dancer Shoes

The labor laws apply no matter what business you’re in.

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

The Meritocracy Myth

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Why do most people think success if mostly due to merit?

A Good Jobs Report, But We’re Still Waiting For The “Great” One

Now Hiring Sign

Another mostly good, but not great, jobs report.

Alaska Television Station Aired More Than 16,000 Political Ads In 2014

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A television station in Alaska has the distinction of having aired an amazing number of ads this election season: KTUU, the NBC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, wins the award for most Senate ads aired in the 2014 election cycle. The station played 13,200 Senate ads in 2014 through Oct. 27, according to data analysis from […]

iPhones and the US-China Trade Gap

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Another example of the silliness of the “trade deficit” concept.

A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

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