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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

Nickel and Penny

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

Black Friday Britain

Black Friday chaos has crossed the pond.

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

Retailers Thanksgiving

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?

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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

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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 […]

Russian University Removes Statue Honoring Steve Jobs Because Tim Cook Is Gay

Russia Steve Jobs Memorial

  In the wake of the announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that, as previous reports had hinted, he is indeed gay, a university in St. Petersburg, Russia has removed a statute that had been erected to honor Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: A Russian monument to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been taken down, […]

One World Trade Center Officially Open For Business As First Tenant Moves In

NYC Skyline With One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, the 1,776 foot toward built to replace the Twin Towers, officially has its first tenant: More than 13 years after a terrorist attack destroyed the twin towers — symbols of New York City’s might, financially and structurally — the first employees of the first tenant in the building erected to take […]

Cable TV Cord Cutting Won’t Come Quickly, Could Be More Expensive Than Cable

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We are obviously moving toward an era of streaming and other services that don’t rely on Cable/Satellite providers, but it will still take some time to get there and for it to be cost effective.

The End Of Private Industry In Space? Hardly

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A pair of accidents has led some to wonder if we are at the end of commercial ventures in space. Clearly, we are not.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two Crash

Another setback for commercial space ventures, the second this week and this time with tragic consequences.

Trick Or Treating Didn’t Always Mean Getting Candy

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Not too long ago, Trick Or Treating didn’t mean getting candy produced by large corporations.

Q3 GDP Growth

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Via the BBC:  US grows at annual rate of 3.5% in third quarter The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department has said. That is a slowdown from the 4.6% growth rate of the April-June quarter, but economists say that was a rebound from the first […]

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions

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Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Would You Fly On This Airplane?

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If a British aerospace company gets its way, you could one day have a chance to fly in a passenger plane where the windows are replaced by wraparound view screens that show you what’s outside the plane all around you: A British aerospace company released pictures Sunday of its “windowless” plane concept that would make even the […]

Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

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Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Are Book Publishers Useless?

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Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

Ebola Travel Ban Protester

A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

CBS Announces Streaming Service, And Cutting The Cord Starts To Become Easier

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One day after HBO, CBS announces its own streaming service. And the future approaches just a little bit faster.

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

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The start of a trend? Probably.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

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A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Colleges

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Their places are being filled by students who pay higher tuition rates.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

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Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

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A desperation move by NBC News?

U.S. To Begin Ebola Screenings For Travelers From West Africa

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Starting as early as this weekend, the U.S. will be screening arriving passengers from West Africa for signs of the Ebola virus: ATLANTA — Federal officials said Wednesday that they would begin temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa at five American airports, beginning with Kennedy International in New York as early as this […]

Farewell To Lotus 1-2-3

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The program that helped bring IBM PC’s into offices across America will soon be no more: Thirty-one years is a good run for any product and that is how long we have lived with the spreadsheet that defined the PC generation, Lotus 1-2-3. Earlier this week IBM Lotus 1-2-3. Millennium Edition, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x, […]

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

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