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AOL Instant Messenger To Shut Down After 20 Years

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In other news, this week we learned that AIM still exists.

Job Creation Declines In September In Report Likely Impacted By Hurricanes

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A very weak jobs report thanks mostly to the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

Hugh Hefner Dies At 91

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Hugh Hefner, who became both a cultural icon and a catalyst and reflector of vast social changes, has died at the age of 91.

Republicans Unveil Broad Outlines Of Tax Reform Package

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Republicans finally unveiled the outlines of a tax reform package yesterday, but the devil is in the still to be determined details.

Aaron Hernandez Suffered From ‘Severe’ Case Of C.T.E. At Time Of Death, Report Says

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Former N.F.L. player, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez suffered from a severe case of C.T.E. at the time of his death according to a post-mortem brain study.

Trump Slump? International Travel To U.S. Suffers Noticeable Drop Since January

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Commerce Department figures report a measurable drop in international travel to the United States since the start of 2017.

Eliminating The Debt Ceiling: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

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Perhaps it’s time to consider getting rid of the debt ceiling entirely.

So Far, Trump’s Economy Is Doing Worse Than Obama’s

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President Trump likes to take credit for the state of the economy, but the truth is that things are actually doing slightly worse under his Administration than they were under his predecessor.

August Jobs Report Disappoints As It Fails To Meet Expectations

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August’s Jobs Report came in below expectations.

GDP Growth Solid In Second Estimate, But Can It Be Sustained?

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The new GDP growth estimate shows healthy economic growth in the second quarter, but it’s unclear if it can be sustained.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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“I am not overawed, and I am not at all disturbed by the proclamation of college professors who never earned a dollar by the sweat of their brow by honest labor.”–Senator Samuel Shortridge (R-CA) in response to “1,028 economists [who] sent a letter of protest, arguing that protectionism would harm the economy and cause a trade […]

Restricting Immigration Does Not Lead To More Jobs For Americans

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The fundamental premise at the heart of the immigration bill that President Trump backed earlier this month has no merit whatsoever.

DJIA and Jobs Trend

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Plus some comparisons of Trump/Obama and Trump/Bill Clinton.

A Good, But Not Great, Jobs Report For July

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July’s jobs report beat expectations, but the underlying numbers aren’t entirely positive either.

SpaceX Now One Of The World’s Most Valuable Privately-Held Companies

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In a short period of time, SpaceX has become a huge success, as has the commercial space launch industry.

Second Quarter Sees Modest Economic Growth In Initial Estimate

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According to initial estimates, the economy grew at faster pace in the second quarter than at the beginning of the year, but it was hardly anything to write home about.

The Incoherent Nature of Nancy MacLean’s Narrative

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A Duke history professor uncovers “stealth plan” by “fifth columnists” who are seeking to overthrow democracy in the U.S. for their plutocrat masters.

A Solid June Jobs Report Signals Bounce Back From Slump In May

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The June Jobs Report was significantly better than what we saw in May but on the whole not different from what we’ve seen for the last three years or so.

Federal Reserve Raises Rates For Third Time Since December

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For the third time since December,, the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates.

A Mediocre May Jobs Report

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May’s Jobs Report was mediocre, suggesting that the economy may be stagnating.

First Quarter Economic Growth Better Than Initially Forecast, But Further Slowing Is Forecast

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Economic growth in the first quarter wasn’t as bad as first estimated, but it still wasn’t very good. And the future is unclear at best.

April Jobs Report Bounces Back From March Doldrums

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The Jobs Report for April showed much-improved numbers from the disappointment in March.

Trump’s First Quarter GDP Numbers Aren’t Exactly Impressive

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The first scorecard for President Trump’s first economic quarter in office isn’t exactly very good.

Trump Administration Introduces Tax Plan, But Comes Up Short On Details

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The Trump Administration is out with a tax plan, but it’s seriously lacking in details.

ESPN’s Massive Layoffs

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The Worldwide Leader fired over 100 on-air personalities yesterday.

Why Would Anyone Pay $400,000 to Hear Barack Obama Speak?

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The organizers are paying for prestige, not influence.

Bill O’Reilly Out At Fox News Channel

Another big change at Fox News Channel.

Amazon To Stream Thursday Night N.F.L. Games

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Another step toward making it easier to cut the cord.

A Disappointing March Jobs Report

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After starting the year with two good months, the jobs report for March was quite disappointing.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Payload Using Recycled Rocket

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Another SpaceX success.

So Far, There’s No Sign Of A ‘Trump Bump’ In The Economy

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So far, there’s no sign that Donald Trump is having much of an impact on the economy.

Oakland Raiders Set To Move To Las Vegas

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The Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Raiders are headed to Vegas, baby!

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Third Time In Fifteen Months

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For only the third time since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve Board has raised interest rates.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part II

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Part Two in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan. This post examines several ideas advanced by conservatives, and the reasons they aren’t complete answers to the problems we face.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part I

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Part One in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan.

February Jobs Report Is Good, But Hardly Great

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The first Jobs Report for the first full month of the Trump Presidency is out, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Policy Analysts From Left, Right, And Center Criticize House GOP Obamacare Replacement

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Health care policy analysts seem united in their assessment of the House GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and it’s overwhelmingly negative.

Estimates of the Trade and Welfare Effects of NAFTA?

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I am going to construct a complicated mathematical model of the economy, and then I’m going to calibrate it using some actual data, and in the end I will be able to tell everyone how much better or worse off they are given various changes in the economy. And it will be totally and completely true. Trust me, it’s math and therefore science.

Viewership For Live Televised Events Down Across The Board

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Fewer people are watching live television events such as the Super Bowl and Academy Awards.

Trump’s Economic Ignorance Costing the U.S. Jobs

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Trump’s attempt to fix the balance of trade will almost surely end up leaving us all worse off.

Janet Yellin Hints At Another Rate Increase This Month

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellin hinted strongly today that we’re likely to see another interest rate increase this month.

A ‘Trump Slump’ In The U.S. Travel Industry?

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Travel industry experts are reporting a noticeable drop in international travel and tourism since Donald Trump was elected President.

SpaceX Wants To Send Civilians To Orbit The Moon, By The End Of 2018

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An ambitious plan to return men to the Moon in less than two years.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Playboy Is Bringing Back The Nudity

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After a year long experiment, Playboy is bringing nudity back.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

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Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

Super Bowl Viewership Dips Slightly For Second Straight Year

There were 111.3 million people tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, slightly lower than last year.

A Strong January Jobs Report, But Signs Of Possible Weakness Ahead

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The first Jobs Report of 2017 saw healthy jobs growth in January, but there are signs we may be reaching a point where hiring could slow down.

Super Bowl Commercial Prices Hit $5,000,000 For 30 Seconds Of Ad Time

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A Super Bowl ad will cost you a cool $5,000,000 for thirty seconds.

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