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After Two Solid Months, January Brings A Decidedly Mediocre Jobs Report

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January’s Jobs Report was nothing to write home about.

ObamaCare’s Predicted Effects Coming True

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Major carriers are reporting massive losses and demanding major rate hikes to cover the costs imposed by PPACA.

Trumpless Republican Debate Garners 12.5 Million Viewers

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Thursday’s debate without Donald Trump drew fewer viewers than might have been expected, but it’s unclear if that’s because Donald Trump wasn’t there.

Economy Grows At Anemic 0.7% In Final Quarter Of 2015

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An anemic end to 2015 raises concerns about the health of the economy going forward.

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

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As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

China’s Economy Appears To Be Slowing Significantly, And That Could Have A Huge Impact

A dealer analyses the shares index to investors (not pictured) at a securities company in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 27 August 2007. Chinese share prices closed 0.83 percent up 27 August to record a sixth straight day of gains after more listed companies reported strong earnings for the first half, dealers said. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s economy is still growing, but it’s most recently reported growth rate is slower than the nation has seen in quite some time.

93% of America’s Counties Still Haven’t Recovered from Great Recession

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The economy is booming. Except where it’s not.

December Jobs Report Makes 2015 Second Best Year For Jobs Growth Since 1999

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A strong month for jobs growth in . means 2015 ended on a strong note

The Sagebrush Rebellion, the Bundys, and American Vigalantism

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A look at the history behind the ideology driving the standoff in Oregon.

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Raises Doubts About Rulings Against Redskins Trademarks

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A ruling in an unrelated case raises serious doubts about the law used to revoke the Washington Redskins trademarks because they are allegedly ‘disparaging.’

Final Report Shows Tepid Economic Growth During Third Quarter

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The final report to third quarter Gross Domestic Product shows that growth over the summer was, at best, tepid.

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

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Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

Third Democratic Debate Grabs 6.7 Million Viewers, The Lowest Yet For Any 2016 Debate

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To nobody’s surprise, the third Democratic Debate received the lowest ratings yet of any debate so far this election cycle.

A Record Breaking Opening Weekend For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Perhaps not surprisingly, the newest film in the Star Wars saga is breaking all kinds of records.

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For First Time In Nearly A Decade

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In a move it had been telegraphing for the better part of a year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since July 2006.

Fifth Republican Debate Gets More Than 18 Million Viewers

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Another set of solid ratings for the latest debate.

New York Judge Upholds Injunction Shutting Down Draft Kings And Fan Duel In New York

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A New York Judge has upheld an injunction against Draft Kings and Fan Duel. It’s probably correct under New York law, but that just means the law needs to be changed.

Going To College Is Still The Best Thing To Do For Your Future, Graduating Is Even Better

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Going to or, preferably, graduating from college makes it far more likely you’ll have a job. The numbers don’t lie.

A Good, But Not Great, Jobs Report For November

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The November Jobs Report was good, but there still aren’t signs of the kind of stronger economic growth we need to see.

Passenger Kicked Off Flight Because They Cut Off Crew Member At Revolving Door

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A Dallas man was kicked off a flight home from New York City because he had unknowingly cut off a flight crew member while going through a revolving door. This seems like a case of discretion gone way too far.

Is Portugal Europe’s Next Greece?

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The election of an anti-austerity government in Portugal is raising some concerns.

Frank Gifford, C.T.E., And The N.F.L.’s Continuing Concussion Problem

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The news that the late football legend Frank Gifford suffered from the same chronic brain disease that has been diagnosed in many N.F.L. players in recent years, and the upcoming release of a new film on the issue, seems certain to increase pressure to protect players at all levels of football.

John Oliver On Getting Rid Of The Penny

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On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver hit on an issue that I’ve talked about before, getting rid of the penny: Why is the penny still a thing? As John Oliver pointed out on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday, it costs 1.7 cents to make each penny, so they lose money the moment they’re […]

Economic Growth Was Slightly Better Over The Summer Than Initially Reported

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The economy performed a little better than previously reported over the summer. It’s not great, but it’s probably enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

Sony Is Finally Killing Off Betamax. Wait, Betamax Was Still Alive?

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You thought Betamax died three decades ago didn’t you?

Second Democratic Debate Draws 8.5 Million Viewers, Lowest Of Any 2016 Debate So Far

Second Democratic Debate

Not unexpectedly, last night’s Democratic Debate in Iowa drew the lowest ratings of any debate so far: The second Democratic primary debate of the year averaged 8.5 million viewers on Saturday night, far fewer than the audience of the first debate, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. The debate was the most-watched show of the night […]

No, Donald Trump Isn’t “Self-Funding” His Campaign

Trump Escalator

Donald Trump likes to tell people that he’ll never be beholden to special interests because he’s self-funding his campaign. So far, though, that doesn’t really seem to be true.

‘War On Christmas’ Apparently Now Being Fought With Coffee Cups

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You may not be aware, but your local Starbucks is the new front in the ‘War On Christmas.’

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

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To no real surprise, the Obama Administration has rejected the application to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is likely to remain an issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign, though.

Strong October Jobs Report Implicates Fed Policy, Role Of The Economy In 2016 Election

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A much stronger than expected October Jobs Report suggests that the Federal Reserve is likely to move on interest rates, and raises questions about how economic issues will play out politically in 2016.

TransCanada Asks For Delay In Keystone XL Pipeline Review

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Another piece of news that all but guarantees the fate of the Keystone XL project will not be resolved before President Obama leaves office.

Star Trek Returning To Television In 2017, But Only On Digital Streaming

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Boldly going……..again?

China Ends ‘One Child’ Policy Over Demographic Concerns

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Thanks mostly to well-founded demographic concerns, China is ending the ‘One Child’ policy, but it is probably too late for them to avoid the consequences of the forty year program.

Senate Passes Two-Year Budget Deal

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As expected, the Senate easily passed the two-year budget deal early this morning.

Economic Growth Over The Summer Was Quite Sluggish

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Gross Domestic Product grew at a sluggish 1.5% in the just-concluded Third Quarter, calling the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates at some point even further into question.

CNBC Debate Had Fewer Viewers Than Any Debate So Far, Which Is Good For CNBC

Republican Presidential Candidates Hold Third Debate In Colorado

While it did draw 14 million viewers, last night’s CNBC debate had the smallest audience of any Presidential debate so far. That was probably a good thing for CNBC considering how bad the debate was.

Playboy To Drop Nude Pictorials

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From now on, you’ll just have to read it for the articles.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Trade Bill She Negotiated and Touted

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Obama’s first Secretary of State has come out against Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership.

A Lackluster September Jobs Report

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September’s Jobs Report was disappointing to say the least, and calls into question the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates in the near future.

Final Revision Shows Strong Second Quarter GDP Growth

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The final GDP revision for the second quarter showed the economy grew at a nearly four percent rate.

Federal Judge Rules ‘Happy Birthday To You’ Copyright Invalid

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A Federal Judge has ruled that the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ has been invalid for at least the past eighty years.

Surprising Many, Federal Reserve Declines To Raise Interest Rates

Economy Heartbeat

After months of hinting that interest rates would be rising this month, signs of economic weakness led the Federal Reserve to hold back.

August Jobs Report Nothing To Write Home About

Economy Heartbeat

The August Jobs Report was positive, but weak, calling into question the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates this month.

Second Quarter G.D.P. Revision Shows Strong Growth, But Future Weakness Seems Likely

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Today’s revision of Second Quarter G.D.P. growth was good news, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

Stock Market Drop Leads Trump And Walker To Say Dumb Things About China

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Yesterday’s stock market drop led some Republican candidates to say some particularly dumb things.

Sesame Street Moves To HBO

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So does this mean Big Bird will show up on Game Of Thrones?

Scott Walker’s Crony Capitalism

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“Fiscal conservative” Scott Walker is handing Wisconsin taxpayers a $400 million bill for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Columbia House Files Bankruptcy, Many Surprised To Learn It Still Existed

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A company you probably thought had died off years ago filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday.

Jobs Report Points To An Anemic Economy, So Why Is The Fed Thinking Of Raising Rates?

Economy Heartbeat

The July Jobs Report indicates that while the economy is growing, it is not growing very much. This seems to call the Federal Reserve’s interest rate plans into question.

Backlash Against Boss Who Raised Minimum Salary

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Gravity announced a minimum annual salary of $70,000. Almost everyone is unhappy.

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