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Appeals Court Reinstates Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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A Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the four game suspension imposed on Tom Brady over the so-called ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman Twenty Dollar Bill

Woman who liberated slaves to replace slaveholding President who presided over Native American genocide on American currency.

The Steady Decline of News

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The business of the media is business. Business is not good.

Treasury Department Likely To Spare Alexander Hamilton, Bad News For Andrew Jackson

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The success of the Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ appears to be helping to save Alexander Hamilton’s place on the $10 bill. Andrew Jackson, meanwhile, looks likely to be booted from the $20 bill.

‘Panama Papers’ Claim Prime Minister Of Iceland As First Victim

Panama Papers

One down. How many more to go?

Twitter To Live Stream All Ten Thursday Night N.F.L. Games

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All of next season’s Thursday Night N.F.L. games will be streamed live for free via Twitter.

Leaked Documents Reveal International Web Of Hidden Assets, Secret Bank Accounts

Panama Papers

A treasure trove of documents from a law firm in Panama could prove problematic for a large group of international leaders.

Modestly Good News From The March Jobs Report

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March’s Jobs Report was good, but could be better.

Andrew Grove, Intel Chairman Who Helped Develop The Semiconductor Revolution, Dead At 79

Andrew Grove

One of the pioneers of the technology revolution of the past four decades has passed away.

Latest Fox News GOP Debate Garners 16.8 Million Viewers

Eleventh Republican Debate

Thursday’s Republican debate on Fox News Channel proved that the American public remains keenly interested in the 2016 Presidential race: Thursday’s GOP debate on Fox News was the highest-rated debate of 2016 and the fourth-highest-rated primary debate on record. The two-hour debate averaged 16.8 million total viewers — a bigger audience than practically everything else […]

Solid Jobs Growth For February, But Shadows Remain Hovering Over The Economy

Now Hiring Sign

February’s Jobs Report was relatively positive, but there are still shadows hovering over the economy as we head further into the year.

Economic Growth In Final Quarter Of 2015 Pegged At Anemic 1.0%

Economy Heartbeat

Not exactly inspiring economic news from the Commerce Department.

Tenth GOP Debate Garners Estimated 14.5 Million Viewers

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Last night’s Republican debate in Texas received the highest viewership since the start of 2016: The final Republican primary gathering before Super Tuesday produced plenty of insults and fireworks on stage Thursday night — and the largest audience for any debate in more than two months. In Nielsen’s preliminary national estimates, the GOP debate averaged 14.521 […]

Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley Wine Pioneer, Dead At 101

Peter Mondavi

A man who helped create a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and some mighty fine wine, has passed away.

Pitfalls of ‘Bring Your Own Device’

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Work Phones Are Being Phased Out at Banks

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

Economy Heartbeat

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

Now Hiring Sign

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

Economy Heartbeat

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

SpaceX Launch And Landing

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

Star Wars The Force Awakens

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

Federal Reserve Building

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

Fifth Republican Debate

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

Economy Heartbeat

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

Starbucks Holiday Cups 2015

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

Now Hiring Sign

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

Economy Heartbeat

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.

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