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September 16, 2013 Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

“Employment down by 0.1% in euro area” That was the headline of a news release on Friday from Eurostat, the European Statistical Agency. The figures were for the second quarter, compared to the first. (Speed of release is not a...

September 1, 2013 Federal Reserve seen lighting the September volatility fuse

Gulf Times - The broad îStoxxî Europe 600 index has dipped 0.35% in August as all risk asset markets were hit by a flare up in the Syrian crisis, compared with a drop in Wall Street's S&P 500 index of about 2.8%....

August 27, 2013 A Sarbanes-Oxley Act for Food Safety Could Save Lives - editorial

Source: Food Safety News

Bill Marler and I speak to senior executives of food manufacturing companies and restaurant operators many times each year. We are almost always surprised (yes, even we can be naive sometimes) by how little they know about the...

August 26, 2013 New Jobs! If Only It Were True

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

CREATING jobs is an essential goal today, given our high unemployment rate. But when job programs rely on taxpayer backing, their success or failure should be clearly disclosed. For example, the United States Department of...

August 19, 2013 Energy policy: how not to win an argument - Editorial


The worst time to try to sort out a difficult argument is after the fighting about it has begun. The UK government, by appearing to rush to judgment in favour of fracking for gas, has lost any power of persuasion it might have...

August 19, 2013 Merge Is What Airlines Do

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

So how is it that 35 years after the law was passed that deregulated the airline industry, we stand today with two megacarriers, United and Delta, while a third proposed megamerger — of American and US Airways — was all but done...

August 15, 2013 Don’t Kill Fannie Mae

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

Could it get any worse for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Last week, even President Obama joined the growing chorus of those who want to put them out of business.

August 15, 2013 The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation. This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary

Telegraph - Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh' Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation â that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen...

August 14, 2013 Austerity: It Saved Greece and It Will Save America, Too

PolicyMic - To protect workers from being thrown out when a rival party came to power, virtually iron-clad job protections for government workers were enshrined in the constitution. Though it was very rare for a government worker...

August 13, 2013 Can the Fed wind down its stimulus without hurting the economy'

The Week Magazine - s the the five-year anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis approaches, the Federal Reserve is toying with the prospect of phasing out its giant monetary stimulus plan, in which the central bank buys $85...

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