January 17, 2017
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running businesses that have offshored thousands of U.S. jobs, according to Labor Department data attained by Reuters. As a high-stakes investor a decade ago, Ross specialized in turning around troubled manufacturing companies at a time when the U.S. economy was losing more than 100,000 jobs yearly due to...
January 17, 2017
And that’s just the short-term effects. The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a Republican effort to repeal Obamacare immediately but keep some elements of the coverage expansion in place for two years. The numbers are staggering and suggest the GOP will find it difficult to keep its promise of an “orderly transition,” unless they deviate significantly from a prototype...
January 13, 2017
So much for economic populism. Big business and congressional Republicans salivate at the idea of gutting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Now, President-elect Donald Trump is moving toward what they’ve long wanted: a weak agency that sides with financial predators over consumers. Trump met with former Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) on Wednesday and is...
January 13, 2017
Threats by Rex Tillerson, would-be secretary of state, to stop access to islands are ‘mish-mash of naivety and shortsightedness’, says China Daily The US risks a “large-scale war” with China if it attempts to blockade islands in the South China Sea, Chinese state media has said, adding that if recent statements become policy when Donald Trump takes over as president “the two sides had better prepare for a...
January 9, 2017
Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why? I have been alive for a long time. I remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, when I was a 10th-grader, and then watching with my family through the grim following days as newscasters said that something had changed forever. The next dozen years were nearly nonstop trauma for the country. More assassinations. Riots in most major cities....
January 9, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Dow Chemical Co's (DOW.N) bid to revive its claim to more than $1 billion in tax deductions based on partnerships the company entered into that lower courts said were created primarily to avoid tax liability and had no legitimate business purpose. The justices left in place two rulings by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the U.S. government over the two...
January 4, 2017
Police in Alabama arrested six civil rights activists staging a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions' office on Tuesday to protest his nomination for U.S. Attorney General, criticizing his record on voting rights and race relations. Sessions, 70, has a history of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform. Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) had vowed to occupy...
January 4, 2017
Quantifying the government’s reluctance to fund science studying guns. If something was causing many Americans to die, you might expect the federal government to spend a lot of money studying it. That’s true for heart disease, for example, which kills more than 600,000 Americans a year, and which federal agencies have spent more than $10 billion researching between 2004 and 2015, according to a new study. But one...
January 3, 2017
That was fast. Amid intense blowback, Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday said they had scrapped planned changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a non-partisan agency that probes claims of misconduct against House members and staff. Proponents said the changes would introduce greater due-process into the body’s work, but some Democratic lawmakers and government watchdog groups had criticised...
January 3, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to impose a "big border tax" on General Motors Co for making some of its Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in Mexico, an arrangement the largest U.S. automaker defended as part of its strategy to serve global customers, not sell them in the United States. Trump's comments marked his latest broadside aimed at an American company over jobs, imports and costs before he takes office on...


Off the Wires

January 17, 2017
Billionaire Wilbur Ross, chosen by Donald Trump to help implement the president-elect's trade agenda, earned his fortune in part by running...
January 13, 2017
Threats by Rex Tillerson, would-be secretary of state, to stop access to islands are ‘mish-mash of naivety and shortsightedness’, says...
January 9, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Dow Chemical Co's (DOW.N) bid to revive its claim to more than $1 billion in tax deductions...
January 4, 2017
Police in Alabama arrested six civil rights activists staging a sit-in at Senator Jeff Sessions' office on Tuesday to protest his nomination...
January 3, 2017
That was fast. Amid intense blowback, Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday said they had scrapped planned changes to the...

Value Blog

January 17, 2017
And that’s just the short-term effects. The Congressional Budget Office just issued a report on the likely effects of a...
January 13, 2017
So much for economic populism. Big business and congressional Republicans salivate at the idea of gutting the Consumer Financial Protection...
January 9, 2017
Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why? I have been alive for a long time. I remember...
January 4, 2017
Quantifying the government’s reluctance to fund science studying guns. If something was causing many Americans to die, you might expect the...
January 3, 2017
IS ANYONE GOING TO STOP TRUMP FROM USING THE COUNTRY AS A GIANT ATM? PROBABLY NOT. There isn’t another face of Donald Trump waiting in the...

Altruism Today

January 17, 2017
President Obama has accelerated clemency to low-level drug offenders. Near the start of his second term, President Barack Obama had...
January 13, 2017
Vaccine skepticism is as old as the idea of inoculation itself, but the recent politicization of vaccination is putting us all at risk. On...
January 9, 2017
A sagging economy, a complex job market, and a lack of social programs have led to an increase in the number of elderly people living—and...
January 4, 2017
According to a CDC study from 2003, domestic violence is the cause of two million injuries in the U.S. every year. Beginning this...
January 3, 2017
"Public disclosures like this enable collective cyber defense through information sharing."  Says Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)...

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