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  • Byron York: The overlooked substance in Donald Trump's speech

    06/24/2016 1:13:38 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/24/20116 | Byron York
    Most coverage of Donald Trump's speech in New York Wednesday has focused on his attacks on Hillary Clinton. Or the fact that he read the speech from a teleprompter. Or the fact that it came amid a period of disorder and change in his campaign. But Trump included actual substance in the speech — new policy proposals and promises — that escaped many observers. In a series of pledges to take action in his first 100 days as president, Trump said he would move on trade, business regulation, energy, and several other topics. One area in which Trump promised to...
  • Some Business Leaders Abandon GOP (barf alert)

    06/23/2016 1:22:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2016 | Laura Meckler
    Politics Election 2016 Several GOP Business Leaders Are Backing Clinton Democratic presidential candidate to get backing from executives, some of whom cite unease with Trump’s candidacy By Laura Meckler June 23, 2016 12:09 a.m. ET More than 50 business executives, including several longtime Republicans, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday as her campaign seeks to capitalize on discomfort with Republican Donald Trump. They include Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T Services Inc., and Dan Akerson, who held top positions at General Motors Co. and Nextel Communications Inc. A Clinton campaign aide provided the list. The endorsements reflect...
  • USA Needs More Entrepreneurs, Not More Bureaucrats

    06/22/2016 11:34:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Star Parker
    Uber, the ride-hailing company, founded in 2009, began operations in San Francisco in 2011, and now has a presence in 449 cities worldwide. From its beginning with just a vision, the firm's market value, by recent estimates, now exceeds $60 billion dollars. Uber is just one of many new emerging businesses that are the result of applying new technology to the routine affairs of living. In this case, rather than needing to hail a cab or order one from a central office, you just connect with drivers through an app on your smartphone. When existing businesses find themselves threatened by...
  • Some Blame Guns, Republicans over Islam for Orlando Attack

    06/20/2016 3:48:07 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 23 replies
    Risk and Reward with Deidre Bolton ^ | June 20, 2016 | Ami Horowitz
    Another video showing how shockingly mentally disconnected the PC Liberal/Progressive mind is. The maker of this video is Ami Horowitz. I never heard of him but his video is stunning. His video is three days old but was on FBN today.
  • Anti-Trump activist on latest move to derail the GOP candidate

    06/14/2016 4:24:54 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 23 replies
    Fox Business: After the Bell ^ | 06/14/2016 | After the Bell
    This is a video of an interview that was broadcast on the Fox Business' show "After the Bell" about 3:30 CDT today June 14, 2016.
  • Investing thread

    06/09/2016 5:56:44 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 20 replies
    freeper investors ^ | JUNE 8, 2016 | freeper investors
    A very happy and uncertain morning to all!!  Yesterday stock indexes went up slightly in mixed volume while gold/silver continued basing, and today futures seem mixed but this morning's before hours trade on the S&P had it knocked back down past yesterday's gains.Maybe these will help: 8:30 AM Initial Claims 8:30 AM Continuing Claims 10:00 AM Wholesale Inventories 10:30 AM Natural Gas Inventories --or possibly: Fintech Is Ending Money Management As We Know It - Barry Ritholtz, BV An Ambitious and Distinctive Anti-Poverty Agenda - Scott Winship, Forbes After 350K Layoffs, Worker Shortages in Oil - Nick Cunningham, OilPrice Has...
  • Marco's Pizza® Franchise Launches Veterans Recruitment Program

    06/07/2016 8:02:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Market Wired ^ | May 19, 2016 | Cameron Cummins
    TOLEDO, OH--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - Marco's Pizza® has a strong history of supporting U.S. veterans, and the iconic pizza franchise has now formally committed to being an employer of choice for veterans through the launch of a veterans recruiting initiative. U.S. Army veteran Scott Quagliata will oversee the program as Vice President, Veterans Program and Recruitment. "We want to make sure that veterans know that Marco's has wonderful leadership and ownership opportunities for them," said Quagliata, who served in several leadership positions during his 20-year Army career, including Deputy Commanding Officer. "Successful franchisees understand and adhere to operational...
  • A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities

    05/31/2016 6:54:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 May 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. ___ Americans in small towns and rural communities are dramatically less likely to start new businesses than they have been in the past, an unprecedented trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. The recovery from the Great Recession has seen a nationwide slowdown in the creation of new businesses, or start-ups. What growth has occurred has been largely confined to a handful of large and innovative areas, including Silicon Valley...
  • Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Could Face Fine Up to $500K

    05/31/2016 8:09:07 AM PDT · by milton23 · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/30/16 | Melissa Quinn
    When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told The Daily Signal. “Usually it’s the opposite.” Kunkel owns Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland, and employs 21 full-time workers and up to 10 part-time employees. While he doesn’t provide them with health insurance, Kunkel cuts his workers a monthly check through a...
  • Judicial Overreach: Small Court, Big Economic Ramifications

    05/27/2016 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 27, 2016 | Fred Lucas
    Judicial overreach is moving beyond a theoretical political debate, as one Delaware state judge could throw the livelihoods of nearly 4,000 people into uncertainty and have sweeping ramifications for other major American employers. TransPerfect Global is by almost any measure a successful company, with more than $500 million in revenue and more than 3,500 fulltime employees. It’s the world’s largest privately-held translation software company, with offices in 90 cities. The company itself doesn’t seem dysfunctional – managing to be quite profitable despite litigation between the co-founders. However, Delaware Court of Chancery Chief Judge Andre Bouchard ruled the company must be...
  • Economic Interference Week

    05/26/2016 1:44:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/24/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    The International Economic Development Council is recognizing its 90th anniversary by promoting what it calls “Economic Development Week,” designed to celebrate its industry and professionals. Yet the act of governments using tax dollars to pick winners and losers is nothing to celebrate. If anything, government development agencies interfere with rather than facilitate economic well-being, particularly when they use targeted tax deals and subsidies. Governments around the United States — and in much of the world — have established countless agencies and programs under the rubric of economic development and job creation. Decades of experience, along with anecdotal and empirical evidence,...
  • Trump says his business flourishing since presidential run (Have fun with it, Kids!)

    05/19/2016 12:34:39 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | Steven Braun & Eileen Sullivan
    Donald Trump has told the government that his myriad businesses have flourished with rising revenues since his improbable political success, according to financial documents released Wednesday. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said revenue at his businesses grew by $190 million over the past 17 months, and he had $557 million in earned income. The Federal Election Commission released the personal financial documents that Trump filed with the agency. They provide an overview of the billionaire's assets and revenues and his roles with hundreds of corporate shell companies.... The filing also shows that Trump has invested in some of the companies...
  • Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

    05/17/2016 8:17:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 May 2016 | Jackie Calmes
    A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. That story still circulates within the business community of this historic port city. But the problem has gotten worse. All over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: They are struggling to find workers who can...
  • Blame Minimum Wage, Not Carl’s Jr. CEO, For Automated Restaurants

    05/17/2016 12:12:21 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 72 replies
    The ROOT CAUSE of our economic woes including business leaving our shores is the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT unconstitutionally forcing minimum wage on business. Minimum wage, regulations, unions, and high taxes are THE CAUSE of businesses moving elsewhere. Federal government is the problem NOT the solution. Although I support Trump, his tariff proposals are MORE federal government and do NOTHING to attack the ROOT CAUSES of the loss of jobs in our country. Tariffs have the appearance but not the reality of a solution - they are only palliative and delay the actual reforms needed. A tariff is a tax and China...
  • Blame Minimum Wage, Not Carl’s Jr. CEO, For Automated Restaurants

    05/15/2016 8:59:32 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 138 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/18/2016 | Editorial
    Overregulation: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has people all in a huff over his idea to automate restaurants. But why be upset with Puzder? This is an inevitable consequence of massive minimum wage hikes by the government. “With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” said Puzder. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.” He’s right. That’s why whenever the minimum wage rises above the market-set prevailing wage, jobs are destroyed. Who would pay someone $15 an hour to do a job that’s...
  • To Learn About Hypocrisy, Google ‘Oregon Florist’

    05/14/2016 6:05:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    So, a customer goes to a business to purchase a product. The business refuses to sell. The customer asks why. The business says, however politely, “Because we don’t approve of you.”And the business gets in trouble, right florists, wedding hall operators and cake-bakers of America? Actually, we’ll see about that. Google announced Wednesday it no longer would allow online or payday lenders to advertise on its websites. Online loans join firearms, explosives and illicit drugs as products the search engine giant refuses to tout. Facebook also bans selling ads to online lenders, but Yahoo and other providers still do. It’s...
  • HB2 Could Cost North Carolina Almost $5 Billion a Year

    05/11/2016 8:00:45 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 39 replies
    The Williams Institute ^ | 05/11/2016 | Christy Mallory and Brad Sears
    By adding to an already challenging legal environment in North Carolina, HB2 could cost the state almost $5 billion a year, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. "The repeal of HB2 would not only reverse the threat to over $5 billion in economic activity for the state, but would also begin to bring North Carolina some of the economic advantages that come when a state embraces diversity and its LGBT citizens," said Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel at the Williams Institute and co-author of the new report. While prior reports have focused on...
  • David and Goliath Battle Over Donuts

    05/10/2016 2:59:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Chin and Jennifer Kim watched the Carl's Jr. go out of business outside their Carmel Mountain Ranch donut shop. Sesame Donuts has been in the same strip mall for 27 years, 17 of those years owned by the Kims. The old Carl's Jr. has been going through renovations lately. It's only 50 yards away and the Chin wanted to know about their new neighbors. That's why he was shocked when a customer told them that neighbor would be a Krispy Kreme Donut Shop. "I was surprised, I didn't believe it," said Chin. Since the word has gotten out to their...
  • Ben Franklin & Trump: Bringing Business Smarts & Pride in Workmanship to Government

    05/08/2016 2:51:54 PM PDT · by poconopundit · 28 replies
    5/8/2016 | Pocono Pundit
    My FRiends, congratulations to Mr. Trump on his pending Republican nomination!  And what better way to celebrate than to compare Trump with the so-called "First American" and Founding Father, Ben Franklin. On Google Images, I ran across an amusing New York Magazine portrait of Trump wearing an 18th century hair style.  Then, shortly thereafter I found the splendid painting of Ben Franklin by David Martin.  I said: "Hey, wouldn't it be fun to GIMP those images together?" so Trump and Old Ben could sit together at the same table and shoot the breeze. For the story, I searched Wikipedia...
  • Donald Trump Jr. On The Record: Why Trump International Hotels And Residences Are Still Winning

    05/06/2016 1:26:04 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 7 replies
    Forbes / Lifestyle ^ | May 2, 2016 | Peter Taylor
    Days before a critical Indiana primary that could sew up the presidential nomination for the “presumptive” Republican party nominee, the candidate’s eldest son, who is also his current campaign surrogate and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, isn’t interested in talking politics at all..... If all of these Trump business traits—passion, hard work, getting your hands dirty—sound distinctly similar to many of the themes Donald Sr. is hammering home on the Republican campaign trail it’s because they’ve run in the family for decades—and Don Jr. isn’t shy about telling voters as much. Presidential campaigns have a habit of throwing...
  • The Trump Campaign Shows Its Policy Chops (Jobs)

    05/05/2016 5:39:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 4, 2016 | Betsy McCaughey
    The rap on Donald Trump is he's all bluster. The New York Times says he's offering "incoherent mishmash." GOP rival Ted Cruz claims Trump has "no idea" how to fix the economy. Don't' believe it. The Trump campaign is putting forward proposals to fix problems facing the nation, from the long waits for medical care at the VA to the impending collapse of Obamacare. Check out Trump's economic plan, for starters. Unlike Hillary Clinton's radical anti-business agenda, Trump's plan would actually help unemployed Americans get back to work. Trump slashes the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, down from the...
  • Tow truck driver said he refused service to woman because she supports Bernie Sanders

    05/05/2016 9:51:06 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 178 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | May 4, 2016 | Dal Kalsi
    ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) - A local tow truck driver said he refused to tow a woman’s car after he saw Bernie Sanders stickers on the vehicle. Kenneth Shupe said he was called to pick up a woman stranded on I-26 in Asheville on Monday. When he saw “a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff” he said he told the woman, “very politely,” that he could’t tow her car because she was “obviously a socialist” and advised her to “call the government” for a tow. "Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist minded person I have not gotten paid,"...
  • More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too

    05/05/2016 8:02:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2016 | James Hohman
    Michigan residents are making more money, meaning more money for state government. But its financial health is still enduring the effects of corporate welfare deals cut during the administration of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The state is projecting it will take in $9.2 billion in net income tax by the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, which would be a net 2.5 percent increase from the previous year. But the state also projects that it will have to pay out $1 billion in corporate welfare in the form of Michigan Business Tax credits by the end of the year. Overall,...
  • Private sector adds 156,000 jobs in April vs. 195,000 expected: ADP

    05/04/2016 6:55:59 AM PDT · by mykroar · 9 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | Fred Imbert
    Private job creation slowed even further last month as firms added just 156,000 jobs in April, ADP said in a Wednesday report. "The job market appears to have stumbled in April. Job growth noticeably slowed, with some weakness across most sectors. One month does not make a trend, but this bears close watching as the financial market turmoil earlier in the year may have done some damage to business hiring," Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said in a statement. Economists polled by Reuters expected the number to come in at 195,000. In March, private payrolls were revised down...
  • What MakerBot exit means for N.Y.C. and the 3D business

    05/03/2016 6:32:31 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 10 replies
    New York Business Journal ^ | 2016 April 27 | Teresa Novellino
    It was a double whammy for Brooklyn and New York City manufacturing this week with news that 3D printer company MakerBot Industries would be laying off local workers as it shifts its production work, although not its headquarters, to China. It is doing so through St. Petersburg, Florida-based Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL), one of the largest contract manufacturers in the world, which has facilities in China. The reasons behind this decision are myriad. Chief among them are the competitive headwinds in the 3D consumer printer business itself, and the high cost of doing business in New York City, ..... <...
  • The Transgender Threat to Boys and Men

    04/29/2016 7:49:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/29/2016 | Chris Ricketts
    Almost all counterarguments against allowing transgender individuals into sex-segregated spaces focus on the high likelihood of what harm will be caused to girls and women. However, to my knowledge there have been very few if any well-developed cases regarding the ramifications of allowing female transgender individuals into male sex-segregated spaces and what could happen to boys and men. Furthermore, the vast majority of rebuttals to allowing transgenders into sex-segregated spaces have focused almost solely on private areas such as restrooms and locker-rooms without further emphasis on incidents of privately owned, male-only businesses that have been coerced into accepting transgender individuals....
  • Poll: 72% of Americans do not support lawsuits against gun manufacturers

    04/26/2016 9:55:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/26/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The issue of nuisance lawsuits against gun manufacturers has moved well beyond the courtroom drama playing out with the Sandy Hook families. Bernie Sanders has managed to drive Hillary Clinton further to the left as she seeks lines of attack against the Vermont Senator, coaxing her into calling for the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in recent campaign stops. That may serve her purposes in the primary, but how well does such a position play nationally as we look forward to the general election in November? A new survey conducted by Harper Polling indicates...
  • Saudi Arabia Approves Economic Reform Program

    04/25/2016 6:40:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2016 | Margherita Stancati and Dahlia Kholaif
    RIYADH—Saudi Arabia, crimped by low crude prices, approved Monday a long-term blueprint for the kingdom’s economic transformation aimed at reducing its dependence on oil. The multiyear plan, dubbed “Saudi Vision 2030,” was approved by the cabinet, according to Saudi Arabia’s monarch, King Salman. The Saudi cabinet, in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said the government’s economic council would be in charge of overseeing the vision’s implementation. Saudi officials later Monday were to present a broad overview of the country’s most extensive economic shake-up in decades. The steep drop in oil prices has given new urgency to...
  • The BLOG: Voices An open letter to college crybabies from a CEO

    04/23/2016 2:04:05 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 29 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | April 18, 2016 | Kyle S. Reyes
    Dear College Students, I remember the stress of college. The anxiety of papers due. The uncertainty of relationships. The concerns about what I was going to do after graduation. I get it. It’s tough. I also remember professors who challenged our perceived notions of “right” and “wrong.” I recall being exposed to movies, books and papers that I massively disagreed with. Looking back, I can visualize the heated debates between people with different perspectives. I can almost hear the yelling, the screaming, the passion and the CHALLENGES. You’re studying and learning during the Industrial Revolution of our generation. It’s exciting....
  • Lithium War Heats Up After Epic Launch Of Tesla Model 3

    04/20/2016 8:31:48 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 46 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 20-04-2016 | Elon
    The unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 electric car was no less than the lifting of the final curtain on a game-changing energy revolution. And if we follow that revolution to its core, we arrive at lithium—our new gasoline for which the feeding frenzy has only just begun. Unveiled just on 31 March and already with 325,000 orders, it seems that the market, too, understands that the Model 3 is more than just another electric vehicle. In one week alone, Tesla has racked up around $14 billion in implied future sales, making it the “biggest one-week launch of any product ever.”...
  • Mammon Yes, God No [Corporate Bullies]

    04/19/2016 6:15:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    American Conservative ^ | April 19, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki writes this week about how Big Business has been a massively effective force for gay rights. He writes that progressives are used to seeing Big Business as the bad guy, but the pro-LGBT activist role corporations have taken on complicates matters. More:
  • Washington’s Business Bashing Stalls Economy

    04/19/2016 4:26:22 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 4 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | April 18, 2016 | Editorial
    Growth: Suddenly, all of the talk on Wall Street and Main Street is about whether the American economy is sinking into another recession. Who’s to blame? Try the White House and the political class. The warning signs of a sharp slowdown abound. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March and has now fallen 2% over the past 12 months. Corporate profits, real median wages, and business investment are basically flat.... ...U.S. growth has slowed down over the past six months. ... ...We keep asking: Where is the growth supposed to come from? Consider the battering that business and investors have been...
  • California’s war on private business is getting even worse

    04/18/2016 11:36:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2016 | Taylor Millard
    <p>The move ups the political tension between the city and Uber and Lyft. When faced with class-action lawsuits from drivers seeking status as employees, the companies have vigorously maintained that the drivers are independent contractors. [City Treasurer Jose] Cisneros is in essence turning that argument back on them and saying: If that’s the case, the drivers have to register as independent contractors for a business license.</p>
  • Obama fires another round in the war on business

    04/18/2016 4:31:20 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Rick Newman
    President Obama came into office railing against “fat cat bankers” and “corporate jet owners.” He’s going out much the same way... ...first target: Set-top boxes cable companies typically rent... ...cable industry, clearly surprised by Obama’s latest move, fought back, faulting the president for “inflammatory rhetoric” and for politicizing a matter that ought to be handled by independent regulators. No matter. Obama says his administration plans to take more such actions... ...With the exception of his support for free trade, Obama is center-left on most economic issues, favoring higher taxes on the wealthy... ...more rules and regulations to rein in business...
  • Latinos Want Economic Leadership, Not Isolationism

    04/13/2016 12:34:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Hector Barreto
    If a fierce political campaign can be likened to war, then the war we are watching played out in both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries proves the ancient saying, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The leading candidates for the presidential nominations of their parties – the Republican's Donald Trump and Democrat's Hillary Clinton – have taken great liberty with the truth, or have badly missed the point, on issues important to Latino voters. With more than 66,000 Latinos turning 18 each month, it’s critically important that presidential candidates recognize that Hispanics, and particularly the Hispanic community’s business...
  • 60 Big-Name Businesses Join Coalition Against Missouri 'Religious Liberty' Bill

    04/13/2016 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 50 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/13/2016 | Summer Ballentine
    More than 60 businesses including some of Missouri's biggest corporate names joined a coalition opposed to state legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages, the latest sign of a backlash against such proposals across the country. Agricultural giant Monsanto, prescription drug benefits manager Express Scripts, and pet food maker Nestle Purina are among employers to join the recently formed Missouri Competes, according to gay rights advocacy group PROMO, which released the list just hours before a House committee heard testimony from business, sports and religious groups. Dozens crammed in the Capitol basement for the late-night...
  • Women Sitting in Abortion Clinic Waiting Rooms are Lobbied to Sell Their Aborted Babies

    04/07/2016 10:39:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Rep. Marsha Blackburn
    When was the last time you talked to a woman who had suffered, with regret, through the abortion process? As you listened to her tell her story, what did you learn? Did you hear her regret, frustration, embarrassment, and confusion? Any time abortion becomes part of the public debate, many people run to their corner with their predetermined position. Their mind is made up, and they have their position on the issue. I, like many women, return to one simple question that has served as a trustworthy guide over the years: “Who is being harmed?” Learning about harm comes from...
  • ExxonMobil’s Secret Weapon Against Low Oil Prices

    04/06/2016 3:24:33 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 06-04-2016 | exxon
    Everyone is familiar with oil giant Exxon Mobil, so it should be no surprise that investors have kept XOM shares under pressure as oil prices hover near lows that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. What many investors do not realize though is that Exxon is more than just an oil company – the firm also owns the fourth largest chemical company in the world, Exxon Mobil Chemical.
  • The Odds Rise of a Democratic Victory

    04/06/2016 6:34:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2016 | William A. Galston
    The Odds Rise of a Democratic Victory William A. Galston While all eyes have been turned toward the dramatic nominating contests in both political parties, the fundamentals that will shape the general-election contest have been shifting toward the Democrats. Candidates seeking to succeed a two-term incumbent of their own party face an uphill battle. All other things being equal, political scientists find, such candidates can expect to fall short of the incumbents’ re-election vote share by at least 4 percentage points. Applied to the 2012 results, this metric would yield a 47% share for this year’s Democratic nominee. On the...
  • Jerry Brown signs $15 minimum wage in California

    04/04/2016 11:37:19 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 105 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/4/2016 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, casting a living wage as a moral imperative while questioning its economic rationale, signed legislation Monday raising California’s mandatory minimum to $15 an hour by 2022, acting within hours of a similar bill signing in New York. The bill’s enactment comes one week after Brown, Democratic lawmakers and labor leaders announced an agreement on the wage increase, averting a brawl on the November ballot. [snip] California political leaders and labor have struck a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next seven years. One excited fast food worker hugged Gov. Jerry Brown...
  • Major Companies Press North Carolina on Law Curbing Protections From Bias

    03/30/2016 10:41:24 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/29/16 | Jonathan M. Katz
    The onslaught of criticism, economic sanctions and a lawsuit being leveled at Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina grew on Tuesday, as the largest corporation in his state joined the fight against a new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Bank of America, which has its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., announced late Tuesday on Twitter that its leadership was joining over 80 chief executives, including Timothy D. Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, in objecting to the new law. Earlier in the day, the chief executives published a letter, addressed to Mr....
  • Here’s how to really make America great again

    03/30/2016 12:59:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jeff Reeves
    What the heck is wrong with us? On Wednesday, Washington, D.C.’s entire Metro subway system shut down with almost no notice to perform emergency inspections, just days after a cable fire “crippled” three lines. The nation’s second-busiest rail system has been plagued by safety problems in recent years, including a 2015 incident where smoke from an electrical malfunction killed one person and a deadly 2009 crash on the system’s Red Line that killed nine people. And with a new Metro chief that has been vocal about returning to a culture that puts safety first, many say that Wednesday’s move is...
  • SunEdison Under SEC Scrutiny As Bankruptcy Looms

    03/29/2016 2:51:35 PM PDT · by bananaman22
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-03-2016 | Solarbust
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into SunEdison to see whether or not the company exaggerated its cash on hand in disclosures last year. The news comes as the solar developer is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The solar company has seen its stock collapse since last year as mounting debt problems have raised concerns about the company’s ability to keep the lights on. SunEdison’s share price is off by 96 percent since last July. That has translated to a decline of the company’s market capitalization from $10 billion last summer to just $400 million today. SunEdison...
  • Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    03/29/2016 8:05:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/24/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new study from the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank with a pragmatic approach to public policy, gives Detroit an A-minus grade for its regulatory structure regarding short-term lodging rentals. The report grades are based on whether a legal framework exists, the level of restrictions, taxation, licensing, and enforcement. Short-term renting is exploding in popularity. People sign up through companies or websites — like Airbnb or HomeAway — to rent out an extra room or a house for a short period. If you live in a city that is going to host the Super Bowl and have extra...
  • Al Jazeera announces 500 job cuts

    03/27/2016 7:09:04 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 8 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 03.27.2016 | Brian Stelter
    About 500 employees will be laid off beginning Monday, the broadcaster said on Sunday. The cutbacks are a result of budget cuts by Al Jazeera's owner, Qatar, tied to the falling price of oil. The Middle Eastern emirate is highly dependent on oil and gas revenues.
  • Federal cash sustains dream of freeway through Ala. woods

    03/23/2016 10:15:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    E & E Publishing ^ | December 23, 2015 | Sean Reilly
    PINSON, Ala. -- At 8 a.m. on a Saturday, the rumble of bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment was already audible in Ardell Turner's modest home in this rural hamlet north of Birmingham. Not far away, they once mined coal. Now state and local leaders are seeking prosperity through one of the nation's largest and priciest road projects. On planners' maps, the Northern Beltline will be a 52-mile, six-lane interstate that will effectively complete a loop around Birmingham, Alabama's largest city. More than a half-century after the Beltline's conception, work on a small segment began last year within a mile of...
  • Bond Guru Says Trump Nomination Could Bring Down World Economy

    03/22/2016 12:51:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 71 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 21, 2016 | Reuters
    Jeffrey Gundlach, the widely followed investor who runs DoubleLine Capital, foresees a “global growth scare” between now and the end of the summer, triggered by a presidential nomination of Donald Trump. “That is where I see the vulnerabilities,” Gundlach said in a telephone interview on Monday. Trump’s protectionist policies could mean negative global growth, Gundlach warned. “As he gets the nomination, the markets and investors are going to worry about it more. You will see a downgrading of global growth based on geopolitical risks. You must factor this into your risk-management.”
  • Election 2016 — Republican Delegate Count - Trump Needs 62% of Remaining Delegates for Majority

    03/21/2016 11:58:45 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 66 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 3/21/2016 | Derived by Jim Newell
    GOP Delegate Count, Map | GOP Popular Vote | Dem Delegate Count, Map | Dem Popular Vote | Latest 2016 Polls 1,237 Needed to Win See http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/republican_delegate_count.html
  • Ted Cruz's Business Flat Tax is a VAT [2nd major problem with Cruz]

    03/19/2016 9:47:10 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 45 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 1/15/16 | Len Burman
    At [the Jan 14, 2016] GOP debate, Senator Marco Rubio accused Ted Cruz of sneaking a value-added tax (VAT) into his tax reform plan. RUBIO: Here is the one thing I’m not going to do. I’m not going to have something that Ted described in his tax plan. It’s called the value-added tax. And it’s a tax you find in many [countries] in Europe. … CRUZ: Well, Marco has been floating this attack for a few weeks now, but the problem is, the business flat tax in my proposal is not a VAT. A VAT is imposed as a sales...
  • The Splintering of the Conservative Media

    03/18/2016 2:45:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 18, 2016 | Steve McCann
    Over the past 28 years there has been a sea change in the media. Not only has the monopoly of the so-called mainstream media been shattered but the phenomenal rise of conservative media has been truly stunning. It began in 1988 with the national syndication of Rush Limbaugh and his distinctive brand of conservative political commentary espoused in an entertaining and captivating way, which opened the flood gates for other conservatives, together with Rush, to dominate the talk radio airwaves. In the 1990’s the internet, through hundreds of websites, gave voice to journalists to report stories either ignored or downplayed...