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Borders Will Liquidate Remaining 399 Stores

How did Borders go from being the nation’s second-biggest brick-and-mortar book chain to a bitter memory? Apparently the book, music and coffee peddler, which we can only assume bankrupted plenty of mom-and-pop stores in its day, charged ahead blindly when customers went looking for better deals online. And now 11,000 people are out of a job. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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EU Rejects Aggressive Cut in Carbon Emissions

On Tuesday, conservative British representatives led the European Parliament to reject a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 in a preliminary vote stirred by claims that such a sharp decrease taken out of step with other nations would drive businesses out of EU countries. (more)

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap

As the deficit has exploded, incriminating facts have leaked out showing that many corporations pay more to their executives than they pay in taxes (and many firms pay no corporate income tax at all).

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Tax-Dodging Amazon Drops California Partners

Amazon.com abruptly ended its Associates Program for California residents Wednesday, cutting off roughly 10,000 individuals and small businesses, including this one, from a vital source of income with less than a day’s notice. Like a handful of states, California is trying to force Amazon to collect sales tax. (more)

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Democrats and Business









Posted on Jun 26, 2011 ENLARGE


The Policy Bracket









Posted on Mar 19, 2011 ENLARGE



Daniel Erwin (CC-BY)

Europe Cares About Privacy, Even If Europeans Don’t

In the age of oversharing, we take it for granted that our every status is up to date and hanging out for all to see. Privacy, we are told, is dead. But over in Europe, they have crazy new laws that actually restrict how businesses stalk us online. Communists.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Judging Obama’s Relaunch

Is President Obama a friend of business or a critic of business? The answer: Yes.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Gets ‘Neighborly’ With Chamber of Commerce

The president continued to cuddle up to corporate America with a visit to the Chamber of Commerce. Ezra Klein breaks down Obama’s pro-business history and digests the speech’s significance (or lack thereof) here.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Apple’s Personality in Chief Takes Medical Leave

No other company is as dependent on one man as Apple is on Steve Jobs. That’s the perception anyway, so when the Apple CEO announced he is taking another medical leave, the murmurs about the fate of the world’s second-most-valuable company began immediately. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE


Good Business, for CEOs and Commoners Alike

Our government already favors certain industries—finance and defense, among them. President Obama should identify the parts of the private sector that share an interest in reducing the dreadful inequalities that have metastasized over nearly four decades.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Makes Nice with Business Bigwigs

Bill Clinton and now big business—all in a week’s work for President Obama in his ambitious push to improve relations with parties with whom he’d at least appeared to be at odds since he took office.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Chamber Fills Its Pot o’ Gold

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a bastion of pro-business, anti-environment and anti-labor ideology since its founding in 1912. And so it is unsurprising that modern-day corporations have donated millions upon millions to the Chamber to fight such perilous things as, say, security requirements on chemical facilities.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


Economic Mood Swing









Posted on Oct 1, 2010 ENLARGE



AP / Oded Balilty

The China Superpower Hoax

How is a country with a lower per capita income than Kazakhstan, one of the worst environmental records of any major nation and a dictatorship, besides, hailed by so many as the next global superpower?

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


Rotten Eggs and Our Broken Democracy

The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Germany’s Good Fortune Tips the Scales Against Its Neighbors

The excellent second quarter export and growth results reported by Germany have set that country at an increasing, and increasingly dangerous, distance from the other members of the European Union.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason DeCrow

Journalism’s Big Investigations Sliding Into a Big Pit

Massive projects like The Washington Post’s “Top Secret America” are on the endangered-species list as the large metropolitan dailies go into decline, and that’s bad for the nation.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Cody Duty

Immigration Reform Is Good for Big Business

Among the most powerful interests backing immigration reform are the conservative, capitalistic U.S. Chamber of Commerce, fast-food restaurant chains and big agribusiness firms.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Socialist Who Coddles Business?

The titans of the private sector say President Obama is anti-business. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

There’s Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons

The flight from reason that now marks American public discourse came home for me last Friday when I found myself on public radio debating whether Barack Obama is anti-business.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Muddle Oozing From the Gulf

So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S. Slaps Toyota With Record Fine

U.S. auto regulators have decided to fine Toyota a maximum $16.375 million, having determined that the car company waited “at least four months” to recall its troubled vehicles. Toyota can contest the fine, which, although a record, amounts to a tiny fraction of the total financial impact of recalling some 8 million vehicles worldwide. (continued)

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


The Tax War Goes Online

Amazon has sent a message to states buckling under budget deficits: If you make us play by the same tax rules as other businesses, we’ll punish you.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Do as I Say, Not as I Pay

Despite the fact that Washington has forcefully discouraged investment in Iran for the past decade, the federal government has given more than $107 billion in contract payments to companies that dealt with Iran or are doing business there.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 READ MORE



Digital Racketeering? ... Lawsuit Accuses Yelp of Extortion

A class-action lawsuit claims online business review repository Yelp charges businesses a kind of protection fee to make bad reviews disappear. Yelp vehemently denies this, although the allegations line up with an earlier report of bad behavior.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Toyota Moving Forward With Recall, Sales Freeze, Factory Timeout

The world’s biggest automaker is in even bigger trouble. Following an earlier recall of 4.2 million vehicles and a second recall of 2.3 million, Toyota is suspending sales of eight models and halting production at five plants in North America. (continued)

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Newsday’s Paid Content Project Hits Major Glitch

In the future, news junkies may be willing to pay a subscription fee to get their fix, but judging by what’s happening over at Long Island’s Newsday newspaper, that time has not come. According to The New York Observer, after three months, only 35 people had signed up to have full access to newsday.com for $260 a year.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Blizzard-Free Edition

Curl up with some eggnog and click on to find out why Americans can’t make things (hint: business school), why Michelangelo wasn’t such a loner, after all, and more.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Merkel Claims Victory in Germany

German election exit polls are showing that reigning Chancellor Angela Merkel is headed for a second term, with her conservative bloc collecting more than a third of the national vote.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Business Goes to School

Business leaders are eager to meddle in education but rarely take responsibility for the root of education’s problem—economic despair and mind-numbing mass media.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Business Ethics? What a Concept

In what can only be the beginning of social revolution, 20 percent of Harvard’s MBAs have signed an ethics pledge, vowing not to advance their “own narrow ambitions” at the expense of others. But the question remains, where exactly is the other 80 percent of the class?

Posted on May 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Allen Barra on Cornelius Vanderbilt

A new and outrageously entertaining biography of America’s first tycoon by T.J. Stiles, one of our best younger historians, sheds new light on the monumental life of what Stiles rightly calls “an instinctive predator” and his mixed and enduring legacy.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE



Jonathan Shapiro on ‘The Tyranny of Dead Ideas’

Matt Miller, a host of KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” has written a book full of necessary honesty and courage—a welcome effort to rid us of the nostrums and shopworn notions that cloud our thinking and constrain our politics.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Pro-Union Bill in Trouble

Sen. Arlen Specter gave the proposed Employee Free Choice Act the shaft Tuesday, severely wounding legislation that would make forming unions significantly easier. Labor leaders were depending on support from moderates such as Specter, but, facing a primary challenge, the Pennsylvania Republican chickened out.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


If You’re a ‘Little Guy,’ a Contract Means Nothing

If only the contracts entered into by shop-floor workers at auto plants were as inviolate as those secured by the incompetent pirates of the American International Group.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009 READ MORE


Toxins ’R’ Us

The American Chemistry Council assures us that “we make the products that help keep you safe and healthy.” But U.S. consumers are actually exposed to a vast array of harmful chemicals and additives embedded in toys, cosmetics, plastic water bottles and countless other products.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


America Faces the Music in Davos

The American participants in this year’s World Economic Forum have been the first to confront the full international blowback to the U.S.-created world economic crisis, which has devastated the nation’s reputation for competence, along with the justification for its six-decade role as world leader.

Posted on Feb 1, 2009 READ MORE



Mark Fischer on Copyright in the Digital Age

A new book by Lawrence Lessig asks what constitutes copyright infringement in the era of “sampling” and point-and-click downloading.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 READ MORE


Stimulus Brings on a Family Feud

President Obama’s visit with House and Senate Republicans this week was useful for setting a new tone and a refreshing break from the Bush administration’s habit of consulting almost no one. But it was a sideshow to the main battle over how to improve the economy, which is among Democrats.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Bankers Took Home Billions While Wall Street Burned

If you’re in a good mood, you may just want to skip this bit of news from The New York Times: “Despite crippling losses, multibillion-dollar bailouts and the passing of some of the most prominent names in the business, employees at financial companies in New York ... collected an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses for the year.” Update

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Geithner Urges ‘Fundamental Reform’ in Bailout

It’s the first full day of Obama’s administration and things are looking a bit different in D.C. Treasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner called for “fundamental reform” of the $700 billion bailout, claiming the existing bailout package favored big business over struggling families.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE



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Geithner’s Record of Failure

Forget that business with the maid whose work papers expired. The real scandal with Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s choice to head the Treasury Department, is his history of lax regulation—at least where his friends at Citigroup were concerned. ProPublica did some digging and found that Geithner’s New York Fed “eased the reins as the company blew billions. ...”

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


Beware, Mr. Obama, of Tax-Cut Seduction

Much of the business-tax package Obama contemplates fails his own test of cutting business taxes “where it makes sense and is going to work.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2009 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart’s $640 Million Sneeze

Wal-Mart will pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 lawsuits around the country alleging that the retailer had exploited its workers. The payout could add up to less than 0.1 percent of the company’s revenues this year.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE



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SAG Strikes Out

The Hollywood-centric “Membership First” faction that has controlled the Screen Actors Guild’s national board for most of the last five years chooses tactics—misinformation, tough talk and over-promising—that undermine the union’s credibility.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


It’s a Man’s Meltdown

Today’s brainteaser: Name the top female executives who were forced to go before Congress, explaining why their companies made multibillion-dollar mistakes that helped wreck the economy but nonetheless deserve billions in taxpayer bailouts.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008 READ MORE


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