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Tariffs Versus Currencies - Paul Krugman Musings on Macroeconomic Policy and "The Right" - Brad DeLong Why the US economy can’t shake Great Recession - Daniel Alpert What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C? -...



Warrant issued for DC murder suspect based on DNA found on Pizza Crust...

Warrant issued for DC murder suspect based on DNA found on Pizza Crust...(Second column, 13th story, link)Related stories:RECORDS: Threatened own family...Believed fled to Brooklyn... ...



Bridgewater Says ECB QE Will Not Do The Job

The stimulative impact of quantitative easing in the Eurozone is itself easing, a recent Bridgewater Associates strategy document observes, and European growth is slowing. The reason for the relative ineffectiveness of Europe’s QE is the subject of...



McDonald's could go to $120: Strategist

Matrix Asset Advisors is increasing its stake in McDonald's on the expectation CEO Steve Easterbrook's turnaround plan will...



Negative Views of New Congress Cross Party Lines

The new Republican-led Congress is drawing harsh reviews from the public. Just 23% of Americans say congressional Republicans are keeping the promises they made during last fall’s...



Family Support in Graying Societies

America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age...



Links for 05-21-15

How to better teach econometrics - Vox EU I'm With Stupid - Paul Krugman John Stuart Mill's Birthday: Conformity and Individualism - Tim Taylor Sovereign rating changes: Understanding the asymmetries - Vox EU What's Wrong With...



BEA sees issue with GDP data

The government agency charged with calculating the U.S.'s growth rate is acknowledging problems and pledging a series of...



'Conservatives and Keynes'

This, from Paul Krugman, is sort of a setup for the post below this one: Conservatives and Keynes: ...the debate over business-cycle economics has always been a left-right thing. Specifically, the right has always been deeply hostile to the notion that...



Large Banks Plead Guilty To Felony Crimes, Senator Elizabeth Warren Reacts

In a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, five of the largest mega banks have agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and rigging interest rates. These are serious crimes of a felony nature, however, not a single banking executive will see...

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Quickly Create Facebook Promoted Posts with Hootsuite Ads

Social-relationship platform Hootsuite, a Facebook Marketing Partner, streamlined the process of creating promoted posts with its introduction of Hootsuite Ads. The new tool enables marketers to easily convert posts that are performing strongly on...



The London Taxi War

Apparently the London taxi war continues to heat up, with London's mayor apparently siding with the traditional black cabs against Uber and minicabs.  I hope Uber can stay legal long enough for me to visit later this year.  I have really...



STUDY: 69% of U.S. Adults Skeptical that Social Network Activities Remain Private

Social networks did not inspire confidence in a new study from Pew Research Center, as 69 percent of respondents said they were not confident that records of their activities would remain private and secure. Online video sites did not fare much...



Flash Crash Spoofer Sarao Now A “Flight Risk”

Alleged “flash crash spoofer” Navinder Singh Sarao, accused of being a contributing factor to the May 6, 2010 algorithmic disaster that sent the Dow Jones Industrial average tumbling nearly 1,000 points, is now considered a “flight...



UBS Pays $500M Fine To US Regulators Over LIBOR Scandal

Serial rules breaker UBS announced on Wednesday, May 20th that it has agreed to pay more than $500 million in fines to U.S. financial regulators for its role in the LIBOR scandal involving manipulation of currency markets and benchmark interest...



A Look at the 2.2 Million (and Counting) Followers of @POTUS

The debut of President Barack Obama’s @POTUS Twitter account Monday has already made an impact, and social intelligence company Sysomos analyzed its first couple of days. According to Sysomos, @POTUS attracted some 2.2 million followers...



Apple Inc. iPhone 6, 6 Plus See Strong Penetration In U.S. [STUDY]

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have made a strong base in the United States, claims Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC. By the end of the March quarter, 94 million iPhones were being used in the U.S., including 25 million iPhone 6 and 13...



Early Views of the 2016 Presidential Field

The Republican field for 2016 is much more crowded than the Democratic field. But Republicans are more positive about their candidates now than at comparable points in the past two presidential...



Icahn nets $3.4 billion on Apple

Carl Icahn's big bet on Apple is now one of the greatest trades of all...



White House Threatens to Veto Trade Bill Over Currency Measure

The White House threatened to veto a crucial trade bill if it contains legislation with binding punishments for currency manipulation, the main point of contention between President Obama and congressional critics of his trade...



Housing Starts Rise 20%…Still Well Below Normal

Housing Starts Rise 20%…Still Well Below Normal by Todd Sullivan, ValuePlays There is still significant upside to housing starts…higher rates will help boost housing… “Davidson” submits: The NAHB...



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SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s Chief Of Staff Resigning

SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s top aide is moving on, in yet another high level departure at the financial regulator. Lona Nallengara, an employee at the SEC since early in 2011 and White’s chief of staff, announced on Tuesday that he will...



Housing Starts and Permits Surge Most in Seven Years

In one of the few economic bright spots recently, housing starts surged beating Bloomberg Consensus Estimates. HighlightsThere were hardly any indications before today, but the spring housing surge is here. Today's housing starts & permits...



Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Reports Weak First Quarter Earnings

Wal-Mart is down 2.15% in premarket trading this morning, after the company reported first quarter earnings that were weaker than expected.  Wal-Mart reported net income of $1.03 earnings per share on revenue of $114 billion.  Analysts polled...



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Small Wins Go a Long Way in Improving U.S. Rail Transportation

Big systems changes can seem daunting. Problems such as reinventing education, addressing climate change, improving health outcomes, transforming giant enterprises, or renewing transportation infrastructure – my topic during national...



Family Support in Graying Societies

America is turning gray, with the share of people ages 65 and older expected to rise more than 50% by 2050 – a trend that may burden more families. But Germany and Italy are already there, with a fifth of their population in that age...



UPDATE: APPLE admits tattoos cause problems with watch...

UPDATE: APPLE admits tattoos cause problems with watch...(Third column, 9th story, link) ...



Media Companies Donated to Clinton Foundation

“NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years,” Politico...



Senate Advances Trade Protections Ahead Of Fast-Track Battle

WASHINGTON -- The Senate pushed ahead Thursday with a pair of trade protection measures, paving the way for action on President Barack Obama's massive and controversial free-trade initiatives with Asia and Europe. One measure, which reauthorizes...



Domino's will now let you order pizza through Twitter via emoji

In recent years, Domino's has made a point of using technology in innovative ways, but this latest trick might be its most practical yet: ordering using Twitter Priming the reveal of the news throughout the day with a series of cryptic pizza emojis...



More than 80% of Americans say they couldn't afford college (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ)

FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. College is out of reach for most Americans (Think Advisor)  An Edward James survey found 83% of Americans believe they...



Verizon Buys AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal

AOL, Inc., is being acquired by Verizon Communications in a $4.4 billion cash deal. AOL has recently transformed itself into a digital marketing company with some impressive technology.» E-Mail...



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Bridgewater Says ECB QE Will Not Do The Job

The stimulative impact of quantitative easing in the Eurozone is itself easing, a recent Bridgewater Associates strategy document observes, and European growth is slowing. The reason for the relative ineffectiveness of Europe’s QE is the subject of...



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Roger Bootle: Europe is a complete disaster – Britain must leave

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to economist and author Roger Bootle about Europe's economic disaster zone, and the advantages to Britain in pulling out. The post Roger Bootle: Europe is a complete disaster – Britain must leave was first published...



A Liberator, But Never Free

Above, clockwise from top left: Captain David Wilsey in 1944; his pass to Dachau; and his Bronze Star, earned during World War II.The silence must have frightened Emily Wilsey. In the seven months since her husband had gone to war, Captain David Wilsey,...



Martin Feldstein on how GDP accounting underestimates growth and improvements in economic well-being

In today’s WSJ, Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein has an excellent op-ed (“The U.S. Underestimates Growth“) about a recent topic covered in a series of posts on CD  — how “the...



Jon Stewart Wrong on Education in Baltimore

“If we are spending a trillion dollars to rebuild Afghanistan’s schools, we can’t, you know, put a little taste Baltimore’s way. It’s crazy.” –Jon Stewart, “The Daily Show,” April 28, 2015 The...



Large Global Banks Still Too Big To Fail? Polling Wall Street

If banks are still too big to fail, don’t just blame the regulators. Thomas Hoenig, vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insur­ance Corp., says the fault may lie with the institutions themselves. H/T Barry Ritholtz Large Global Banks...



Buffett: Stocks, buybacks and more

In three hours Monday on "Squawk Box," Warren Buffett shared his insights on a range of market and financial...