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Obamacare Versus The Wusses - Paul Krugman Not a summary of economics - Noahpinion Misunderstanding macroeconomic models - mainly macro Is Subprime Mortgage Credit Back? - House of Debt My Head Talks Piketty With Bill Moyers - Paul Krugman Creeping...



Links for 4-19-14

On the Liberal Bias of Facts - Paul Krugman Capitalism and the Dalai Lama - NYTimes.com I Saw a Monetarist Drinking a Pina Colada... - Brad DeLong Punish wage theft as severely as robbery - Catherine Rampell Don't Know Much About History, Rand...



More Money, More Life: The Depressing Truth About Inequality in America

Brookings economist Barry Bosworth crunches the data on income and lifespans for the Wall Street Journal, and the numbers tell three clear stories.  1. Rich people live longer. 2. Richer people's lifespans are growing at a faster rate. 3. The...



Obama Is Wrong. Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.

The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange...



Why the Financial Services Industry Is Showing More Women in Its Ads

Financial services firms want to reach more women; so I conclude from data presented by Pamela Grossman of Getty Images at SXSW this year. According to data collected by Getty, financial firms are buying 20% more stock photos of women today than they...

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Joe Scarborough And Paul Krugman Are Fighting Over Census Bureau Changes

Joe Scarborough and Paul Krugman are fighting again. The two men have long been going after each other in blog posts arguing about the national debt crisis. Last March, they sat down together with Charlie Rose to face off in a one-on-one debate....



Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...

Putin Asserts Right to Use Force...(First column, 3rd story, link)Related stories:Three dead after Ukraine military base attacked...Russia announces deal to 'de-escalate tensions'...Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine... ...



Federal Reserve Board announces consent order of prohibition



Americans Wildly Overestimate the Impact of Routine Mammographies

Aaron Carroll passes along the following stunning chart about the actual efficacy of routine breast cancer screening on 50-year-old women: Obviously, there are circumstances where routine screening is a good idea—perhaps if you have a...



Why Has Hedge Fund AUM Hit New Record Highs?

I have been fairly fascinated by hedge funds for quite some time. I began studying them earlier last decade. It has been an intriguing field for investigation for a number of reasons: 1) Alpha Generators: In the early days of hedge funds, they created a...



Time Warner and Comcast push hassle-free, automatic Wi-Fi 2.0 hotspots

Time Warner Cable and Comcast want their Wi-Fi hotspots to be as easy to access as any mobile network.At the end of last month, Time Warner quietly switched on its Hotspot 2.0 service, GigaOm reports. The service lets subscribers automatically connect...



'Antitrust in the New Gilded Age'

Robert Reich: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, by Robert Reich: We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations...



Links for 4-17-14

Piketty Day Notes - Paul Krugman Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Martin Wolf Rogoff talks financial crisis - Yale Daily News VC for the people - interfluidity Demand for Sand - Tim Taylor The dark side of wage growth - Chris Dillow A comment on...



Netflix, Inc. (NLFX) Will Arrive In Germany In September

Netflix investors may begin to worry about the cost of establishing new operations throughout EuropeNetflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) may be ready to open its service to 80 million extra customers. According to reports emerging on Wednesday afternoon, the media...



3D Systems Corporation (DDD) Gets $63 Price Target After Robtec Buy

3D Systems is buying in order to build an integrated distribution model as the 3D printing market heads toward heavier competition3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) saw its stock jump by more than 2% on today’s market after the company announced...



Yellen, Monetary Policy and the Economic Recovery



LBJ Was Great. LBJ Was Horrible. Deal With It.

David Greenberg and Michael Kazin are arguing about whether LBJ was a great president. Here is Greenberg's wrap-up: Maybe our differences really come down to this: For Michael, the enormity of the Vietnam debacle is so great that LBJ must...



Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Coming Down To Earth

Tesla shares have not been performing well over the past month or so, which has once again raised questions on the company’s futureTesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock is down around 17% in the past month indicating that the super car is no longer...



U.S. Policies Favor The Wealthy, Interest Groups, Study Shows

U.S. government policies reflect the desires of the wealthy and interest groups more than the average citizen, according to researchers at Princeton University and Northwestern University. "[W]e believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful...



Wednesday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production, Yellen Speech, Beige Book

A reminder of a friendly bet I made with NDD on housing starts in 2014: If starts or sales are up at least 20% YoY in any month in 2014, [NDD] will make a $100 donation to the charity of Bill's choice, which he has designated as the Memorial Fund in...



PIMCO Joins Chorus Against Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Wind-Down Plan

Newly-appointed PIMCO CEO describes the legislation proposed by Johnson-Crapo as a ‘significant oversight’PIMCO’s new CEO Douglas Hodge points out that the Johnson-Crapo bill lacks protection for investors who play a critical role in...



NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...

NYPD disbanding Muslim spying unit...(Second column, 2nd story, link)Related stories:CNN: LARGE AL QAEDA GATHERING REVEALED IN VIDEO... ...



Links for 4-16-14

Supply, Demand, and Unemployment Benefits - Paul Krugman Rebuttal for Rajan: Bernanke Defends U.S. Policy - WSJ How Working Women Help the Economy - NYTimes.com Tech Leaps, Job Losses and Rising Inequality - NYTimes.com Defending Kickbacks - Baseline...



Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...

Japan population drops third year straight; 25% elderly...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:Iran considers ban on vasectomies to boost birthrate... ...



Fox News Is About to Get a New Pet Rock

Oh man, a whole new set of conspiracy theories is about to take flight: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to...



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Breaking Down The Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Lawsuits

With more than 19 overlapping cases, most in early stages, litigation is just getting startedWhile most of the recent focus on Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me (OTCBB:FNMA) and Freddie Mac / Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp...



Jeremy C. Stein submits resignation as a member of the Board of Governors, effective May 28, 2014

Jeremy C. Stein submits resignation as a member of the Board of Governors, effective May 28,...



Private Payrolls Now Above Pre-Recession Peak

Total nonfarm private payroll employment climbed to 116,067, the BLS said this morning. The means private employment is now above the pre-recession peak, Calculated Risk's Bill McBride notes. Overall employment is now just 0.3% below the...



Bad Timing: HealthCare.gov Goes Down on Day Before Deadline

HealthCare.gov was down for approximately five hours on the last day to enroll to Obama's health care reform plan The site's online application was unavailable from about 3 a.m to 8 a.m. ET, according to CNBC. The site is now back up and...



IRS says Bitcoin is property not currency in US tax system

The IRS' first substantive ruling says US government will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes, applying rules it uses to govern stocks and barter...



Yahoo Japan slumps to near four-month low after eAccess buy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Yahoo Japan Corp slumped 10.2 percent to a near four-month low on Friday after it said it will buy mobile network operator eAccess from Japanese wireless carrier Softbank... ...



Fed’s Stein, Board Hawk, to Step Down May 28

A top Federal Reserve official who has expressed concerns about the possibility that the central bank’s policies could spark financial instability said Thursday he is resigning from his post on May 28. Fed governor Jeremy Stein Bloomberg...



King Digital vs. Facebook Inc vs. Twitter Inc: Tale Of 3 IPOs

Wall Street's not too fond of tech stocks today, including King Digital Entertainment PLC (KING), Facebook Inc (FB) and Twitter Inc (TWTR)Today, King Digital Entertainment PLC (NYSE:KING), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) all...



Bank of America to pay nearly $800 million for deceptive credit card practices

Bank of America agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $800 million in penalties for deceiving millions of customers into buying costly and unneeded services when they signed up for credit cards. Americans gravitated to credit protection products that...



Nomura: Ukrainian Political Uncertainty

FT Alphaville has this awesome flowchart of Nomura’s analysis of Ukrainian political uncertainty, brilliantly titled Bank flowchart + geopolitics = acid trip.   click for ginormous...



Links 4/5/14

These Dogs Are Totally Amused By FedEx Guy Chasing After His Runaway Truck Consumerist China’s tiger parks under fire from conservationists, animal cruelty experts McClatchy (furzy mouse) Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for...



Report: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug for 2 Years and Said Nothing

The NSA knew about the Internet security bug Heartbleed and regularly used it to gather intelligence for at least two years, anonymous sources told Bloomberg. If true, the NSA could have collected information like passwords and private communications...