| Mar 2, 2015
| 5:41 PM
Costco's deal to replace American Express with Visa as its exclusive credit-card company highlights an economic principle that should surprise no one.
Consumers benefit when a business uses its market power to negotiate lower prices and passes along the...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Seriously, about testing ...
There was good news about standardized testing in Thursday's Sentinel, "Governor agrees to cut testing," but it is only an easy first step. Eliminating duplicate tests is a common-sense move. Now, the governor, education...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 7:20 PM
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — One Friday last month, Shanna Tippen left the house where she sometimes gets by with candles and flashlights, got into her beat-up 2003 Chrysler Sebring and drove to work to pick up her first new-and-improved paycheck. The...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:11 PM
The number of people signing up for health insurance surged as the deadline approached on the second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
More than 11.4 million consumers nationwide got insurance through either the federal marketplace...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 3:41 PM
If there's one thing I enjoy about the wildly popular television series "The Walking Dead," it's that it promises an apocalyptic version of America, replete with brain-starved zombies and gangs of renegade humans, and then it really delivers.
| Feb 27, 2015
| 8:35 AM
Congressional Republicans Friday named economist Keith Hall to serve as Capitol Hill's budget referee as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Hall has served most recently as the chief economist of the U.S. International Trade...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 5:20 AM
The way stories get told about politics, Washington doings and government issues generally these days is too often backwards, twisted, confused, confusing, and half-baked even if delivered with pizzazz.
Those at fault include many of the story tellers,...
| Feb 24, 2015
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2015. There are 310 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 24, 1975, the Congressional Budget Office, charged with providing independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues,...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 3:29 PM
The latest greatest bargain at Wal-Mart isn't on anything it sells.
It's the $1 billion price tag for the retail powerhouse's effort to improve the pay and training of its hourly workers.
The edge of greater efficiency and improved customer service...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 4:14 PM
I love the concrete bunnies.
It's about time we who live in Newport Beach learn to laugh at ourselves. Too much noise about dock taxes, developers and fire rings. Not enough noise about the foibles that make us human. Let's leave the bunnies for the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 5:25 PM
Congressional Republicans renewed their assault Thursday on the Affordable Care Act, as the House passed legislation to redefine the law's definition of full-time work, a key detail that would affect how employers must provide health benefits to workers....