| Oct 7, 2014
Diners Club, the original Travel and Entertainment" (T-and-E) card, is re-opening in the United States. That's the biggest news in the always-turbulent credit card world. For some reason, the pioneering card has been dormant in the U.S. for several years,...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:06 PM
Last year didn't turn out to be what analysts thought it would be for stocks in Illinois or nationally, as surprise twists in the economy turned expected losers into winners and global behemoths like Caterpillar into losers.
In general, companies that...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Another dispatch from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist.
Dear Credit- & Debit-Card Industry:
Rare is the week that goes by that we don't see TV reporters doing their late-news live standups in front of...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Sure, your credit and debit card information is safe and secure.
Just like the White House.
So commonplace have revelations of data hacks, security breaches and compromised confidentiality become that it's not worth waiting for formal notification...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 5:55 AM
On Tuesday I got a message from the good people at the fraud alert center at JPMorgan Chase: They'll be sending me a new Chase credit card because "a security breach at The Home Depot" may have put my old one at risk.
What gets me about this is that it'...
| Jul 27, 2009
Students of the fine art of pointing fingers know that the key thing is to not make yourself look like an idiot in the process.
By that standard, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System just flunked.
In a lawsuit filed this month in...
| Oct 19, 2010
Maryland and most other states outlaw "pay for performance" for political lobbyists for a very good reason.
Experience has shown, going back to an 1853 case involving a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad lobbyist and the Virginia Legislature, that rewarding...
| Aug 14, 2010
| 9:10 AM
At the risk of sending you straight for the comics: This is a story about numbers.
But before sprinting to Mallard Fillmore and Doonesbury, know that these numbers reveal plenty about individual college head coaches and their commitment to education.
| Feb 27, 2010
If you've heard about the turmoil in overseas markets -- the demonstrations in Greece, the Federal Reserve Board's investigation of Wall Street's role in hiding the debt crisis there and talk of a possible default -- then I'm guessing you're a tad worried...
| Apr 28, 2011
You've no doubt been hearing the harrowing warnings about what might happen if Congress refuses to lift the federal government's debt ceiling, as some conservative Republicans have threatened.
If the federal government gets anywhere near defaulting on...
| Oct 12, 2011
How do you know when a protest movement is starting to scare the pants off the establishment?
One clue is when the protesters are casually dismissed as hippies or rabble, or their principles redefined as class envy or as (that all-purpose insult) "un-...