| Mar 20, 2015
| 3:16 PM
The term "regulatory capture" refers to what happens when regulators swim so close to the companies they regulate that they get snared in those companies' gravitational fields. What results is tolerant, indulgent regulation, or none at all. For a good...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 9:17 AM
The leaked documents, with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and James Franco cast as clowns, may at times make it all seem like a comedy.
To those whose private correspondence and personal information have been exposed, it may feel like a tragedy.
| Jan 27, 2015
| 10:30 AM
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed.
The Street's excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential...
| 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...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 9:00 PM
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film "The Interview," we have decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release.
— Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dec. 17
We have just witnessed the...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Laurie Chisum works as a manager for a small office-equipment company in Orange County. She puts in about 30 hours a week on the job and spends much of her time at home caring for her mother, who is afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...