| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust -- not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics -- doomed civilizations of the past, from...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Let's acknowledge at the top that Abby Huntsman, one of the four anchors of MSNBC's youth-oriented news show "The Cycle," has taken on an ambitious task for herself: She's been trying to discuss U.S. fiscal policy, which is chock full of complicated...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:44 PM
Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his enthusiasm for increased equality with lucidity about the government's role in exacerbating inequality.
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Guess we’re finally going to reap that “peace dividend,” courtesy of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who Monday proposed reducing the Army to its lowest troop level since before World War II. It’s all part of the Defense Department&...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Amazingly, there are still some holdouts in the political and economic community who insist that the Obama stimulus failed--that is, failed to arrest a steep fall in economic output and launch a period of growth in gross domestic product, jobs, stock...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Washington Post economics columnist Robert Samuelson was wringing his hands this weekend over America's "dysfunctional" politics, and the country's consequent failure to deal with several trends that, if not halted, are destined to impoverish us all.
| May 20, 2014
| 6:30 AM
With the glitzy TV-network "upfront" presentations in the rear-view mirror, advertisers and TV executives are about to head to the negotiating table. Rino Scanzoni's actions will be under scrutiny by all sides.
As chief investment officer for the massive...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Adding to the rosier economic outlook for next year, revised government data show the economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in nearly two years as American consumers spent billions of dollars more than originally...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Fifteen of 22 U.S. industries contributed to the nation's economic growth in the fourth quarter, with retail, finance and agriculture among the sectors being a drag on the gross domestic product as the year ended, according to an inaugural Commerce...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 7:51 PM
The U.S. economy is improving, yet Congress seems still to be in the grip of the delirium that shrinking the deficit in the near term is still a matter of paramount urgency.
That's what's prevented lawmakers from dealing with their real task, which is...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 4:31 PM
There was some good news and bad news, for both Orange County and the nation, presented Wednesday morning during the midyear update of Chapman University's annual Economic Forecast.
One tidbit of local good fortune? Construction jobs, fueled by a strong...