Politics

Outsourcing is not a dirty word

Outsourcing is good for the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 — Many prominent economists, like Paul Craig Roberts, blame outsourcing for a number of economic problems, including declining wages, high rates of unemployment, a shrinking middle class and a stagnant economy. This has been an issue for many years. But is outsourcing bad for the economy? President Barack Obama criticized Mitt Romney’s position in venture-capital

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Obama’s pretend ISIS strategy is more Islamic than American

CHARLOTTE, NC, September 16, 2014 – Watching Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testify before congress was a grim demonstration of the political manipulation of the Obama administration. Barack Obama has a triple problem in dealing with the Islamic State. First, the president has no stomach for conflict. The idea of being forced to wage a

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu / Photo: Mary Landrieu, used under Flickr Creative Commons license

Election 2014: Democrat Landrieu at risk in Louisiana Senate race

BATON ROUGE, La., September 6, 2014 — This year’s midterm elections are the best chance Republicans will have to take the Senate until 2018. Of 36 Senate seats being contested this year, 21 are held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans. If Republicans can pick up six seats, they will have a majority in the Senate.

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Neon Trees, courtesy of the artists.

Music review: Neon Trees at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 − During Neon Trees’ recent appearance at DC’s 9:30 Club, it was unclear exactly how many people in the audience had ever been in a music video before. And it’s not certain that even these individuals were quite prepared for the fact they were to be employed as props for live

Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

CD Review: Tigran Mansurian, ‘Quasi Parlando’



CHICAGO, September 16, 2014 – In September and October, we will present a series of articles relating to recent releases and catalogue highlights from ECM Records of Germany. ECM’s “New” series, produced by the enigmatic Manfred Eicher, may well be the most exciting and accessible new music label in existence. It is certainly a wonderful

The main gate at the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz II .

Book Review: Lucy Beckett’s moving novel, ‘The Leaves Are Falling’

CHICAGO, August 28, 2014 − Lucy Beckett may be a retired English literature professor, but she definitely doesn’t write like one. Fresh off of her success with “Postcard from a Volcano,” Beckett has crafted another work of engaging historical fiction sure to capture the admiration of fans of the genre. What is contained within her

Neon Trees, courtesy of the artists.

Music review: Neon Trees at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 − During Neon Trees’ recent appearance at DC’s 9:30 Club, it was unclear exactly how many people in the audience had ever been in a music video before. And it’s not certain that even these individuals were quite prepared for the fact they were to be employed as props for live

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

Cover art for "Fatal Song" program.

In Series’ ‘Fatal Song’ notable for its talented cast

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2014 – The In Series’ online description of its latest production, Kathleen Cahill’s good natured tragic opera pastiche, “Fatal Song: ” is excerpted from a Salt Lake Tribune review of the piece last autumn when it was performed by the temporarily renovation-exiled Utah Opera: “A bunch of opera heroines start to notice

Business

Outsourcing is not a dirty word

Outsourcing is good for the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 — Many prominent economists, like Paul Craig Roberts, blame outsourcing for a number of economic problems, including declining wages, high rates of unemployment, a shrinking middle class and a stagnant economy. This has been an issue for many years. But is outsourcing bad for the economy? President Barack Obama criticized Mitt Romney’s position in venture-capital

Bear Grylls in quicksand.

Alibaba [BABA] creates more IPO shares. Facebook redux?

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2014 – Alibaba’s [BABA’s] incoming IPO really seems to have a head of steam going into its scheduled Thursday evening (September 18) pricing and Friday morning opening trading which will likely start quite late. But the Maven still doesn’t think you and I are going to get any of these shares, whatever

Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.

BREAKING: Fed QE ends in October, Alibaba [BABA] on deck

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – It’s official. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is ending its QE bond-buying program in October as promised. But the eagerly hoped-for words “a considerable time,” remained in its statement today, assuring investors that interest rates would be going up, but not very soon. The market has been in turmoil over

Outsourcing is not a dirty word

Outsourcing is good for the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 — Many prominent economists, like Paul Craig Roberts, blame outsourcing for a number of economic problems, including declining wages, high rates of unemployment, a shrinking middle class and a stagnant economy. This has been an issue for many years. But is outsourcing bad for the economy? President Barack Obama criticized Mitt Romney’s position in venture-capital

Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.

BREAKING: Fed QE ends in October, Alibaba [BABA] on deck

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 – It’s official. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is ending its QE bond-buying program in October as promised. But the eagerly hoped-for words “a considerable time,” remained in its statement today, assuring investors that interest rates would be going up, but not very soon. The market has been in turmoil over

Commentary

Outsourcing is not a dirty word

Outsourcing is good for the U.S. economy

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 — Many prominent economists, like Paul Craig Roberts, blame outsourcing for a number of economic problems, including declining wages, high rates of unemployment, a shrinking middle class and a stagnant economy. This has been an issue for many years. But is outsourcing bad for the economy? President Barack Obama criticized Mitt Romney’s position in venture-capital

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Travel

Castle of Chillon

The Swiss Golden Pass features castles, vineyards and hot air balloons

SWITZERLAND, September 13, 2014 — Switzerland’s Golden Pass connects three rail journeys into a single trip that combines diverse scenery linking the German region of the country with the French. The first section travels from Lucerne to Interlaken over a rack railroad that glides through forested mountains beside glacial lakes. The middle portion of the Golden

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