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Obama lauds GDP growth: Numbers that mean nothing

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2014 – The Obama Administration is pleased to report the continued growth of GDP. Their policies are working; the economy is fine. We have the number to prove it. It is time for politicians and journalists to recognize something that has become very clear to many economists: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is

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Ferguson: Beyond the protests and politics

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., August 25, 2014 — The shooting death of anyone is a tragedy, but the shooting death of a black individual by a white police officer is a temptation for the media and a selfish opportunity for others. If you had any doubt, you need only look to the shooting of Michael Brown in

Ferguson protest, day 4

Where is the outrage from ‘good cops’ behind Ferguson’s blue wall

SANTA CRUZ, August 18, 2014 — Just over a week has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. There have been protests, mostly peaceful, but also chaos, looting, and a general sense of social decay. Brown’s autopsy revealed he was shot six times. No charges have

Different sides to the protests in Ferguson

Ferguson raises some deeper issues

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014 — There are two distinct narratives emerging from the events in Ferguson, Missouri. The first, which surfaced within hours of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police, posits that “the gentle giant” was shot six times by a police officer when he had his hands up and was either leaving the scene or attempting

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Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

Trivago Guy announces contest.

Trivago Guy Finale: Be Trivago Guy’s wardrobe consultant

WASHINGTON, August 23, 2014 – Now that we’ve explored the Trivago Man/Trivago Guy phenomenon and taken a look into the business behind the pitchman—and the pitchman himself—let’s get up to date. And up to date involves an arguably hilarious new direction for this advertising phenomenon. As you’ll recall, the bulk of the flap surrounding the

Writer at The Expendables movie

Expendables 3 Alpha Male Friday

MINNEAPOLIS, August 15, 2014 — This column was originally written on September 14th, 2010, a great day in American history. On that day, “The Expendables” arrived. The column was updated on August 17, 2012 to reflect the arrival of the sequel. In a world where men have been feminized to the point of extinction, today

Scene from CATF production of Thomas Gibbons' "Uncanny Valley."

CATF’s uncanny hit, ‘Uncanny Valley,’ heading to New York

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., August 19, 2014 – The stats are out for the recently concluded 2014 edition of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF). Having completed its 24th season on August 3, the company logged its best season attendance ever as it concluded 102 performances of five plays, with performances aided and abetted

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Warren Buffett and Barack Obama.

‘Tax the rich’ Buffett funding Burger King inversion deal

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – There are days when the Market Maven wishes he was a much better satirist than he is. Today is one of those days. After yesterday’s news about Burger King’s (BKW’s) blockbuster deal to merge with Canada’s doughnut king Tim Hortons (THI), we learned the rest of the story this morning.

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How Rahm Emanuel profits from brother Ari’s Uber payday

CHICAGO, August 25, 2014 — WME CEO Ari Emanuel stands to make a billion dollars or more from his Hollywood agency’s investment in Uber, experts say. With his brother, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s direct involvement in passing Uber-friendly ride-share legislation in Chicago and the resulting impact on the company’s valuation, the mega dollar amount deserves serious scrutiny

Tim Hortons and Burger King

Burger King [BKW] to munch on donut king Tim Hortons [THI]?

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2014 –  We expect reports to be light during this pre-Labor Day trading week. Those whose kids are still not back in school are getting in their last holiday fling and trading will be light unless ISIS destroys Chicago, which they’re threatening to do. Nevertheless, M&A is, like June, still popping up

Warren Buffett and Barack Obama.

‘Tax the rich’ Buffett funding Burger King inversion deal

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – There are days when the Market Maven wishes he was a much better satirist than he is. Today is one of those days. After yesterday’s news about Burger King’s (BKW’s) blockbuster deal to merge with Canada’s doughnut king Tim Hortons (THI), we learned the rest of the story this morning.

Warren Buffett and Barack Obama.

‘Tax the rich’ Buffett funding Burger King inversion deal

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – There are days when the Market Maven wishes he was a much better satirist than he is. Today is one of those days. After yesterday’s news about Burger King’s (BKW’s) blockbuster deal to merge with Canada’s doughnut king Tim Hortons (THI), we learned the rest of the story this morning.

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Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green). / Credit: NIAID

Ebola fears, Ebola facts: No epidemic in America

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 – A Harvard School of Public Health poll taken between August 13 and 17 finds that 39 percent of Americans are concerned that there will be a major outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the U.S. within a year. Twenty-six percent fear that a member of their immediate family could get

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