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Business and foreign policy: The value of paying attention to the world

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2014 — Some time ago, the owner of a modest-sized manufacturing company in Titusville, PA had to lay off most of his workers. Apparently, the chain of events leading to this layoff started when a Cuban official called to place a rather large order that the small business owner gleefully accepted. A handful of

Apple CEO Tim Cook and red-delicious flavored Apple logo.

Apple [AAPL] stock on pre-iPhone tear, Yellen on deck

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 – Tricky but positive action rules trading this morning, with the Dow back above the somehow-magical 17,000 mark and the S&P 500 flirting with and occasionally exceeding another record. If this is a “bubble,” as the trading punditocracy has been calling it, somebody’s sure making the big bucks on the latest

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NBC let David Gregory go, no explanation needed

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 — Firing personnel is the hardest action any supervisor must take. The act of firing personnel in private industry is very different than it is in government. In government, the merit system protects employees from being fired unless the justification for doing so is extremely persuasive. The documentation of how an employee

Today: "Waiting for the Fed."

Flat stocks await Fed minutes; VRP ETF a rational response?

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 – It’s back to one of our favorite 2013 market motifs today: “Waiting for Godot,” with apologies to the ghost of Sam Beckett. Just when you think you’ve got a 30 ft. bull wave to coast, it’s always something. In this case, the market seems to be awaiting release of the

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Lesnar destroys Cena at SummerSlam: What’s next for the WWE and the network (Video)

HOUSTON, August 18, 2014 —Last night Brock Lesnar defeated 15 time world champion John Cena, to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, in what one could only describe as a squash-match. Just like Wrestlemania 30, the booking of SummerSlam spoke volumes to where the WWE is heading. Twenty-seven years ago, SummerSlam ’88 debuted on PPV

Screen shot of "The Orchestra" promo video.

‘The Orchestra’ 
app hits a high note as an astounding value

CHICAGO, August 18, 2014 – Apple recently treated the world to a stylized glimpse into the world of composer and conductor Esa Pekka Salonen, opening a window onto a musical world that most westerners are very unfamiliar with. On the heels of this smart and engaging campaign comes the “The Orchestra” app for the iPad

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Say what? Tips for talking to non-native speakers of English on deadline

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2014 – Do you have coworkers who speak English as a second language? Obviously, you can’t and don’t need to learn a new language every time a coworker who speaks a different first language is hired. But knowing a few words from a coworker’s language can be helpful when you’re listening to

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