Business and Economy

3:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall. Chinese censors cut a scene from the movie that they thought made China look weak. Because China is such a huge market, some U.S. moviemakers may choose to avoid portraying China in negative terms.
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Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:58 pm

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3:58 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's Arctic Drilling

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:00 am

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Goats and Soda
2:53 am
Mon May 18, 2015

It's Not A Come-On From A Satanic Cult. It's A Kind Of Poll!

Among the topics: Would it be better to put the natural gas money in a rainy day fund or spend it now? If you do spend it, what's the most urgent need? Roads? Schools? Clinics?
Courtesy of the Center for Global Development

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:30 pm

You get a visit by someone you've never met. You're invited on an all-expense paid trip to your country's biggest city for a two-day meeting on natural gas policy.

Oh, and if you show up you get a free cellphone!

It might sound sketchy. But it's actually an innovative strategy that could help the African nation of Tanzania decide how to spend its expected windfall from new discoveries of natural gas.

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4:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:56 pm

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7:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:23 pm

It is part of the American dream, the notion that if you have a good idea and a fire in your belly, you can turn an idea into a successful business. It's that entrepreneurial spirit that drives the global economy.

That message is everywhere in our culture. President Obama echoed it last week, at a summit on entrepreneurship at the White House.

"We have a lot of brainpower here," he said. "We've got innovators and investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs. We've even got a few Sharks."

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It's All Politics
8:40 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Clintons Earned $30 Million From Paid Speeches And Book Sales

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas. According to the Clintons' financial disclosure, she received an honorarium of $225,000 for that event.
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Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 9:01 pm

It's widely known the Clintons have done well for themselves in recent years, but until now, it wasn't clear just how well. Today, the campaign filed a financial disclosure report revealing they earned $30 million in just the last seventeen months.

The report is not yet posted on the Federal Elections Commission website, but the campaign voluntarily released it to reporters. It covers the period from January 2014 to present.

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The Two-Way
6:45 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Big 3 Airlines Say Foreign Competitors Are 'Dumping' Seats In U.S.

A Qatar Airways plane loads cargo on Feb. 3, 2013, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The big three U.S. airlines — Delta, United and American — say Persian Gulf carriers like Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad are "dumping" seats in the U.S.
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Many U.S. passengers who have been wedged into coach-class seats on long flights might welcome more flying options — even if that competition were to come from overseas.

But the chief executives for Delta, United and American airlines say it's not fair if such competition involves big government subsidies given to state-backed carriers.

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It's All Politics
6:39 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Inside The Obama And Biden Financial Disclosures

President Barack Obama's 2014 Financial Disclosure Report

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 7:10 pm

You just had a good look at your financial situation last month, when you did your tax return. Now you can check out the government's official financial reports on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Federal elected officials, candidates and high-level bureaucrats have to file annual financial disclosure statements. The Obamas and Bidens submitted their 2014 reports this week.

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Around the Nation
4:43 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Group Makes Character Key Part Of Reducing Baltimore Unemployment

Graduates of a training program pose for a portrait after a completion ceremony at the Center for Urban Families.
Courtesy of the Center for Urban Families

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:01 pm

In a West Baltimore classroom, three dozen adults — all African-American, mostly men — are in their first week of "pre-employment training."

"Show me Monday, what does Monday look like," asks the instructor. They all raise one hand high above their head.

"That's where the energy should be every day," she says. "Stay alert!" The class responds in unison: "Stay alive."

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The Salt
4:35 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will verify companies' claims of using non-GMO ingredients through its Process Verified Program.

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 10:43 am

If you want to know if the beef you're buying is grassfed, there's a U.S. Department of Agriculture label for that. The agency is also behind the nation's biggest certified organic label, and an antibiotic-free one, too.

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