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  • Gov’t Data Sharpens Focus On Crude-Oil Train Routes

    The oil boom underway in North Dakota has delivered jobs to local economies and helped bring the United States to the brink of being a net energy exporter for the first time in generations. But moving that oil to the few refineries with the capacity to... Read More >>

    People From Around the World Discuss ‘Firestone and the Warlord’

    When ProPublica and Frontline launched " Firestone and the Warlord," a sweeping investigation into the relationship between Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and the iconic American company Firestone, we asked ourselves how we might engage a Liberian audience... Read More >>

    Federal Reserve Announces Sweeping Review Of Its Big Bank Oversight

    On the eve of a U.S. Senate hearing about whether regulators are too soft on banks, the Federal Reserve Board announced a broad review of its supervision of the biggest U.S. financial institutions. Among other things, the Fed said its two-pronged review,... Read More >>

    How America’s Thanksgiving Turkeys Got So Huge

    Thanksgiving, the most food-focused of American holidays, provides a hearty occasion for this reminder: The dominant fruits, vegetables, and animals in modern farming are products of highly unnatural selection. Consider corn, which evolved from a fairly... Read More >>

    U.S. Banks Are Lending To Everyone But Homeowners

    There’s a lot for banks to celebrate in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s latest quarterly update on the U.S. industry. They’re seeing bigger profits, and the agency suggested more are on the way as lenders put aside less money for bad... Read More >>

    Click-baiting Or Insanity? Florida Paper Calls For Outright Gun Ban

    “One of the frequent refrains of gun freaks about President Obama is ‘He’s coming for our guns.’ Obama never said such a thing. But I will: We’re coming for your guns. And someday, we’ll take them.” So reads the conclusion of a Nov. 23... Read More >>

    GQ Magazine Ranks Obama Among ‘Least Influential’ People Of 2014

    For the past year, the Obama administration has seldom gone more than a few days without having to answer questions about political scandals, foreign policy ineptitude, failed promises or presidential overreach. That appears to be why GQ magazine is the... Read More >>

    HHS Admits Obamacare Optimism Based On Smoke And Mirrors

    Last week, the Internet lit up with reports that the White House had managed to dress up last year’s Obamacare enrollment performance by finagling the numbers to include dental-only sign-ups — a sleight of hand that added 400,000 policies to its... Read More >>

    UMich Confidence Misses By Most In 13 Months

    Following the Conference Board's tumble in confidence, Bloomberg's consumer comfort index surged this morning (rather aberrationally) to highs not seen since 2007. However, while UMich consumer confidence rose from last month to its highest since July 2007,... Read More >>

    Chicago PMI Suffers 4th Biggest Drop Since Lehman

    Having surged to last October's highs last month, Chicago PMI tumbled back to mediocrity in November, missing extrapolatedly exuberant expecatations by the most since July. As 60.8 (against 63.0 expectations) this is barely above the levels of Q1's polar... Read More >>

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