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Negative Trends In Tax Collections Persist

The annual rate of change in withholding taxes has been falling since October. It turned negative in inflation adjusted terms in late December and has grown increasingly negative since then. This is a clear sign that the US has entered recession. Show More Summary

Social Security Q&A: Can You Clear up My Confusion about the New Law?

Today’s Social Security column addresses various questions brought up by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

The Business Of Love: Couple-Preneurs

In today's entrepreneurial environment, couples are giving new meaning to "married to your work." Couple-preneurs are the new trend for startups. So, how can you manage both love and business effectively? Here are some tips to help navigate your personal/professional partnership.

Southeast Asia's record jet orders seen at risk: IATA

By Anshuman Daga SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Record plane orders placed by ambitious Southeast Asian airlines could be at risk in an environment of intense competition, low profitability and turmoil in financial markets, the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Sunday. Show More Summary

Less than 3% of Americans are worth dating

Happy Valentine's Day. If you're in a relationship, stop right here. If you're not, you're single. That's completely fine — around half the population of US adults are. But you should know it's highly unlikely you're worth dating. In...Show More Summary

A big Spanish bank is investing $150 million in fintech startups

Spanish bank BBVA is setting up a fintech-focused venture capital firm with over $150 million (£104 million) to invest. The bank said its BBVA Ventures fund, set up in 2013 with $100 million (£69 million), will be rolled into a new VC...Show More Summary

GOLD Breaks Its Multi-Year Downtrend: The Asian Connection

In our column last week we were warning you about Deutsche Bank’s problems and potential issues with its derivatives portfolio and its capital structure. The story continued to unfold in the past week and Deutsche Bank was pushed into a corner as more and more investors started to lose confidence in the bank. Show More Summary

Judge should seek more prison time for Lee Baca

To the editor: The editorial on disgraced ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca seems to gloss over the truth. ("Justice finally catches up with Sheriff Lee Baca – who helped deny it to others," editorial, Feb. 10) The truth is that Baca failed to do the right thing when confronted with jailhouse corruption....

Supreme Court made the right call on Obama's climate-change overreach

To the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court's injunction suspending President Obama's power plan was not “opaque” — it was necessary and in congruence with the law. ("The U.S. can't allow Supreme Court clean power roadblock to slow its fight against climate change," editorial, Feb. 11) This is not just...

Trump and Sanders are the logical result of government that doesn't deliver

For most of a year now, pundits (including me) have been surprised by the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the populist outsiders in the presidential campaign. We shouldn't have been. The ingredients for a voter rebellion were in plain view all along. They begin with the economy. For years...

L.A. shows its design muscle in three days of men's runway shows

If the second round of New York Fashion Week's recently concluded men's shows proved anything, it was that Los Angeles designers are simultaneously creative disrupters and an established presence deeply woven into the fabric of contemporary masculine American style. In three days of runway shows...

Coastal Commission's first big test after firing Lester: Banning Ranch

To the editor: The proof of how political Charles Lester's firing as Coastal Commission executive director was will become evident soon when a huge local project comes before the body: the Banning Ranch parcel, the last big undeveloped coastal property in Orange County. ("Commissioners vote 7-5...

A swift death penalty might prevent more child killings

To the editor: I had just returned home after holding my gorgeous 1-month-old granddaughter when I read the sickening news of the fate of 1-year-old Autumn Johnson. ("'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib," Feb. 10) This is why we need a swift death...

Why failure to replicate findings can actually be good for science

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool,” physicist Richard Feynman famously told the young scientists graduating from CalTech in 1974. Fully cognizant of this truth, the scientific establishment has developed many rules and procedures to...

Why liberals win culture wars and conservatives win elections

Republican malcontents — and front-runners — Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have their differences but each is a bona fide culture warrior, eager to fight “them” in the name of “us.” Cruz, who refers to his campaign as an “awakening” in “the body of Christ,” blasts same-sex marriage as...

Historical Bear-Market Option Performance

By Chris Ebert It quickly becomes the goal of most every new trader to identify recurring patterns in the stock market. So long as the pattern truly repeats, the trader can learn to use the repeatability to his advantage. By adjusting one’s trades to match a repeating pattern it is often possible to tip the […]

Should women register for the draft? That's the wrong question to ask about our military.

Should the United States require women to register for the draft? The chief of staff of the U.S. Army and the commandant of the Marine Corps think so. As a result, presidential candidates are weighing in on this suddenly pressing issue. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio are all for it....

Indie Focus: Local tributes to John Sayles and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week is the final episode of the television program hosted by my colleague Rebecca Keegan and me on Ovation TV. We’ve got an impressive group of directors who were really engaged with each other,...

The dark ages come to Aleppo

In the 21st century, the Syrian city of Aleppo has entered its dark ages. Vulnerable to sudden attack by Islamic State militants, bombed routinely by Russian warplanes and lately encircled by government forces, most inhabitants have fled. Google Earth shows no lights at night. Until the second...

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