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Fed Staff Pondered Inflation Puzzle and Came Away None the Wiser

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has called low inflation a bit of a “mystery.” So it was appropriate that at her final Fed meeting, she and …

Economics

Economic conditions need to be perfect for 4 hikes - Fed's Bullard

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard says, "Everything would have to go just right," and the economy would have to surprise to the upside a bunch of …

Federal Reserve

BlackRock to talk to gun makers over response to school shootings

The world's largest asset manager says it plans to speak with gun makers after a wave of public outcry sparked by the Florida school shooting last …

Guns

Special counsel Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case

Paul Manafort was using fraudulently obtained loans and tax-cheating tricks to prop up his personal finances as he became chairman of the Trump campaign in 2016, according to a new 32-count indictment filed against him and his business partner Thursday.<p>The indictment ratchets up pressure on …

Donald Trump

The NRA just released an absurd, offensive video blaming the media for mass shootings

The organization is trying to pass the blame to other groups.<p>The National Rifle Association has declared a new culprit for mass shootings in America: the “mainstream media.”<p>“No one on this planet benefits more from mass shootings and motivates more people to become mass shooters than our mainstream …

Guns

When the cryptocurrency bubble pops, these tokens are built to survive - MIT Technology Review

<b>Being in a cryptocurrency bubble is not entirely a bad thing.</b> At least according to crypto’s true believers. The argument goes like this: Sure, lots …

Cryptocurrency

French Watchdog Clamps Down on Crypto Trading

France’s top markets regulator is getting tough on cryptocurrency trading.<p>The Autorite des Marches Financiers said on Thursday that online trading …

Cryptocurrency

Big Companies Are Getting a Chokehold on the Economy

Even Goldman Sachs is worried that they're stifling competition, holding down wages and weighing on growth.<p>A recent report by Goldman Sachs’ global research team highlights a new study showing that large, dominant superstar companies are paying lower wages and earning higher profits. I’ve flagged …

Markets

Florida Sheriff Rebukes NRA Spokeswoman Who Claims She's 'Fighting' For Shooting Survivors

During a heated CNN-hosted town hall event on Wednesday night, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch told survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting that she was “fighting” for them. But Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was quick to shut her down.<p>Interrupting Loesch’s …

Guns

How Trump Doomed His Own Infrastructure Plan

His trillion dollar dream lacked support within the White House and among Republicans.<p>Remember the Trump infrastructure plan? It was rolled out, after many delays, only last Monday. But it appears so far to have few champions on Capitol Hill, and may well be dead already; the president himself …

Economics

The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked

Last week's horrific massacre of 14 students and three staff members in Parkland, Fla., has reinvigorated the national debate over assault weapons. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, for instance, found that 67 percent of Americans, including 53 percent of gun owners, say they favor such a ban — …

Guns

Amazon Plans to Open Six More Cashierless Stores, Recode Says

Amazon.com Inc. plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, according to a report.<p>The e-commerce giant is considering locations …

eCommerce

Supreme Court deals blow to Wall Street whistle-blowers with unanimous ruling

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to some Wall Street whistle-blowers Wednesday.<p>The justices ruled unanimously that employees are not protected from retaliation if they blow the whistle on alleged corporate misdeeds without going to the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>That limits the …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

NRA head lashes out at gun control advocates: 'They hate individual freedom'

Wayne LaPierre spoke at CPAC in the wake of the Florida school shooting, mounting an unrepentant defense of gun rights<p>How will gun control be discussed at a conference of conservatives this week? Follow developments in an experimental format for mobile<p>The head of the powerful National Rifle …

Guns

A Computer Glitch Let a Trader Claim $20 Trillion in Free Bitcoin

An error in the price calculation system at Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has allowed some customers to claim digital tokens for …

Cryptocurrency

GOP Refuses to Ask Twitter for Private Messages in Russia Probe

Twitter could be key to unraveling some of the mysteries surrounding the Trump-Russia nexus. If only Devin Nunes and company would look.<p>Republicans …

Donald Trump

Hotel Carrying New Trump Brand Secures $6 Million Tax Break

The State of Mississippi on Wednesday awarded a tax break worth up to $6 million for a hotel project involving the Trump family business, a public subsidy that could indirectly benefit President Trump.<p>The board of the Mississippi Development Authority approved the so-called tourism tax rebate, …

Tourism

Devin Nunes asked Russian bots to help make an article discrediting the Russia investigation 'go viral'

• <b>Rep. Devin Nunes, the author of a controversial memo on alleged misconduct at the FBI and Department of Justice, sent a tweet asking Russian bots to help him get a tweet to go viral.</b>• <b><br>In his tweet he linked to an article from The Federalist that claimed to debunk a number of alleged conspiracy</b> …

Donald Trump

This photo of Trump’s notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything

President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools. And while Trump's at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers will certainly raise eyebrows, for the most part he did listen.<p>Thanks in part, it seems, to a …

Donald Trump

The “Black Mirror” scenarios that are leading some experts to call for more secrecy on AI - MIT Technology Review

AI could reboot industries and make the economy more productive; it’s already infusing many of the products we use daily. But a new report by more …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Man Who Might Bring Down Benjamin Netanyahu

How the prime minister’s secret dealings with Arnon Mozes could spell his doom.<p>Over the course of his career, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, has faced many formidable rivals. There’s been Yasser Arafat, the late former leader of the Palestinians, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the …

Israel

YouTube's trending section shows it has a fake news problem, too

In discussions of the ongoing battle over fake news, we often hear Facebook and Google criticized for playing a hand in spreading false information. And while both have made efforts recently to stem the spread of misinformation on their platforms, they've each had some major missteps.<p>YouTube is …

Internet

Fed officials: Stronger economy boosts chance for rate hikes

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve officials at their January meeting saw a brightening global economic picture and the effects of recently passed tax cuts raising the prospect for solid growth and continued interest rate increases.<p>The minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 30-31 discussions showed that the officials …

Economy

A self-taught astronomer spotted something no scientist had ever seen

The moment he saw the brilliant light captured by his camera, “it all clicked” for Victor Buso: All the times his parents woke him before sunrise to gaze at the stars, all the energy he had poured into constructing an observatory atop his home, all the hours he had spent trying to parse meaning …

Universe

'We've never seen anything like this': Democrat wins Kentucky seat by 36 points in district Trump won by 49

In deep-red Kentucky, Democrat Linda Belcher sailed to victory in the state's 49th House District seat with 68% of the vote on Tuesday.<p>Belcher's win marked an 86-point swing from the 2016 general election, when President Donald Trump won the district with 72% of the vote.<p>The seat was previously …

Government

Winner-Take-All Electoral Practice Faces Voter-Rights Challenge

Civil rights activists are challenging the legality of four states’ winner-take-all method of allocating U.S. presidential electoral college votes, …

Government

New charges filed in Manafort-Gates case

The notice of sealed charges comes after prosecutors accused the former Trump campaign chairman of bank fraud.<p>New charges have been filed in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, but the charges were put under seal …

Corruption

Experts Warn AI Is Now A 'Clear And Present Danger' In Major Report

From creating fake news to hacking fleets of self-driving cars.<p>In a major new report, a team of 26 international experts have warned that artificial …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Exclusive: Telegram is holding a secretive second pre-ICO sale

The company is raising even more cash for its controversial blockchain-powered network<p>You have to admire Pavel Durov’s audacity.<p>Over the past few months, the CEO of Telegram convinced 81 accredited investors, including Silicon Valley giants Sequoia Capital and Benchmark, to give him $850 million in …

Cryptocurrency

Bank of America Says FX Traders May Be Off on Dollar Bearishness

The dollar’s four-session winning streak, its longest since December, may be a harbinger of things to come, according to Bank of America Merrill …

Stock Markets