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Washington and big box retailers in high stakes showdown

Wal-Mart has a reputation to protect: Its legendary, bare-knuckled labor tactics.<p>That's why the world’s largest retailer has threatened to scrap at least three of six stores planned for the nation’s capital if the city signs into law a bill requiring big-box stores to pay workers at least $12.50 an …

Walmart

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Online retailers attack plans for sales tax

A row between online and high street retailers has reignited after some of the industry's biggest web-only businesses dismissed suggestions for an …

Obama Is About To Start Hammering Republicans In A Series Of Speeches On The Economy

The first of the series of speeches is set to come Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where Obama delivered an economic speech shortly after he was elected a U.S. senator in 2005. He'll then travel to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., to deliver remarks later that …

Immigration Reform

Why Won't Obama Pay His Interns?

A former marriage equality advocate turns his attention to what he calls the Obama administration’s greatest hypocrisy: pushing for a higher minimum wage while relying on unpaid interns. And he’s got help from some powerful White House allies.<p>WASHINGTON — At some point in the near future, an intern …

President Obama: Pitch Perfect on Trayvon, yet Silent on Abdulrahman

Do Americans care as much about justice and individual rights when Muslim Americans are killed?<p>Few things divide us as quickly and powerfully as criminal trials that contain or spark racial controversy. Think of the police officers who beat Rodney King; the murder case against O.J. Simpson; the …