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Australia’s Central Bank Chief Says the Unspeakable

September 7, 2018

Talk about a failure of forward guidance. Australia's 1 Hours after the national headcount hit 25 million, Lowe devoted most of a

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The Hole at the Heart of Chinas Silk Road

September 6, 2018

Nobody pretends the People’s Republic of China is an entirely benign power, least of all its leaders in Beijing. Yet, even by the standards of what continues to be a remarkably repressive state, the stories that are emerging from behind the Great Firewall about the crackdown on Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim population are deeply disturbing and […]

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Elon Musk Has Some Fun With Tesla

September 1, 2018

Tesla. Man. I don’t know. I don’t know, man. Elon Musk Musk’s explanation from yesterday afternoon: First, a final decision has not yet been made, but the reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate best. As a public company, we are subject to wild swings in our stock price […]

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Japan Inc. Needs to Pay for Performance

August 30, 2018

Almost three decades ago, the Texan oilman T. Boone Pickens attempted to charge into a Japanese boardroom. He had accumulated around one-third of the company – worth almost $1 billion at the time – yet a seat at the table eluded him. There was nothing to force the directors to accept him. Japan Inc. has […]

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RIP, American Empire: Weekend Edition

August 13, 2018

  RIP. soundtrack to “Sorry to Bother You” by The Coup (explicit lyrics ahoy). This is the Weekend Edition of Bloomberg Opinion Today, a roundup of the ten most popular stories Bloomberg Opinion published this week, based on web readership, with some other stuff thrown in. New subscribers to the newsletter can 

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Les Moonves Has Nothing to Say to You People

August 4, 2018

Today’s Agenda CBS's board is doing a not-great job. There's good news and bad news in the jobs report. Trump’s latest tax-cut scheme should be a non-starter. Elizabeth Warren has some advice for the SEC. Les Moonves has no comment. Great quarter.” Stop doing that! Matt Levine argues analysts aren’t paid for confrontational journalism, but rather […]

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The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican

July 25, 2018

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points. She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for president, and later supported Republican […]

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Dont Despair, Democrats. Just Vote.

July 13, 2018

It's no surprise. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is an elderly man. He was bound to retire sooner or later, and when you're 81, sooner usually wins.   To replace Kennedy, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell won't have to sledgehammer equity, comity and decades of democratic norms, as he did in 2016 when he blockaded […]

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American Families Shouldn’t Be Separated, Either

July 8, 2018

One of the worst American history of separating parents and children from the days of slavery and during Native American removal and extermination. If you agree with me on this, I’d like to push you one step further. It’s horrible to forcibly separate lawbreaking parents from their young children, but we do that to American […]

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Debate: Why Are AmericansSo Down in This Economy?

June 15, 2018

Noah Smith: How are Americans doing, overall? Earlier this year, consumer confidence hit a 17-year high. Recent numbers show that confidence cooling off a bit, but people are still very optimistic about the economy. But perhaps paradoxically, Americans don’t report feeling very happy overall. A all-time highs. Americans are having trending tightly with population growth […]

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