Obamacare Policies Not Available Year-Round, Causes Problems For Latecomers

Posted on April 5, 2014

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Americans thinking about buying health insurance on their own later this year, or maybe switching to a different insurer, are probably out of luck. The policies are going off the market as a little-noticed consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. With limited exceptions, insurance companies have stopped selling until next year the sorts […]

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Google’s New App Updates Reducing Consumers Privacy

Posted on April 4, 2014

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The latest smartphone update released by Google sounds like it’s engineered to make your virtual life a lot simpler by logging you into all of your Google apps at once. What it actually does is track more of your personal data and allow for better targeting than ever before. In the newest Gmail app update […]

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This Man’s Artifact Collection Suddenly Investigated by FBI

Posted on April 4, 2014

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When Andi Essex got an eyeful of Don Miller’s gigantic basement collection of artifacts he’s acquired from his travels around the world, she was enthralled. “It’s unreal,” Essex told WISH-TV in Indianapolis, adding that the “full skeleton is what blew my mind” and that her “favorite” was Miller’s piece of Hitler’s bunker. The 91-year-old is […]

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Oh The Irony: Discrimination Investigation Accused Of Discrimination

Posted on April 3, 2014

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The federal agency tasked with investigating allegations of discrimination in consumer financial transactions was accused of discriminatory treatment of its own employees in a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday. Angela Martin, a senior enforcement attorney with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), alleged that a ring of managers within the CFPB favors men […]

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Another Fatal Shooting At Fort Hood

Written by BradleyFishJr on April 3, 2014

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Less than five years after an Army psychiatrist went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, the military base has been shaken by another shooting. Nidal Hasan, convicted in the Nov. 5, 2009, tragedy that left 13 dead and 31 wounded, was sentenced to death by a military jury in August 2013. Prosecutors had sought […]

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Data Confirm: Earthquakes Not Good for Boosting Output

Posted on April 3, 2014

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Tyler Cowen links to a paper by Johannes Wieland. The following excerpt from the paper should give you some insight into the state of formal economics: Standard sticky-price models predict that temporary, negative supply shocks are expansionary at the zero lower bound (ZLB) because they raise inflation expectations and lower expected real interest rates, which […]

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Home Prices Reach Peaks in 4 States

Posted on April 1, 2014

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Despite harsh weather, home prices in the U.S. held up in February, with four states setting record highs, according to CoreLogic data released Tuesday. Home prices in Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota and Texas hit peaks, and another 18 states were within 10% of their peak prices (see the above chart from CoreLogic). Factors driving home […]

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Sniper’s Accuracy And Creative Thinking Prevent Terrorist Attack

Posted on April 1, 2014

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Talk about biting the bullet! Or, getting the biggest bang for your buck. During a December 2013 operation in Afghanistan, a British sniper killed six Taliban fighters with a single bullet. British and Afghan forces were attacked by 15-20 Taliban fighters during a mission in southern Afghanistan. One of the men was wearing an explosive […]

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