Obama tries to make peace with business community

Obama tries to make peace with business community

When President Barack Obama named Gene Sperling as his chief economic adviser, two of Sperling’s early calls went to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue. Known for his pugilistic style, Donohue wasted no time. Come on over, he said. When Sperling crossed Lafayette Square, the park that separates the […]

Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” franchise had its highest toy revenue ever for a non-movie year in 2010 and the best toy revenue since “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” With sales of more than $510 million last year, “Star Wars” also maintained its position as the bestselling boys toy license in the U.S. for […]

Anybody know where we can put all this snow?

Anybody know where we can put all this snow?

The harsh winter has left densely populated cities and towns in the Northeast with huge mounds of snow, and some wondering if local waterways might be a good place to dump it. In Boston, one state senator suggested tossing the snow in the harbor in a “Boston snow party.” City officials have yet to sign […]

Reach out and touch no one

I reach out to readers this morning not in a personal way. Hell, personal ways don’t exist any more. instead, I write this on a Mac computer — two screens splashed in front of me to to make sure I have all the information I have as put thought to silocon diode that probably won’t […]

Government to Americans: You might want to think about leaving Egypt

Government to Americans: You might want to think about leaving Egypt

The State Department says U.S. citizens in Egypt should consider leaving the country as soon as they can because of the spreading unrest there. The department says demonstrations against the government of President Hosni Mubarak have not targeted Westerners, but Americans should take precautions for their own security. The U.S. government is also allowing nonessential […]

Time for the sex and the rabbit

Time for the sex and the rabbit

The Chinese Year of the Rabbit promises to bring political upheaval from restless youth and sex scandals for the amorous, but in China the government is at least likely to bring inflation under control. [Related: Chinese New Year facts and traditions>] Twelve animals make up the traditional Chinese zodiac, with each year having its own […]

America’s State of Disunion

America’s State of Disunion

Maybe there soon will be a yellow brick road leading out of Washington — even if the bricks do come from China. Maybe home prices will rise again and banks will actually start financing purchases of places to live. Maybe jobs will venture out of the horizon like ghost riders in the sky. Maybe. We […]

OK! So what makes us tick?

OK! So what makes us tick?

What makes us tick? Anybody who’s ever suffered jet lag knows all about the body’s internal clock, which is driven by a cluster of brain cells. But even the cells throughout our body have their own 24-hour clocks to coordinate activities at the cellular level. Now new research suggests that these internal timepieces may be […]

Olbermann’s firing weeks in the making

Olbermann’s firing weeks in the making

Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC appeared abrupt to viewers of his show, but the talk-show host and his network were involved “in a relationship that’s been failing for a long time,” an NBC Universal executive said Saturday. Olbermann’s announcement at the end of Friday’s “Countdown” that it would be his last show quiets, at least […]

Olbermann’s firing long overdue for MSNBC

Olbermann’s firing long overdue for MSNBC

MSNBC loudmouth Keith Olbermann Friday night walked off the set of his “Countdown” show, out of the studio, off the job and out of having to work to earn the unpaid portion of the remaining two years of his four-year $30 million a year  contract. Saying he was told that Friday’s show was the last […]