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Say it ain’t so, . Say you ain’t backing up from your long-standing advice that purchasing a new car is almost always a bad idea. But how else to explain Orman’s appearance in a commerical for Acura’s 2012 “Season of Reason” ad campaign? In the spot, which began airing earlier this month, Orman, driving a brand ...Read more.
On television, actor Larry Hagman played Texas wheeler-dealer J.R. Ewing on the hit show . No one ever got the better of lyin’, cheatin’ J.R. Ewing. In real life Hagman, who died Friday at the age of 81, was not so lucky. According to , one in five Americans over the age of 65 will either ...Read more.
Did you watch the YouTube video of the Black Friday mob banging down the door of the local Tiffany’s at midnight, nearly rioting in their search for discounted Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard drop earrings? Or did you hear the tale of the shopper who pulled a gun on another Fendi seeking bargain hunter ...Read more.
I’m sure you have, by now, heard the news. , the company that gave us such remembered childhood treats as Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Devil Dogs and other baked foodstuffs that have fallen into disfavor in our more gourmand age, announced today that it would be closing for business, effective immediately. More than a few observers ...Read more.
A quick note about Petraeus … We like to claim in the United States that we honor veterans and their families, but that hasn’t stopped the financial services sector from preying on them. The abuses are numerous, and putting a stop to them can often seem less like effective law enforcement and more like a ...Read more.
The next time you have the misfortune of hearing a titan or other one-percenter whine about how their trickle-down contributions are not appreciated by the masses remember this tidbit, courtesy of Garrett Haake at NBC: From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, ...Read more.
No doubt Republicans are now wishing they had not opposed ’s appointment to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate race this evening is a huge victory for consumers – and a huge loss for the banking industry, which poured millions of dollars into the coffers of the incumbent, Republican ...Read more.
City officials just announced the first ever cancellation of the City Marathon. Pressure had been mounting for days to postpone the event, which attracts tens of thousands of runners from around the world. Opponents pointed out that not only was the 26 mile event a logistical nightmare in the best of circumstances, handing out food and ...Read more.
Here’s the ground situation: lower in the dark, with thousands upon thousands of senior citizens trapped in unheated high rise apartments, with many beginning to run short of food and water. Parts of Staten Island are a scene of mass destruction, with several dozen dead or missing, with untold numbers of homes damaged or destroyed. ...Read more.
Will the era of a thousand points of light end with Mitt Romney’s photo op of a thousand cans of soup? Ever since President George H.W. Bush proclaimed a need for “a thousand points of light,” Americans have been enthralled by the idea that private charity is all that is needed to help those in ...Read more.