Golden Apple

October 13, 2017

More than McDonald’s can serve — The world’s population reached 6 billion on October 12, 1999, and this week stands at nearly 7.6 billion, according to the World Population Clock. That’s a growth rate that’s accelerating faster all the time — world population doubled between 1960...

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October 6, 2017

Some things are over             Some things go on             Part of me you carry             Part of me is gone Tom Petty, we’re going to miss you. In other news:   CFPB issues final rule on payday lending — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized a 1,690-page rule on payday,...

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September 29, 2017

Every party eventually ends — Say what you like about him, Hugh Hefner was undeniably a formative figure in 20th century America. His vision of a man’s ideal life shaped more than one generation’s aspirations. He departed this world on Wednesday at the age of...

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September 22, 2017

Some things being equal — Best wishes on the autumnal equinox, which officially happens today at 4:02 p.m. EDT. Theoretically, day and night are exactly the same length today. We’d check it with a stopwatch, but we have plans for the evening. Industrial bankers, Utah bankers...

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September 15, 2017

Hail and farewell, Cassini — The Cassini spacecraft completed its 20-year mission to Saturn, after a series of maneuvers called the Grand Finale that sent one last set of extraordinary images back to earth. Any endeavor that lasts 20 years is something to applaud; one that...

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September 8, 2017

It’s hard times befallen the soul survivors — The week began with the death of Walter Becker, one half of the legendary Steely Dan, on Sunday. Things haven’t gotten much better since then. We are thinking about friends and family members recovering from Hurricane Harvey, preparing...

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August 4, 2017

Is it Friday yet? Check. The first week of August is traditionally a quiet time in Washington, but nothing about this year has been traditional, so why start now? This is, however, the last Golden Apple until September 8. You’ve been warned. Senate Finance looks at...

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July 28, 2017

The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her . . . Could the Senate have passed health care if they’d put another fifteen miles behind them? That seemed to be Speaker Ryan’s implication today, when House Republicans met...

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July 21, 2017

Where are all the IPOs? — The decline in entrepreneurship generally and in initial public offerings specifically was the subject of two hearings before the House of Representatives this week. Broadmark Capital CEO Joe Schocken told the Small Business Committee on Wednesday that a Commission...

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July 14, 2017

They don’t actually call it “Bastille Day” in France. It’s just the national day, or the feast of July 14th. So vive la France, and vive la République, and any excuse for a glass of Champagne is just fine with us. CFPB bans arbitration clauses; OCC...

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