Golden Apple

April 22, 2016

Now I understand. I have 2 go now. I don’t know when I’ll return. Goodbye. -Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958-2016   Let’s Go Crazy — We couldn’t go more than a week without the death of a major cultural icon. If nobody’s busy this weekend, we’d appreciate wellness checks on Bob Dylan, Bruce...

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April 15, 2016

File Your Taxes Without Getting Phished — The Senate Finance Committee held a timely hearing Tuesday on the IRS’s efforts to protect taxpayers’ personal information against cyberattacks. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said that the agency’s summit group with leaders of the electronic tax industry, software industry,...

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April 8, 2016

“By the time you get close to the answers, it’s nearly all over." - Merle Haggard, 1937-2016 DOL Announces Final Fiduciary Rule — As anticipated, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the Department’s final Conflicts of Interest rule on Wednesday. “I am confident that the industry...

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April 1, 2016

April Fools Day is for amateurs — Real life in 2016 is more surreal and absurd than any joke we could come up with today, so let’s just get to it, shall we? Congress has been out for the past two weeks, mostly, but some...

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March 18, 2016

Hey, more than one guy wrote the Federalist Papers — He’s not getting as much attention lately as his flashier colleague, but we’d like to wish President James Madison a happy 265th birthday, as of Wednesday. President Madison not only wrote Federalist No. 10, which addresses...

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March 11, 2016

Next Stop, Mars — If he mispronounced your name, you’d feel compelled to change it. When opportunity came knocking and he wasn’t home, opportunity waited . . . but now he’s gone. Dos Equis announced this week that The Most Interesting Man in the World is...

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March 4, 2016

House Financial Services Approves 10 Reform Measures — On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee marked up and passed ten bills designed to reduce unnecessary burden and improve capital access for Main Street small businesses. Among the measures approved were H.R. 2901, the Flood Insurance Market...

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February 26, 2016

This week a drunk monkey threatened people with a butcher knife in Brazil, and Donald Trump won the GOP caucuses in Nevada. Things in Washington felt downright soporific in comparison. Let’s take a look . . .   House Developing Legislation on International Insurance Standards — Rep. Blaine...

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February 19, 2016

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.   —Harper Lee Could major national figures stop dying for a little while, please? The week began with the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin...

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