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Bats and Brokers Looking for clues to explain Tuesday's market gyrations? Observe a bloodsucking mammal

The renewed  volatility in our tightly coupled financial system calls to mind a piece I wrote for TIME in 2000 during another period of extreme market upheaval. Here it is:

 

Quick! The market is crashing, and you are overextended, so where do you turn for help: a) y...

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Trump and the Press


Thursday June 16, 2016

Mr. Trump has now yanked the credentials of several newspapers, magazine, and digital news sites. Apart from adding the role of a free press to the fast-expanding list of topics on which he reveals collosal ignorance, this also shows his complete naivety about how the system works. The way to improve your coverage is not to exclude journalists, but to keep them close, and let the Stockholm Syndrome work its magic. So keep going Donald (Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times reports that he nearing the point of banning its journalists) and we might get real fair and balanced coverage of his campaign!
 

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Short Take

Debt Ceiling Negotiations is an Absurd Phrase

By using the phrase "debt ceiling negotiations," the media is lazily buying into the GOP framing of the issue because the implication is that debt ceiling negotiations are normal. They're not!

Negotiating over the debt ceiling is exactly analogous to a diner getting the check at the end of a meal, and then demanding a discount on all meals going forward with the threat that they'll blow up the restaurant if they don't get one.

No one would justify that behavior in a restaurant, why do act like it's a normal part of business in Congress?



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