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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Inside of a Dog

The Boylans were. And so Indigo joined us, as Ranger’s wing-dog […]

Economic Scene: Will a Corporate Tax Holiday Give Workers Anything to Cheer?

Apple alone is sitting on an overseas stash of almost $260 billion, according to Bloomberg, while Microsoft has more than $120 billion parked abroad. The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer does not regularly disclose how much of its offshore profits are stored in foreign tax havens, but the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that at the end of 2016, it held almost $200 billion abroad.PhotoPfizer products being packaged for shipping in Lincoln, Neb.Credit Dave Weaver/Associated PressOf course, the standard claims are being made about the vast stimulative effects of the repatriated cash. They are being met this time with vigorous counterclaims based on the results of the Bush administration’s shot over a decade ago.Back then, companies found their way around regulations forbidding this use of the money to simply benefit shareholders and corporate chiefs. A Senate commission reported that the top 15 repatriating corporations reduced their overall United States work force by 20,931 jobs, even as share buybacks increased and the annual compensation for their top five executives jumped 27 percent from 2004 to 2005 and another 30 percent the next year.Pfizer, for instance, brought back $35.5 billion, the largest amount repatriated by a single company during the tax holiday, according to the Senate report. Then it turned around and spent over $20 billion in stock repurchases from 2005 to 2007 […]

Cyborg bacteria turn carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels with zero waste

Forget about Tony Stark or the Bionic Man, the real cyborg action starts with microscopic swamp creatures […]

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It follows other changes in Justice Department policy on voting rights, gay rights and police reforms.Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, called the project a “welcome” and “long overdue” development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial.“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well,” he said.PhotoJohn Gore, the acting head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, in 2014.Credit American Constitution Society, via YouTubeBut Kristen Clarke, the president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, criticized the affirmative action project as “misaligned with the division’s longstanding priorities.” She noted that the civil rights division was “created and launched to deal with the unique problem of discrimination faced by our nation’s most oppressed minority groups,” performing work that often no one else has the resources or expertise to do.“This is deeply disturbing,” she said […]

Trump, Putin, Mosul: Your Weekend Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview ____ Photo Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times 9. Data analysis is surely useful on Wall Street, but can it help explain why Jane Austen’s works have endured 200 years after her death? Continue reading the main story The Upshot gave it a try, and in the end, as it turns out, Austen’s word choices may be why she has remained relevant. Above, a woman dressed as Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, at the Jane Austen Society’s annual Regency ball. ____ Photo Credit Nic Bothma/European Pressphoto Agency 10 […]

World’s cutest baby turtle is part of an amazing story

Asian giant softshell turtles were once thought to be extinct in the Mekong River; this little trooper is one of 150 hatchlings bringing them back. […]

Paleontologists discover lost ecosystem off the coast of southern California

The ecosystem had thrived for thousands of years but collapsed less than two centuries ago. […]