with David Blaska
Verona’s weekly newspaper was prescient: “There will be an unprecedented change the likes the council has never seen before,” the Press predicted last spring. It did not take long for the eight-member City Council, now evenly divided after the surprise election of four progressives, to boil over in dissension. One month in, holdover alderman Jeremy Charles said the “new political climate … had taken a toll on his health, well-being and ability to reason with other alders.”
with Steve Prestegard
Regular readers know that I am not a fan of Government Motors, its bailout, or the Chevrolet Volt. Investors Business Daily reports the unbelievable news that the Volt costs GM more than twice its sticker price.
with Casey Langan
Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. This phrase has come to epitomize those who occupy themselves with unimportant matters while neglecting priorities during a crisis. It’s an old story with a painfully real message for the present day. Instead of passing a U.S. farm bill, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are consumed by election-year politicking and posturing. Meanwhile, the worst drought in decades is gripping the throat of the nation’s breadbasket. Right now, D.C. is fiddling while the Midwest burns.
with Jean Willard
The IRS will never call you to ask for your credit card number and never threaten to take your driver’s license, but nasty scam artists pretending to be from the IRS will — and are.
with Zach Wisniewski
Pardon me if I don’t feel any sympathy for Harold Hamm: "In a congressional hearing Thursday, Continental Resources CEO and Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser Harold Hamm asked to preserve the oil industry’s billions in tax breaks, although his company pays little in federal taxes. The oil firm has earned more than $1.8 billion profit over five years by dominating the oil shale boom in North Dakota."
with Joe Vanden Plas
Eighty-three-year-old Bobby Hinds has sold his Lifeline, the company he built over the past 40 years, so now it’s time for the indefatigable fitness fanatic to retire, right? Wrong. Hinds has been the driving force behind Lifeline USA, acquired last month by Pivotal 5, not because he founded the business, but because he was in charge of product development. Develop he did, and develop he will do.