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Michael Hiltzik
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Makers of Fiji Water strike again
The Wonderful Company, the corporate arm of Beverly Hills billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick , promotes itself incessantly as an exemplar of social responsibility and a guardian of sustainable agriculture. “As an agricultural company, we are deeply committed to protecting and conserving our natural resources,” it says right there on its website .
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Maybe transparency will work
At least 10 states are pondering a radical approach to putting a leash on soaring drug prices: force drug companies to explain how they arrived at the price of their costliest new drugs.
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How two celebrity chefs bailed on Trump after the "Mexican" comments
That curious silence you may have detected in the fabric of public discourse Thursday had a simple explanation: Donald Trump was off the campaign trail. Instead, he was locked behind the doors of a Washington, D.C., law firm, giving a deposition in a lawsuit.
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How to get the NRA out of the gun debate
The Orlando massacre reminds us that there’s an enormous amount we don’t know about gun violence—what causes it, what its consequences are for surviving families, how to stop it. You can blame our ignorance on the National Rifle Association--and on the federal officials the NRA has intimidated away from this crucial field of public health for 20 years.
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And he's likely to find out
We’re familiar with the Uber that talked about responding to bad publicity by digging up dirt on reporters following the company. Also the Uber that allegedly stalked passengers using its service, following their travel routes for the amusement of its party-goers. And the Uber that moves heaven and earth to avoid performing thorough background checks on its drivers .
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Trump knew nothing, learned nothing
Of all the mistakes, misstatements, and assorted bloviations issuing from Donald Trump during the current Presidential campaign, surely one of the leading head-scratchers is his May 27 assertion to the effect that “there is no drought” in California.
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The fox guarding the henhouse
The renomination of conservative Charles P. Blahous III as a Social Security public trustee, which has riled the program’s advocates, ran into another potential roadblock Tuesday.
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The death of the printed word has been predicted for centuries. Still not happening
Facebook executive Nicola Mendelsohn shook up the online-o-sphere earlier this week with one of those offhand declarations that sound superficially profound for a moment or two but are vacuous at their core. In five years, she told a Fortune conference in London, her platform will probably be “all video,” and the written word will be essentially dead.
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But when will the government stop outsourcing regulation?
Much of the world turns on paper credentials. But the fact that these often aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on has been spotlighted by the accreditation scandal in the for-profit college business. Scores of campuses have been given a seal of approval by accreditation agencies despite coming under state or federal investigation for fraud.
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Another way of destroying a valued program
In fiscal terms, there’s no earthly reason for Congress to be stingy with Social Security’s administrative budget. The money comes out of workers’ payroll taxes and the system’s other revenue, not from the general treasury. And it’s spent with painstaking care: T he Social Security Administration is one of the government ’s most efficient agencies, with a core administrative budget of 0.7% of benefits, devoted to upholding a decades-old reputatio...
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They'll keep claiming so, though
As it tends to do every few months or so, the right-wing commentariat erupted this week with reports that the Affordable Care Act is “forcing hundreds of thousands of people into part-time work.”
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Here's why
Social Security advocates long have had doubts about President Obama ’s support for the program (as we reported as recently as last month ). But that ended Wednesday, when in a speech in Elkhart, Ind., he suddenly called for expanding the program.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist, author/historian of science, tech, & The New Deal.
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I write and blog about business, economics, and public policy at latimes.com/hiltzik
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