Too many Americans have been there: confronted on sidewalks, reaching for their wallets, only to learn that the thieves are most interested in their smartphones. Spending hundreds to replace these indispensable tools is bad enough. Worrying that criminals might have access to sensitive data is worse.
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The Big Island as seen by cartoonist Gary Hoff, Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
WASHINGTON — To take the measure of this uncommonly interesting public man, begin with two related facts about him. Paul Ryan has at least 67 cousins in his Wisconsin hometown of Janesville, where there are six Ryan households within eight blocks of his home. And in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea,” he says something few politicians say, which is why so many are neither trusted nor respected. Ryan says he was wrong.
There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, according to a report released last week by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. In addition to sharply declining mail volume and significant required payments for retiree health care, the USPS is struggling with high workers’ compensation costs.
Let’s start with what we don’t know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.
“You’re eating us out of house and home!” “Do you think money grows on trees?” “What do you mean, you need a $100 pair of flip-flops?” “No, you can’t have the latest iPad the second it comes out!”
The world according to cartoonist Chris Britt, Creators Syndicate.
The world according to cartoonist Steve Breen, Creators Syndicate.
Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Interest rates could spike. China could change its currency policy. Chaos in Iraq could push up gasoline prices.
In his remarks on the murder of James Foley, the American journalist decapitated by the terrorists of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama condemned Foley’s killers, appropriately, as a “cancer” on the Middle East and the world. But he also found room for the most Obama-ish of condemnations: “One thing we can all agree on,” he insisted, is that the would-be caliphate’s murderous vision has “no place in the 21st century.”
The world according to cartoonist Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
The Federal Reserve has taken a consistent position on the “extraordinary measures” it has employed to salvage the stricken U.S. economy: Any withdrawal of the Fed’s support will depend upon progress in the labor market.
By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” So President Obama told Congress in his 2009 State of the Union address, when he called on every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn’t a horse-race column.
The world as seen by cartoonist Marshall Ramsey, The Clarion-Ledger.