Rick Newman


December 2009


How the Senate Bill Would Change Healthcare

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It’s not official yet—but it’s getting awfully close. With the Senate finally passing an $871 billion healthcare reform bill, there’s just one major step left before the most sweeping healthcare legislation in at least 45 years becomes law. Senate negotiators will next meet with their counterparts ...

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health care

The Worst College Bowl Sponsors

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The “Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.” I can live with that. Chips. A party. Football. They go together.

But a lot of the other college bowls are horrific-sounding concoctions that George Orwell couldn’t have dreamed up. The marketing geniuses who ink these sponsorship deals mainly care about just one ...

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college athletics

How Health Insurers Are Escaping the Noose

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President Obama has vilified them, and free-market defenders have worried that health care reform could drive them out of business. But health insurers seem to be quite hale, thank you.

Health reform is obviously a work in progress, with dozens of factors that could still tilt the outcome one way or ...

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How to Live Happily on 75 Percent Less

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Nine months after getting laid off, Catherine Goerz once again became part of the rush-hour commute—in a way she'd never anticipated. 

To pick up extra cash, Goerz took a temporary job handing out fliers touting the benefits of public transportation in the San Francisco subway system.

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Why Tiger Woods Will Come Roaring Back

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Here's the delusion of the century: Tiger Woods will retire from golf.

If you believe that, of course, there are some consequences that naturally follow. Golf will become boring again. CBS and NBC will lose rivers of money as viewers flee the PGA Tour and start watching bowling or playing Monopoly ...

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Woods, Tiger

What Obama Tells His Banker Pals

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An imagined conversation:

President Obama: Thanks for coming to the White House, everybody. I know how miserable it is to fly commercial, but thanks for doing it and for taking the subway over from the airport. The American people will appreciate that.

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs: I got gum on my ...

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Obama, Barack
banking

The 10 Best Discontinued Cars

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With automakers finally starting to reel in their rebates, $4,000 off the price of any new Saturn sounds like a sweetheart deal. The hefty discount brings the starting price of the sexy Sky roadster down to the low 20s, making it one of the cheapest sporty convertibles on the market. And it drops ...

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cars
Toyota
Honda

Why Rich Consumers Matter More

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Here's something odd: Consumer spending is drifting upward, raising hopes for an economic recovery. Yet the unemployment rate is spiking like a scary fever, with jobs more scarce than at any time since the 1930s.

Does this make sense? Where are unemployed consumers getting the money to buy new ...

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wealth

A Lesson From AIG: How to Fix the Fed

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Of all the villains responsible for the Great Economic Wipeout, the Federal Reserve is pretty far down the list. It's certainly behind members of Congress who deregulated the banks in 1999, allowing once staid institutions to gamble recklessly. Then there are notorious CEOs like Martin Sullivan of ...

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bailout
AIG, Inc.

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