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Stories in the category Business

The long arm of Blackwater

By Laurie Bennett

April 15, 2015 at 8:27am

Four former Blackwater guards were sentenced this week to long prison terms for killing Iraqi citizens in 2007.

Pharma and medical centers

By Laurie Bennett

January 4, 2015 at 12:02pm

In addition to spending millions to maintain a high profile in Washington, the pharmaceutical industry has a strong presence on the boards of hospitals and research centers around the country.

Sony Pictures chair has many ties to Obama

By Laurie Bennett

December 22, 2014 at 9:29am

It was more than a little surprising to hear President Obama criticize Sony Pictures last week, given the company chairman’s longtime support of the White House.

Olympia Snow finds a place in the corporate world

By Laurie Bennett

December 4, 2014 at 7:32pm

After 34 years on Capitol Hill, Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine has found a new niche in business.

Sheila Bair builds a network

By Laurie Bennett

October 6, 2014 at 11:20am

It takes top-shelf connections to increase one’s influence after heading the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Jeff Bezos’s reading list gets shorter still

By Muckety

September 29, 2014 at 8:35am

The literary world’s response to the battle between Amazon and Hachette is reaching near-epic proportions.

Urban Outfitters lives up to its reputation

By Laurie Bennett

September 16, 2014 at 9:14am

Once again, Urban Outfitters is in the news for an offensive product.

Fitbit hires a connected lobby firm

By Laurie Bennett

September 14, 2014 at 9:04am

Fitbit, maker of health-monitoring devices, has joined the legions of companies lobbying Washington.

Top U.S. government contractors are also investors in Russia

By Muckety

September 5, 2014 at 1:36pm

So far, U.S. sanctions designed to punish Vladimir Putin for his aggression in the Ukraine have targeted Russian individuals and companies.

The Education Department & its ties to the learning industry

By Laurie Bennett

August 13, 2014 at 9:34am

For many, the recent collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc., demonstrated the pitfalls of moving America’s education system to the for-profit sector.

From regulators to riches

By Laurie Bennett

August 12, 2014 at 9:25am

The revolving door turned quickly for Scott O’Malia.

Cyber security: where government retirees and VCs meet

By Laurie Bennett

August 7, 2014 at 9:09am

One would think that the theft of more than a billion passwords is good news only for the Russian crime ring that coordinated it.

Former NSA chief charts path to riches

By Laurie Bennett

August 6, 2014 at 8:10am

It hardly seemed possible that Keith Alexander the civilian could stir more outrage than Keith Alexander the cyber surveillance chief.

U.S. business interests in Ukraine

By Laurie Bennett

August 4, 2014 at 7:30am

American concerns about the upheaval in Ukraine are not simply humanitarian.

Virgin America files for IPO

By Muckety

July 28, 2014 at 10:14am

Virgin America, the U.S. airline partly owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, has filed documents for a public offering.

Putin, Russian business and U.S. sanctions

By Laurie Bennett

July 22, 2014 at 1:27pm

While the U.S. is calling on European leaders to step up sanctions against Russia for its aggression in Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, there is still plenty of room for the White House to tighten the screws.

Reynolds American buying Lorillard

By Laurie Bennett

July 15, 2014 at 8:33am

Two of the world’s largest tobacco companies want to merge.

Google Glass creator jumps to Amazon

By Laurie Bennett

July 14, 2014 at 8:10am

Babak Parviz, the creator of Google Glass, is moving to Amazon.

Major U.S. companies profit from Ex-Imp Bank help

By Laurie Bennett

July 10, 2014 at 9:53am

The future of the U.S. Export-Import Bank is again up for debate, as many conservatives attack it as a corporate slush fund.

Big coal and the federal leasing program

By Laurie Bennett

July 9, 2014 at 2:36pm

The federal government’s coal leasing program, overseen by the Bureau of Land Management, is derided by both Democrats and Republicans.



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