The Economy Hub With Michael Hiltzik
Will new technology translate into real-world gains?

The stock market's gyrations during the last two weeks and the doubts they've raised about the strength of the U.S. economy have revived an old question about innovation and its influence on productivity: If we're really in the midst of a technology boom, how come we're not all doing better?

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Planned Parenthood takes us inside the anti-abortion video editing shop

After reeling for weeks from bad publicity tied to a string of heavily edited videos of meetings with its officials, Planned Parenthood finally has struck back.

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NLRB gives labor a major win in subcontractor case

As expected, the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday gave workers a major victory in a case over who's the boss when a big company hires a labor subcontractor to manage its workforce.

The new ruling has implications for a wide range of modern employment arrangements that leave workers wondering who's the boss.

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The truth about Carly and Tom: An old adversary's strange defense of Fiorina

Politics makes strange bedfellows, even more so when the relationship is strange to begin with.

The observation is prompted by a full-page advertisement placed in Thursday's New York Times by Carly for America, the super PAC backing former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Carly Fiorina's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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Why employers are really cutting healthcare (it's not Obamacare's Cadillac tax)

For employers, the big ogre still lurking in the mists of the Affordable Care Act is the so-called Cadillac health plan tax, a levy on employer-sponsored health insurance plans valued above a certain threshold.

The tax starts in 2018, when the thresholds will be $10,200 for single coverage and $27,500 for family plans, adjusted thereafter for inflation.

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You really want to privatize Social Security in THIS market?

The enduring mystery about President George W. Bush's old plan to privatize Social Security by moving contributions into individual savings accounts is how it survived two market crashes and decades of underperformance by workers' 401(k) accounts.

Yet this idea still walks among us, like a zombie.

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