Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik Columnist
Amazon's $290 e-reader misfire: A hands-on review of the new Kindle Oasis

As a devoted reader of e-books and an early adopter of consumer technology, I felt a visceral frisson of anticipation in April, when Amazon announced its newest, gaudiest Kindle e-reader.

The Oasis was unimaginably thin and light, came with a detachable leather cover with an integrated battery that would extend the time between recharging from weeks to months.

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What do Ken Starr, Bank of America and crimes without criminals have in common?

Way back in 1873, Congress investigated the financing of the transcontinental railroad, which involved the distribution of shares in the shadowy firm Credit Mobilier to members of the House, the vice president and others in the Grant administration.

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Mergers in the healthcare sector: why you'll pay more

We know all about the benefits in store for us when big hospital chains merge and bigger health insurance companies grow even bigger: 

Lower prices. More efficient healthcare. More innovation. Better customer service.

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Tip of the iceberg? Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the ancient offense of 'champerty'

Let's start with the disclaimers.

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Congress exploits Zika to loosen pesticide regulations (but won't pay for an anti-Zika program)

Chronic dysfunction on Capitol Hill is often cause for amusement, but not when lives and public health are at stake. That's what's happening now, with the menace of the spread of the Zika virus to the United States becoming ever more concrete.

The House and Senate haven't been utterly idle on the Zika front. Their actions have been merely inadequate and cynical.

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The legal technicality that let BofA skate on an alleged billion-dollar mortgage fraud

If I'm ever dragged into court for a financial fraud, I want to throw myself on the mercy of Judge Richard C. Wesley.

Wesley is the U.S. appeals court judge in New York who, with his colleagues Reena Raggi and Christopher F. Droney, found a loophole in federal fraud law big enough for the nation's second-largest bank to fit through without even scratching a fender.

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