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A year ago or so, Congress handed America’s biggest banks a present worth $21 billion. What did the banks do with that cash? They had pledged to help small businesses and reward employees. But instead, they lent out less and cut thousands of jobs

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The last five years were collectively the world’s warmest on record.

President Donald Trump’s belated State of the Union address was a hit for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  

Trump demanded $20 million upfront to lend his name to a development in Moscow, a Ukrainian-Russian developer said

It’s beginning to look like Vladimir Putin bet on the wrong horse when it comes to the battle for control of Venezuela.

In the U.K., the prospect of a calamitous exit from the European Union is becoming increasingly likely.

U.S. employees at this insurer will soon have a choice: The company will put money toward their student loans if they give up vacation days.

What’s Joe Weisenthal thinking about? The Bloomberg news director said that with interest rates so low, there’s always someone worrying about what the Fed could do if the economy went south. One idea gaining credence is for the central bank to employ negative rates

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“This is the Eighth Wonder of the World.” So declared Trump last June at Foxconn’s new factory in Wisconsin. In exchange for more than $4.5 billion in government incentives, Foxconn agreed to build a high-tech hub and create 13,000 good-paying jobs. A lot of that, Bloomberg Businessweek reports, may never happen.

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