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Washington’s Fight Over Taxes Is Only Beginning

WASHINGTON — Never mind that “once in a generation” tax bill that just passed last year. Congress is headed for years more of big fights over taxes, particularly those for individuals. That tax battle is a byproduct of America’s polarized political climate and of the go-it-alone choices Republicans made to ...

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Ties to the N.R.A. Leave Companies Scrambling for Cover

Advertisement Within hours of announcing its decision to end a credit card relationship with the National Rifle Association, the First National Bank of Omaha found itself thrust into the center of the resurgent national gun debate. Its Twitter and Facebook pages were flooded with comments. Some customers applauded the 160-year-old ...

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Beijing Takes Over Anbang, Insurer That Owns Waldorf Astoria

Advertisement BEIJING — The Chinese government said on Friday that it had seized control of Anbang Insurance, the troubled Chinese company that owns the Waldorf Astoria hotel and other marquee properties around the world, and charged its former chairman with economic crimes. The move is Beijing’s biggest effort yet to ...

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Fed Officials Say Economy Is Ready for Higher Rates

Advertisement WASHINGTON — Robust economic growth has increased the confidence of Federal Reserve officials that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, according to an official account of the central bank’s most recent policymaking meeting in late January. The Fed did not raise its benchmark interest rate at the ...

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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate. The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted ...

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Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — The currency they were after was virtual, but the guns they carried were anything but. In the beach resort of Phuket, Thailand, last month, the assailants pushed their victim, a young Russian man, into his apartment and kept him there, blindfolded, until he logged onto his ...

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To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — In 2014, Russians working for a shadowy firm called the Internet Research Agency started gathering American followers in online groups focused on issues like religion and immigration. Around mid-2015, the Russians began buying digital ads to spread their messages. A year later, they tapped their followers ...

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Is It ‘Natural’? Consumers, and Lawyers, Want to Know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals ...

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