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Hard-working autocrat Vladimir Putin, headed to to the Kemerovo coal mines.

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Hard-working autocrat Vladimir Putin, headed to to the Kemerovo coal mines.

The Heroes of Autocratic Capitalism

Bloomberg’s Brian Bremner and David J. Lynch write about the triumph — at least for the moment — of state-supported capitalism. Russia and China have stymied the widespread expectation that they would somehow transition to full-fledged democracy. On the contrary,...

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Saying you'll buy a competitor can be just a way of showing off. Especially if regulators won't allow it anyway.

Photographer: Nancy Rose

Saying you'll buy a competitor can be just a way of showing off. Especially if regulators won't allow it anyway.

Does Anyone Really Want to Buy T-Mobile? Or Are They Just Showing Off?

Well, so much for the theory that T-Mobile can’t survive on its own. For more than a year now, T-Mobile has been in the midst of a remarkable — and chest-thumpingly advertised — turnaround. Now the No. 4 U.S. wireless...

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Short sellers don't kill companies. Usually they just make sure the corpse gets put in a coffin.

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Short sellers don't kill companies. Usually they just make sure the corpse gets put in a coffin.

Short Sellers Are Self-Serving, Nutty, and Often Right

When Steve Eisman issued his report on for profit education he was called a “self-serving nutcase” who was “in the business of ruining the reputation of colleges.” Four years later, the nutcase seems to have made his point.

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