Political Capital

Consumer Confidence

Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

Photograph by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

Warren Report: Made Obama ‘Nervous’

President Barack Obama once told Elizabeth Warren, creator of the consumer protection agency, that she was making Wall Street bankers and Senate Republicans “very nervous.” So writes Warren, the first female senator from Massachusetts, in a memoir recounting many things...

Read more »

Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.1

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged minus 30.1 in the first three months of this year. That’s the strongest first-quarter rating for the consumer sentiment gauge since 2007, before the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression took hold. The...

Read more »

California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco.

California Democrats Skip Lobbyist Golf Tour as Yee Case Plays Out

California’s Senate Democrats won’t  be spending this weekend on the grounds of the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, home to an annual outing known as the “Pro Tem Cup” where high-priced lobbyists pay $65,000 to pal up...

Read more »

Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare Views: ‘So Predictable’

“I knew it all along. You’re so predictable. I knew something would go wrong (something’s always wrong) . So you don’t have to call or say anything at all. You’re so predictable (so predictable).” – Good Charlotte We’ve seen it...

Read more »


Employees assemble components of a Jeep Cherokee at the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Photograph by Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Employees assemble components of a Jeep Cherokee at the Chrysler Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Job Market Looking Up — After Bottoming Out: Gallup

“I’ve been down so very damn long that it looks like up to me.” – The Doors Considering that, just a few years ago, only eight percent of Americans surveyed said it looked like a good time to find a...

Read more »

People take 'selfies' in front of a painting by British street artist Banksy on Oct. 24, 2013 in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.

Photograph by John Moore/Getty Images

People take 'selfies' in front of a painting by British street artist Banksy on Oct. 24, 2013 in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.

Millennials Come of Age: Optimistic, Independent, Diverse and Digital

The millennials have come of age. And these are not your father’s voters. Fully half of those people now ranging in age from 18 to 33 consider themselves politically independent and “are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion,” the...

Read more »

Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Job recruiter Pedro Gonzalez, right, speaks to Daniel Laminitis during the Choice Career Fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.6%

With unemployment down to 6.6 percent nationally — as reported in the Labor Department’s latest January survey — the overview obscures the range of joblessness measured around the country. Bloomberg’s Alex Tanzi has tallied the numbers by Federal Reserve District,...

Read more »

Customers at a Uniqlo Co. store in New York City.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Customers at a Uniqlo Co. store in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.9

Consumer comfort has taken a hit lately — at all economic strata: – The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for Americans earning at least $100,000 per year was 2.9 in the week ended Feb. 2, the lowest among that group since...

Read more »

Painted guitars hang to dry after being lacquered at the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee.

Photograph by Jeff Adkins/Bloomberg

Painted guitars hang to dry after being lacquered at the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gibson’s Government Series Fit for a Tea Party

Gibson Guitar, which provided a rallying cry for the Tea Party after a series of federal raids on its Nashville factory beginning in 2009, is putting out a new line of guitars tweaking its tormentors. “Fight the Powers That Be,”...

Read more »