Airlines are posting record profits, but consumers may see even higher prices

Delta reported record profits in the second quarter. (AP)

The ebullient earnings reports stood in stark contrast to the industry’s dire financial state in recent years.

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Wes Bush: ‘One size does not fit all’ for Pentagon buying

Wes Bush: ‘One size does not fit all’ for Pentagon buying

Northrop Grumman’s chief executive says contracting officials should be given more flexibility.

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

A new component of Amazon’s Instant Video Web site, called Video Shorts, offers free video browsing and chance to purchase items related to the video clips.

$8.5B store merger scrambles industry landscape

$8.5B store merger scrambles industry landscape

Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar, creating a retail giant with 13,000 stores and $18 billion in sales.

Hilton to roll out a room reservation app across its brands

Hilton to roll out a room reservation app across its brands

Guests will eventually be able to use the app to unlock the door to their room.

GAO cites tax debt of DoD workers with security clearances

Employees and contractors owed $730 million in unpaid federal taxes as of June 2012, the report found.

The airlines are making millions, but there’s no relief in sight for consumers

With investors primed to reap the rewards of a newly buoyant airline industry, there is no sign that consumers would see any financial benefits.

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Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Want to reduce your health-care costs? Get moving.

Keeping physically fit helps you stay fiscally fit, too.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

So you’re the world’s greatest trader? Taxes will fix that.

Traders pay a tax of 30 percent or more on short-term capital gains. Passive indexers come out ahead.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Dealmaker quits Carlyle and big future to chase a dream

Johnson charts a path from Anacostia to Carlyle, with stops at Princeton and Harvard, then walks away.

Market News

Worries about US consumers drag stocks lower

Worries about US consumers drag stocks lower

Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week.

Wonkblog

Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

Medical marijuana laws have zero impact on teen use. None. Zilch. Nada.

The U.S. spends $15B a year to train doctors, but we don’t know what we get in return

The U.S. spends $15B a year to train doctors, but we don’t know what we get in return

Experts are offering a major overhaul to how the U.S. raises the next generation of doctors.

IMF: Rising rates, emerging market slowdown could dampen global growth

IMF: Rising rates, emerging market slowdown could dampen global growth

Spillover effects could lower GDP by 8 percent in some vulnerable countries

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On Leadership

Here is proof the boss doesn’t think like you do

Here is proof the boss doesn’t think like you do

A new study finds a divide between what employees want in their jobs — and what employers think they do

At Market Basket, the saga continues

At Market Basket, the saga continues

ON LEADERSHIP | The grocery chain’s customers are getting more involved in a corporate standoff.

In an improving economy, is age discrimination getting better or worse?

In an improving economy, is age discrimination getting better or worse?

The answer, of course, is that it’s complicated.

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How data caps could reshape the economics of the Internet (again)

How data caps could reshape the economics of the Internet (again)

What’s become an industry standard in cellular plans now seems to be spreading to fixed broadband ISPs, too. But consumers still seem pretty lost when it comes to assessing their data plans.

The Switch turns one -- and we’re having a party tonight!

The Switch turns one -- and we’re having a party tonight!

Come to our reader meet up July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Switchboard: What it’s like to be a Comcast customer service rep

Switchboard: What it’s like to be a Comcast customer service rep

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