The dark side of China’s heavy-handed response to its plunging stock markets

(China Stringer Network / Reuters)

Beijing is addicted to intervening in its markets, and that spells trouble for the economy.

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Under Jeb Bush, housing prices fueled Florida’s boom. Then it all went bust.

Under Jeb Bush, housing prices fueled Florida’s boom. Then it all went bust.

The presidential hopeful points to his state’s economic success, but critics say the fallout hurt the middle class.

Main Street Morning: Senate votes to preserve Ex-Im Bank

Main Street Morning: Senate votes to preserve Ex-Im Bank

Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

Why Uber is winning in China

Why Uber is winning in China

Most U.S. tech companies fail in China. Uber’s unique path is paying off.

How employee benefits at D.C.-area companies are changing, in 2 charts

How employee benefits at D.C.-area companies are changing, in 2 charts

The share of payroll costs devoted to benefits fell as cheaper perks such as wellness programs have grown.

Clinton outlines steps to curb U.S. companies’ focus on short-term profits

Clinton outlines steps to curb U.S. companies’ focus on short-term profits

She derides “quarterly capitalism” as harmful to middle-class wages and long-term national economic growth.

FCC approves AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV

FCC approves AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV

The $49 billion deal gives AT&T control of DirecTV’s 20.4 million customers and valuable programming.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

There is no fail-safe for online data, but you can find ways to be vigilant

LifeLock case shows identity-theft services are limited in what they can do and still can leave you exposed.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

The travels and travails of the macro tourist

Beware the money manager who chases the big headlines with your cash.

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Afraid your retirement nest egg won’t last long? You’re not alone.

Feeling better about your financial situation can start with having a frank discussion with a financial expert.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

For tax techies, P&G’s deal with Coty is a thing of beauty

But for people whose stomachs churn when U.S. companies go to great lengths to avoid taxes, not so much.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

That server who just sold you a latte auditioned for that job through video

Lanham-based JobOn sells software that allows job-hunters to videotape their applications.

Market News

China stocks see biggest drop since 2007

China stocks see biggest drop since 2007

The Shanghai share index dived more than 8 percent Monday as Chinese stocks suffered a renewed sell-off despite government efforts to calm the market.

Wonkblog

Why Boston is smart to bail on the Olympic Games

Why Boston is smart to bail on the Olympic Games

Taxpayers never bought the cynical claim that they have to host a mega sports event just to fix their problems.

Not all fake medicines are created equal

The placebo effect is real, and more complicated than we even knew.

PETA advocates for the ethical treatment of humans

PETA advocates for the ethical treatment of humans

The animal rights group has found a new weapon in its battle against animals being used for entertainment: The idea that their handlers are in danger.

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LinkedIn reverses course after backlash from its users

LinkedIn reverses course after backlash from its users

More and more companies have made changes to their products or services only to then confront an outcry from consumers on social media, and backtrack in response.

In Silicon Valley, many want sharing salary info to be less taboo

In Silicon Valley, many want sharing salary info to be less taboo

A former Google engineer is getting praise for broaching the taboo subject.

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The cities where people have the most credit card debt

The cities where people have the most credit card debt

The cities with the highest average credit card debt aren’t necessarily the ones where borrowers are struggling the most.

The real costs to renting your home on sites like Airbnb

The real costs to renting your home  on sites like Airbnb

Letting others stay in your home can be an easy way to earn extra cash. But don’t forget taxes, booking fees and insurance costs.

The Switch

Twitter’s got some growing up to do

Twitter’s got some growing up to do

Twitter has to resolve a central question: What does it want to be when it grows up?

Planned Parenthood’s Web site on the defense after hacking claims

Planned Parenthood’s Web site on the defense after hacking claims

Planned Parenthood blamed “extremists” who oppose the group’s “mission and services.“

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