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NEWS
July 5, 2000 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann's column appears in this space every Wednesday
Don't look now, but over the past six weeks, we've quietly entered a new era for U.S. foreign policy. A decade after the end of the Cold War, we now have the Corporate Peace. Since mid-May, the American business community has won a breathtaking series of victories in Washington, stripping away the sanctions that have somewhat limited its overseas operations.
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BUSINESS
July 5, 2000 | DEBORA VRANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Merger activity among U.S. companies continued to slow in the second quarter, as rising interest rates and falling stock prices hampered potential acquirors. The number of announced deals totaled 2,210 in the quarter, down 22% from the second quarter of 1999, according to figures from Thomson Financial Securities Data. The dollar volume of deals announced fell to $323 billion from $477 billion a year earlier, a 32% decline.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2000 | From Bloomberg News
A U.S. law enforcement official confirmed reports that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether a U.S. financial consultant improperly funneled tens of millions of dollars from major oil companies to Kazakh President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev and other leaders of the oil-rich former Soviet republic. Exxon Mobil Corp.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2000 | From Reuters
The FBI is investigating whether a U.S. businessman illegally funneled $35 million from three oil companies to high-ranking Kazakhstan officials, including President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Newsweek reported Sunday. The investigation comes as the United States, Russia and Iran vie to win Kazakh approval for competing oil-export routes for the former Soviet republic's potentially vast oil reserves.
NEWS
June 15, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Amid the din of million-dollar parties and free employee BMWs that have come to define the excesses of the "dot-com" era, the quiet voice of frugality is being heard. Fiscal reason has been an oxymoron in high-tech centers around the country since the dawning of the "new economy." With billions of dollars being thrown around, spending big was an easy way to get attention and seem successful.
NEWS
May 29, 2000 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the nation's biggest companies, with their outsize appetites for political influence, are helping foot the bill for the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. The dollars--including a substantial amount from corporations dealing with the federal government--are crucial for the financing of the most extravagant act of political theater here since John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1960.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The black Aztec eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers of America, is quietly extending its wings beyond the fields of rural California to touch the skylines of America's cities. With little fanfare, the labor organization and its affiliates are looking to expand their growing radio network in cities such as Las Vegas, where gambling, not agriculture, is the cash crop. They are acquiring and rehabilitating low-income urban housing in California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The fate of the Clinton administration's plan to force a 10% reduction in air pollution nationwide will be decided next year by the Supreme Court. The anti-smog rules, if put into effect, would make breathing easier for millions and spare thousands from asthma and respiratory ailments, the administration says. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it would cost American business at least $46 billion a year to comply with the standards. Last year, a U.S.
NEWS
May 22, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
Future historians are likely to consider it a sign of the times that ABC has decided to air "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" no less than four nights a week this fall. This is an era when the money culture is overshadowing the public culture, when the government seems enfeebled and the free market robust.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
Banks were much more cautious about lending to businesses in the last three months, citing some uncertainties about the economy's outlook, the Federal Reserve said Friday. At the same time, consumer demand for home mortgage loans continued to decrease, reflecting higher interest rates, according to the Fed survey of loan officers from 57 large domestic banks and 21 U.S. branches of foreign banks.
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