Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author. Read my new book Big Science and my blog The Economy Hub mhiltzik@latimes.com

A debt limit fight--again?

latimes.com — You almost can set your watch by the recurrence of the federal debt limit showdown in Washington, and you certainly can paper your walls with the letters that have gone from the Treasury Department to Congress warning of dire consequences fro failing to raise it. Here it is again. Treasury Secretary...

The Obama Administration really is worried about the U.S. economy

latimes.com — The natural instinct of the people making economic policy at any given time is to put the best gloss on fresh economic data; that's why the White House described Friday's fairly dismal job numbers for September as marking " the 67th straight month of private sector job growth, extending the longest streak on record."

By banning Apple TV and Chromecast, Amazon shows what it means to be a monopolist

latimes.com — One of the questions routinely faced by government regulators and consumer advocates is whether a company can get so big that it starts acting against its own customers' interests.
Oct 02, 2015

Rare misfire by @hiltzikm -- Amazon's not remotely a monopoly. (Note: I'm a small shareholder.) latimes.com/business/hiltz…

The obvious solution to the Postal Service's problems that no one notices

latimes.com — The U.S. Postal Service might rightly be consider the sick man of government agencies. It's squeezed between two immutable facts: The U.S. Constitution and federal law require it to operate everywhere in the country, without discrimination; and its core business, delivering first-class letters, is inexorably going away.

A U.S. judge blocks the latest attack on teachers' political speech

latimes.com — The lawsuit known as Bain v. California Federation of Teachers always had a Lewis Carroll flavor. As we reported in May , it was an attack on the collective voice of teachers masquerading as a defense of free speech. A complaint about teachers being excluded from their unions' policy discussions,...

No surprise: That Airbnb study of rentals in L.A. isn't what it seems

latimes.com — The home-sharing company Airbnb has come under attack in some communities in Los Angeles and elsewhere for its putative negative impact on their quality of life. So it pushed back Tuesday with a study purporting to show that its influence is much more benign than critics say.
Sep 30, 2015

RT @thetens: Airbnb lies about UCLA involvement in questionable study the company published: latimes.com/business/hiltz…

GMO controversy: when do demands for scientists' records turn into harassment?

latimes.com — The debate over genetically-modified organisms in our food is one of our two most politicized scientific discussions, along with those on climate change. In each case, the scientific consensus is firmly on one side: that GMOs are safe, and that human-induced climate change is real.
Sep 30, 2015

Intimidation or harassment? @hiltzikm examines recent cases involving climate and biotech scientists. latimes.com/business/hiltz… @sejorg

First PBS, now Brookings: Has another institution sold its soul?

articles.latimes.com — The assiduous billionaire-tracker David Sirota, who last exposed the connections between billionaire John Arnold and a suspiciously one-sided series on public pension reform that ran on Public Broadcasting Service stations, is at it again. Now he's uncovered Arnold's backing of a largely pro-"reform" report on public pensions issued by the Brookings Institution.

A huge water district defends a secret handout

latimes.com — The Westlands Water District, which reached a legal settlement with the federal government earlier this month after months of confidential negotiations, takes issue with my description of the deal  as a secret arrangement that guarantees the district a permanent water supply while hamstringing policy-makers' ability to plan for drought and climate change.

Has Uber already peaked?

latimes.com — The ride-hailing service Uber is unquestionably one of the defining phenomena of our digital era. But much of the excitement it generates in the investment community comes from the notion that its growth is unstoppable -- that sooner or later Uber will, well, reign uber alles.
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Oct 04, 2015

Excited to be speaking today at 11 a.m., PT, at Center for Inquiry--subject: The Art and Science of Debunking centerforinquiry.net/la/events/the_…

Oct 04, 2015

RT @BenedictEvans: Maybe this 'water' could scale up enough to support building city-wide distribution networks? Some sort of pipe? twitter.com/amcafee/status…

Oct 03, 2015

I prefer to look at it as winning after you've had a 99% chance of losing twitter.com/mugwump2/statu…

Oct 03, 2015

Without the Angels' 2 errors and various other muffed plays, the popup wouldn't matter...give the Halos' their due twitter.com/mugwump2/statu…

Oct 03, 2015

That was beyond a doubt the most amazing ballgame I have seen in 29 years. #AngelsvsRangers

Oct 03, 2015

It's news, period. Pretending this crime was perpetrated by the Phantom isn't close to an answer. twitter.com/cblazina/statu…

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