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A number of businesses reacted to Donald Trump's comments by cutting ties with the mogul. NBC TV said it no longer would broadcast the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Univision pulled its plans to run the Miss USA pageants, and Macy's dropped his clothing line. (Associated Press)

Trump not ruining the GOP brand, the GOP is

In 2014, GOP officials in New York State put forth a full-court press to convince Donald Trump to run for governor. That seems like an eternity ago now, because today the same GOP loathes Mr. Trump so much as a presidential candidate he might as well change his name to "Ted Cruz."

The 2015 Volvo XC60 goes the extra mile. (Photo by Rita Cook)

The 2015 Volvo XC60 goes the extra mile

As I continue my summer sojourn in France this month, the Volvo folks allowed me to take the 2015 Volvo XC60 out for a few weeks in order to discover the French countryside. For the consumer looking for the perfect compact luxury crossover, new additions mean that the Volvo brand has even more charm. This coupled with an all around best in show and you'd be hard pressed to find a better vehicle for the road.

Godzilla

Bondzilla: He's tired of waiting

As the Federal Reserve winds down its printing-money-like-a-drunken-sailor program, otherwise known as quantitative easing (in most banana republics they still call it printing money), it seems like a good time to stare into the crystal ball and try and discern what is ahead for the U.S. bond market and the financial situation of the country as a whole.

A taxi driver loads luggage from a traveler into the back of his taxi. (AP Photo)

The taxi driver knows

Back during my Wall Street days, there was a saying, "If the taxi drivers are giving stock tips, you know the market is topping out." Taxi drivers know things. They have in-depth conversations with lots of people. They can feel the pulse of a nation.

A patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

... Why e-cigs are safer, but not safe

I felt as though I walked into the interrogation scene of the movie "Basic Instinct" when my patient asked me, "What are you going to do, charge me with smoking?" He was "vaping" on an electronic cigarette while he smirked at me, obviously sensing my discomfort and enjoying it.