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  • Fed cements tapering with another cut in bond-buying stimulus

    Fed cements tapering with another cut in bond-buying stimulus
    WASHINGTON — Shrugging off the recent turbulence in financial markets, the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat take on the U.S. economy and went through with a second straight cut to its large bond-buying stimulus program. Although the decision to...
  • Economy expands at solid 3.2% annual rate in fourth quarter

    Economy expands at solid 3.2% annual rate in fourth quarter
    WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending ended last year with a flourish, lifting overall economic growth and renewing hopes that the recovery will hit its stride this year and boost employment and incomes. The economy expanded at a solid 3.2% annual...
  • Stocks fall to close out bad month

    The stock market closed out its worst month in more than a year and a half as turmoil in the developing world sparked a broad decline in U.S. share prices. The Dow Jones industrial average slumped nearly 150 points to end January with a 5.3% drop, its...
  • ALEC fires back, but proves its 'pro-business' state index is bogus

    ALEC fires back, but proves its 'pro-business' state index is bogus
    Plainly stung by the chorus of ridicule that has greeted their latest attempt to paint anti-union policies and tax cuts for the rich as pathways to economic nirvana, the folks at the American Legislative Exchange Council have struck back with a...
  • Consumer confidence rebounds to near post-Great Recession high

    Consumer confidence rebounds to near post-Great Recession high
    WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence rebounded sharply this month to near a post-Great Recession high since 2007 as Americans were more positive about their financial situation and outlook for the economy, according to a leading private barometer released...
  • California Democrats seek to lower CEO pay with tax cudgel

    This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Some California lawmakers worry that California is losing too many businesses to other states. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) evidently worry that we're not...
  • Obama is right to put spotlight on economic inequality

    You may have missed it, given the launch of the Christmas shopping season and all the foofaraw about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but earlier this month Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency. The topic was the rising...
  • A 'do-nothing Congress' for the record books?

    WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific. Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...
  • If healthcare usage is surging, where are the healthcare jobs?

    If healthcare usage is surging, where are the healthcare jobs?
    You may have thought the headline number from last week's report on the U.S. economy was its weak overall growth in the first quarter of this year (0.1% at an annual rate). But for health economists, the big news was the huge surge in household...
  • Climate change's effect here: More severe weather, higher crop yields

    Climate change's effect here: More severe weather, higher crop yields
    Climate change is expected to bring more severe weather, increased crop yields and a longer Great Lakes shipping season to Illinois and the Midwest, the White House said Tuesday in its report on global warming. The report, which called out the region...
  • Surprise! 'Pro-business' policies hurt state economic growth

    Surprise! 'Pro-business' policies hurt state economic growth
    Conservative economic pundits just love to justify "business-friendly" policies to state governments as keys to job growth, which after all is the whole ballgame in economic policy-making. As Menzie Chinn of the University of Wisconsin has now shown,...