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  • Wall Street's Fed fixation

     Wall Street's Fed fixation
    Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke could not have been more precise about the projected cutbacks in the monthly $85-billion bond-buying program. He said in December that the Fed would continue the program until the national unemployment rate fell to 6.5%. And...
  • How the government shutdown killed the economic recovery

    How the government shutdown killed the economic recovery
    We'll be seeing lots more data like these, but the White House Council of Economic Advisers is reporting that the government shutdown took a huge bite out of economic growth--and that the impact will linger.  The chart above shows the effect on economic...
  • South Africa stumbles while looking to market itself abroad

    South Africa stumbles while looking to market itself abroad
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Brand South Africa, the body charged with marketing the nation abroad, has had a tough month. The International Monetary Fund on Oct. 1 downgraded its growth forecast for South Africa and called on the government to take...
  • Commentary: We must act to protect Proposition 13

    The sheer volume of legislation flowing through the state Capitol at any given time can be overwhelming — Gov. Jerry Brown signed 800 bills into law this year alone. But if there's one issue Californians should know about if they own or plan on...
  • The acid test for the GOP's ability to govern: immigration reform

    The acid test for the GOP's ability to govern: immigration reform
    You know a bill is in trouble in Congress when its opponents come up with increasingly infantile reasons for killing it. That's the coming fate of immigration reform in Washington. To hear House Republicans talk, it's worth killing because (a) passing...
  • Economic growth picked up in second quarter to 1.7% annual rate

    Economic growth picked up in second quarter to 1.7% annual rate
    WASHINGTON -- Economic growth unexpectedly picked up in the second quarter of the year, expanding at a still-sluggish 1.7% annual rate, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The figure was a significant improvement over the 1.1% growth rate in the...
  • Five takeaways from July's jobs report

    Five takeaways from July's jobs report
    The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July -- led by hiring in restaurants and retail stores. Economists had been projecting higher growth based on encouraging economic indicators showing that housing is rebounding quickly, consumer confidence is...
  • Does America need unions? An ex-Wall Streeter says yes

    Does America need unions? An ex-Wall Streeter says yes
    Do free-market capitalists need to rethink their position on organized labor? Henry Blodget thinks so. In fact, Blodget wrote Friday, the country may need unions to help the economy grow faster. Wait, what? Blodget -- a stock analyst who left Wall...
  • Bank of England to keep stimulus until unemployment drops to 7%

    Bank of England to keep stimulus until unemployment drops to 7%
    WASHINGTON -- The Bank of England on Wednesday said it would maintain its stimulus program until the unemployment rate falls to 7%, following the same strategy as the U.S. Federal Reserve in providing an explicit target for when it would raise interest...
  • Rural Maryland needs immigration reform

    Rural Maryland needs immigration reform
    Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common-sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction — especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. The historic...
  • Who should be the next Federal Reserve chair?

    Who should be the next Federal Reserve chair?
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke plans to step down when his term expires at the end of January — if not sooner — and President Barack Obama is expected to nominate a successor this fall. Right now, the front-runners appear to be former...