| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:10 AM
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...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 1:37 PM
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...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 1:18 PM
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...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 3:59 PM
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...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Seven companies that can trace their start back to the University of Illinois at Chicago are highlighted in a report released this morning designed to illustrate the importance of the federal government's investment in university research.
| Nov 1, 2013
| 12:45 PM
On Nov. 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) will be reduced, creating ramifications beyond the already incomprehensible fact that more than one in eight central Maryland residents (and one in five...
| May 28, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The latest indicator that the U.S. economy is on the upswing can probably be found on the street where you live: It's the "sold" sign planted in the neighbor's yard.
Perhaps you hadn't noticed, but the real estate industry is not the moribund mess you...
| May 29, 2013
| 7:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- The global economic recovery remains weak and growth this year will be lower than projected six months ago but will pick up in 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday.
World economic output is...
| May 29, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Growing up in southern Louisiana, Shane Lopez didn't see a lot of exciting career options.
"It's oil fields, sugar cane and Tabasco plants. That's pretty much what we do," he says. "No one in my family had ever gone to college, much less finished...
| May 30, 2013
| 12:00 PM
As one of the owners of H&S Bakery, which employs hundreds of Marylanders, I was disappointed that your May 21 article, "Policy pits candy against sugar," did not mention how the federal sugar subsidy program negatively affects bakeries in our state....
| Jul 31, 2013
| 6:11 AM
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...