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  • Five years later, White House and critics fight over stimulus law

    WASHINGTON – Five years after its passage, White House officials and their Republican critics are still fighting over the merits of President Obama’s economic stimulus law. Later this week, Obama will mark the fifth anniversary of signing...
  • Fed district chief expects central bank's stimulus cuts to continue

    Fed district chief expects central bank's stimulus cuts to continue
    WASHINGTON — Brutal winter weather contributed to a downturn in job growth and other economic data, raising questions about the strength of the recovery and testing the Federal Reserve's resolve in unwinding its key bond-buying stimulus program....
  • U.S.-Mexico-Canada talks will focus on strengthening economic ties

    U.S.-Mexico-Canada talks will focus on strengthening economic ties
    MEXICO CITY — Twenty years after their countries signed a landmark regional trade agreement, the presidents of the United States, Mexico and Canada will meet this week to attempt to strengthen the economic ties envisioned in that pact, correct the...
  • It's time for a raise, America!

    Why on earth would anybody oppose raising the minimum wage in America to 10 bucks an hour -- a level no working adult would recognize as livin' large? I can think of two reasons. Actually, there are three, considering that President Barack Obama has come...
  • It's Time To Raise The Minimum Wage

    Why on earth would anybody oppose raising the minimum wage in America to 10 bucks an hour — a level no working adult would recognize as livin' large? I can think of two reasons. Actually, there are three, considering that President Barack Obama...
  • Fed's Lacker predicts more stimulus cutbacks despite modest growth

    Fed's Lacker predicts more stimulus cutbacks despite modest growth
    A top Federal Reserve official expects the central bank to continue reducing a key stimulus program even though he sees more modest growth this year than many analysts have projected. Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond,...
  • U.S. economy to grow at solid rate but labor market to recover slowly

     U.S. economy to grow at solid rate but labor market to recover slowly
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy should grow at a solid rate over the next few years, but the labor market will continue to recover only slowly, according to new projections by the Congressional Budget Office. In its latest budget and economic...
  • Does Obamacare 'distort' the labor market -- or undistort it?

    Does Obamacare 'distort' the labor market -- or undistort it?
    A fascinating debate has broken out among economists and economic pundits concerning the Congressional Budget Office's projections that the Affordable Care Act will allow -- or induce -- some workers to leave the job market. The debate is over whether,...
  • Obama's speech to focus on income inequality and social mobility

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will try to recharge his presidency by discussing the expansive divide between rich and poor in America. It's a crucial issue, and one with no easy solutions. Obama is expected to...
  • Study: Price tag of autism in the U.S. exceeds $236 billion per year

    Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million. Either of those...
  • Obama and Abbott: The U.S. and Australia make common cause in the Pacific

    Obama and Abbott: The U.S. and Australia make common cause in the Pacific
    Last week, at the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings at Normandy, we remembered how Australian airmen flew overhead as Americans and Allied forces surged ashore with extraordinary bravery and at great cost. Overlooking those sacred shores, we paid...