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  • As Black Friday nears, consumer sentiment drops further

    WASHINGTON -- For retailers, this is not comforting news on the eve of Black Friday: Consumer sentiment continued to sag this month, failing to rebound from the plunge in October caused by the federal government shutdown and budget impasse in Washington....
  • Bad Idea To Block Holiday Employment

    For a lot of people, there's nothing black about Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and there's nothing wrong with starting it early. The Friday after Thanksgiving has been so named because it can turn retailers' ledger sheets...
  • Shoppers come out for calmer Black Friday

    Shoppers come out for calmer Black Friday
    Opposed to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, Betty Allen of West Friendship waited until midnight to head to Walmart in Ellicott City for $2 DVDs and then shopped through the night without crowds to buy boots and clothing for her four children with stops at...
  • Stocks skid for third straight day; Dow drops below 16,000

    Stocks skid for third straight day; Dow drops below 16,000
    The stock market suffered its first three-day losing streak since late September, an indication that share prices may have gotten ahead of themselves in this year's furious rally. The Dow Jones industrial average slid below 16,000 as portfolio...
  • Another completely bogus poll on the national debt

    You have to hand it to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for its craftiness. The offspring of hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson, the foundation knows no obstacles when it comes to pushing its agenda of cutting government spending, especially on Social...
  • The House GOP dials a wrong number on the chained CPI

    We've documented how the chained CPI--that new and supposedly "more accurate" inflation index that deficit hawks want to impose on Social Security--is really just an unwarranted benefit cut for the elderly. (You can find some of our columns on the topic...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Expand Social Security!

    We've been making the case for years that the proper approach to Social Security is to expand it -- increase benefits and bring more people into its embrace, including college-age survivors of deceased workers. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has now made...
  • 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...
  • Economic recovery outlook improves after government shutdown

     Economic recovery outlook improves after government shutdown
    WASHINGTON — The nation's economic recovery, seemingly stuck in another pothole after the 16-day federal government shutdown, now looks to be back on track again — and accelerating into the new year. Recent data, especially this week, have...
  • Should there be a minimum wage increase nationwide?

    Should there be a minimum wage increase nationwide?
    A one-day strike was held Thursday by fast-food workers in cities around the country, including Hartford, in support of raising the minimum wage. Democrats in Congress are pushing a bill that would gradually  raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 and...
  • The gas tax's 'toll on America' is already too heavy [Letter]

    The gas tax's 'toll on America' is already too heavy [Letter]
    I read with astonishment your editorial calling for a 15-cent increase in the federal gas tax, to 33.4 cents per gallon ("The toll on America," Dec. 5). This is on the heels of Gov. Martin O'Malley's hike in the state gas tax, which will go up every...