| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:13 PM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party's base....
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Chalk it up to Republican obstinacy, Democratic opposition, or just plain common sense, the White House has dropped the noxious chained CPI from its Social Security proposals for the upcoming federal budget.
The chained consumer price index is a new way...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:35 AM
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices were unchanged last month, the government said Tuesday, keeping inflation running low as Federal Reserve policymakers start a two-day meeting to decide if the economy is strong enough to begin reducing a key stimulus program....
| Nov 26, 2013
After a steady decline that started Sept. 1, gasoline prices have marched upward during the last two weeks ??? just in time for when millions of Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving week and the traditional start of the holiday......
| Apr 15, 2013
— Well, at least we're starting to get the procedure right. Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget.
| Jul 17, 2012
| 9:35 AM
The cost of living actually declined 0.9 percent in June in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, thanks to big drops in energy prices, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
Just two months previously, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Kirk-Habicht Co. in Essex doesn't do much business in Europe, but problems on the continent are buffeting the manufacturer all the same.
Its employees rely on a heavy wire to make springs tough enough for trucks, and the only plant they know of that...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 11:27 AM
European leaders are working feverishly to create what German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling a "fiscal union" to restore private investor confidence in Europe and rekindle growth. Unfortunately, what she advocates will thrust Europe into a deeper...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 3:29 PM
Q. At a time of near-record food prices, Pope Benedict XVI has denounced speculation in commodities markets as “immoral” and called food and water “a basic human right.” According to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization,...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 5:05 PM
HARTFORD — Marquis Smith of New Haven takes home less than $300 a week from his minimum wage job at a mall gift shop.
The 26-year-old Iraq War veteran is single and doesn't have kids, "but even with that being the case,'' he said, "it's still...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:07 AM
"Gas prices are outrageous."
Catherine Bell, a 66-year-old Social Security Administration retiree, was not happy Tuesday as she filled up her Chrysler at a Howard Street BP Amoco gas station in Baltimore. "You'll see when you get to retirement and you're...