| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| Oct 24, 2013
The feeling inside the GOP these days can be summed up in a paraphrase of a line by an old French Marxist: "Hell is other Republicans."
After a government shutdown that was foreseen as a failure even by many of those who haplessly provoked it, the party...
| Oct 2, 2013
Last week, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republicans declared that they had two clear goals in this fall's battle over federal spending: no government shutdown, and no implementation of Obamacare.
As of Tuesday, the GOP had failed on...
| Dec 20, 2013
"Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:22 PM
Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, arguing that the status quo is failing millions of Californians and staking his campaign on his ability to create jobs and improve public schools.
| Dec 6, 2013
| 8:20 AM
WASHINGTON -- Big gains in factory and construction jobs last month have experts optimistic that the labor market is starting to produce enough higher-paying jobs to fuel stronger economic growth.
"It's not just the quantity of the jobs but the quality,...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 11:15 AM
WASHINGTON -- A top Federal Reserve official said Monday he was "getting more hopeful" about the economic recovery and declared the private sector nearly healed from the Great Recession.
William C. Dudley, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 8:23 AM
WASHINGTON -- A leading barometer of consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level this year as the partial federal government shutdown led to fears the economic recovery would slow down.
The consumer sentiment index from the University...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:05 AM
Donations to the 400 charities in the U.S. that raise the most money are slowing in 2013 after climbing 4% the year before, according to a new report released this morning by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The slowdown in post-recession philanthropy...
| 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 25, 2014
| 8:17 AM
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner is headed to the White House to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, but expectations are low that much will come from their first face-to-face session in more than a year.
Ever since the failed talks between...