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  • Since when can't Ben Bernanke refinance his Washington house?

    Since when can't Ben Bernanke refinance his Washington house?
    The account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke of how he couldn't refinance his Washington townhouse seemed the perfect example of mortgage lending standards that many complain are too tight.  Lending experts, though, said Bernanke's...
  • Fading Hong Kong protests still a challenge to China's image

    HONG KONG China hasn't said much about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, other than trotting out its state media to describe the protesters as fringe extremists, small in number, causing chaos in one of Asia's major trading centers. Now, as the...
  • We're not getting the federal government we deserve

     We're not getting the federal government we deserve
    Whatever happened to good old American know-how? The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence. The Secret Service can't protect the White House. Public health authorities can't get their arms around a one-man...
  • Obama meeting with Israel premier points up disagreements

    Obama meeting with Israel premier points up disagreements
    After a summer of tension over the war in the Gaza Strip, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered a new season of troubles in their often-fraught relationship with a meeting Wednesday that highlighted hard disagreements...
  • Special Report: In 'Umbrella Revolution,' China confronts limits of its power

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - In the heart of Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated districts on earth, an abandoned Hong Kong police van is enveloped in the student-led demonstrations paralyzing swathes of the city. Along with yellow ribbons and flowers,...
  • U.S. oil production is booming but hampered by export ban

    One of the economy's good-news stories is the oil boom, a derivative of the natural gas boom. When the drilling techniques used to tap vast new reservoirs of natural gas were applied to oil, they yielded similarly astounding results. Since 2008, U.S....
  • The end of marriage [Commentary]

    Ward and June. Ozzie and Harriet. Jim and Margaret Anderson. If you recognize those couples — and if you grew up wishing they were your parents — you likely hearken to a time when the American family was made up of a breadwinning father...
  • Islamic State spokesman calls for 'lone-wolf' attacks in West

    IRBIL, Iraq The chief spokesman for the Islamic State has called on the group's supporters throughout the world to act on their own initiative to attack Western civilian and military targets in retaliation for the U.S.-led coalition's aerial attacks in...
  • Hillary Clinton rallies for girls in school, women in office

    NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world has made strides in advancing equality for women, but the pace of change remains too slow in many areas, Hillary Clinton said, pressing the need to improve girls' education. "Based on where we were 20...
  • Cooking the employment books: Georgia governor's theory spurs comments

    ATLANTA With the unemployment rate in Georgia rising even as new jobs are added, experts have argued about what it means: statistical glitch or sign of economic distress? A frustrated Gov. Nathan Deal went a bit further last week. He raised the...
  • In some states, low poverty rate obscures deeper despair

    WASHINGTON The overall picture of poverty among states is a familiar one: Some states, such as Mississippi, have long claimed the highest poverty rates according to the federal income standard. Others, such as Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts, often are...