| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:36 PM
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...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:05 AM
ATLANTA - A battle has commenced over the future of the iconic Vidalia onion.
First came the whispers that reverberated from southeast Georgia farms to kitchens across the nation and to halls of power in Atlanta: Vidalia onions aren't as sweet as they...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:26 PM
Standard & Poor's downgraded the Netherlands' credit rating on Friday, slicing the list of Eurozone countries holding the top AAA rating to just three.
The Netherlands' ratings downgrade -- to AA+ from AAA -- can be blamed in large part on a...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 5:19 PM
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...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 10:38 AM
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...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
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...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 7:41 AM
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...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 8:10 AM
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...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:38 PM
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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
After deciding not to make major changes to their health-care and pension benefits, Naperville City Council members are cutting the stipend for personal cell phone and Internet use.
By a vote of 8-1, councilmen Tuesday passed an ordinance that would...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:09 PM
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...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Consumer confidence unexpectedly rebounded in December to a five-month high after slumping in recent months partly due to the partial government shutdown, according to a Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary reading.
The widely watched...