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  • Mobile platforms fuel spending growth in U.S. advertising

    Advertising spending in the U.S. and Canada is expected to grow 4% next year, according to newly released forecast by ad giant ZenithOptimedia. This year, spending is expected to inch up 3.4% in North America, slowing a bit after last year's infusion of...
  • Social Security checks to go up 1.5% in 2014

    Social Security checks to go up 1.5% in 2014
    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will rise 1.5 percent in 2014, one of the lower costs of living adjustments, the Social Security Administration has awarded. Last year, the...
  • 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

    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!

    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...
  • A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995

    A government shutdown could hurt economy more now than it did in 1995
    WASHINGTON — The last time the federal government shut down, for three weeks in the winter of 1995-96, the American economy felt a jolt but recovered quickly. Things don't look anywhere near as promising this time around. The nation is currently...
  • Auto sales fall in September

    U.S. monthly auto sales declined in September for the first time in more than two years, in part because of a calendar quirk that landed Labor Day weekend sales in the August report. Automakers sold a little more than 1.1 million vehicles last month,...
  • National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales

    National Retail Federation predicts modest holiday sales
    The National Retail Federation released its holiday predictions Thursday morning, noting that holiday sales will be significantly impacted by the actions of the federal government in the next 45 days. “Our forecast is also somewhat hinging on...