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  • The chained CPI: A zombie benefit cut still walks

    The chained CPI: A zombie benefit cut still walks
    It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare. The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
  • How to debate the 'undebatable' falsehoods about Social Security

    How to debate the 'undebatable' falsehoods about Social Security
    Two founders of Third Way, a Washington think tank that masquerades as a centrist voice but looks and talks more like an arm of Wall Street, surfaced this week on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page with an attack on Social Security so full of...
  • Major retailers expect stronger sales in 2014

    Major retailers expect stronger sales in 2014
    Retail sales growth will speed up, albeit slightly in 2014, rising 4.1 percent compared with an estimated 3.7 percent gain in 2013, the National Retail Federation said Thursday. The Washington, D.C. based trade group which represents retailers such as...
  • Standoff Was A Needless Mess That Will Be Back

    Standoff Was A Needless Mess That Will Be Back
    Most Americans, we suspect, are relieved — not happy, but relieved — that the ordeal on Capitol Hill is over. But they're stuck with the ugly thought that there's an even-money likelihood that the whole mess — a government shutdown and...
  • 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...
  • Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping

    Government shutdown may crimp holiday shopping
    Add another potential casualty of Washington's gridlock: the holiday shopping season. The congressional stalemate that brought about a partial government shutdown has rattled Americans already spooked by years of economic weakness. And the uncertainty...
  • 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...
  • August auto sales spike for GM, Ford, Chrysler: Best 'in past 7 years'

    August auto sales spike for GM, Ford, Chrysler: Best 'in past 7 years'
    General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group all posted double-digit sales gain in August as consumers continued to take advantage of low interest rates and favorable lease deals to replace aging cars. "The industry as a whole continues to...
  • William Torres: International Executive You Should Know

    Cine Colombia has become the first major exhibitor in Latin America to go all digital, and William Torres is at the center of the process. The move is a sign of the burgeoning Colombian economy, which has been boosted by huge improvements in security,...
  • Teen apparel retailers suffer as consumers get stingier

    Teen apparel retailers suffer as consumers get stingier
    Teen apparel brands have been losing their shirts, and it's not a fashion choice. Against a backdrop of prolonged consumer stinginess, reinforced Friday by reports of a scant monthly increase in August retail sales, an anemic back-to-school...