| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
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...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:38 PM
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...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:41 AM
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...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 2:06 PM
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...
| 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 16, 2013
| 5:59 PM
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...
| 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
| 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...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:28 AM
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...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:30 AM
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,...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 5:57 PM
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...