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Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

Under Senate deal, economy dodges bullet for now

A deal worked out by U.S. Senate leaders to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” was far from any “grand bargain” of deficit reduction measures. But if approved by the U.S. House…

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

A sour end to 2012: Will 2013 be better?

Many Americans seem to be in a sour mood as 2013 begins, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the East Coast, a gunman massacred 20 school children in Connecticut and…

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

Obama looks at NRA guns in schools lunacy with skeptical disregard

President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday he hopes to get new U.S. gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term and is…

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

Former President George H.W. Bush‘s condition improved enough for him to be moved on Saturday out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the Houston hospital…

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

For Senate, a ‘mission impossible’ from Obama?

Following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders, an impatient and annoyed President Barack Obama said it was “mind boggling” that Congress has been unable to fix a “fiscal cliff” mess…

Republicans will have to live with a tax increase, no matter what happens

Republicans will have to live with a tax increase, no matter what happens

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are resigned to seeing some sort of income tax increase in legislation to avoid a “fiscal cliff,” but such efforts could be doomed…

Consumer confidence hits four-month low in December

Consumer confidence hits four-month low in December

Consumer confidence fell to a four-month low in December as a looming budget crisis sapped what had been a growing sense of optimism about the economy, a private sector report…

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts flock to shows to buy new arms

Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls…

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

‘Fiscal cliff’ worries last minute shoppers

Retailers may not see a sales surge this weekend as ho-hum discounts and fears about imminent tax hikes and cuts in government spending give Americans fewer reasons to open their…

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff': More trouble ahead?

Boehner’s crash and burn on ‘fiscal cliff': More trouble ahead?

Now that House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” for addressing the “fiscal cliff” has crashed and burned, the top U.S. Republican appears to have two remaining options – wash his…