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Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Best Buy, Home Depot run into hard times in China

Home Depot is no longer open for home improvements in Beijing. Best Buy Inc. decided its brand name electronics stores were not best for China. This may well be the…

Republicans to those in mortgage trouble: ‘Go to hell’

Republicans to those in mortgage trouble: ‘Go to hell’

The Obama administration‘s key housing market rescue programs landed on the chopping block on Thursday as a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives scheduled a vote next week to…

In reality, the government never really shuts down

In reality, the government never really shuts down

Social Security checks would still go out. Troops would remain at their posts. Furloughed federal workers probably would get paid, though not until later. And virtually every essential government agency,…

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

Tea Party forges a vision for Montana

With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future. Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI…

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

Judge rules Assange can be extradited for sex crimes

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over sex crimes claims, a judge said Thursday. Assange’s lawyer said he would appeal the ruling. Judge Howard Riddle said the…

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

Obama orders feds to stop defending anti-gay marriage act

One way for President Barack Obama to win the future, it seems, is to have his administration stop defending a federal law that bans recognition of same-sex marriage. Opinion polls…

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

Feds to big tobacco: ‘Admit you lied’

The Justice Department wants the largest cigarette manufacturers to admit that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, forcing the industry to set up and pay for…

Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans oppose laws that would take away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, as has been proposed in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states, according to a USA…

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Sales of foreclosed homes fell in 2010 as the market struggled with weak demand, though they still represented more than a quarter of total sales, according to a RealtyTrac report…

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

How many federal bureaucrats does it take to carry out President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul? Don’t expect to find an easy answer in his new budget. It has no…