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Stimulus spurs jobs in South, Southwest

Businesses reported creating or saving more than 30,000 jobs in the first months of President Barack Obama's stimulus program, according to initial data released Thursday by a government oversight board.…

Public option still the big issue in health care reform

As the White House and Congressional leaders turned in earnest on Wednesday to working out big differences in the five health care bills, perhaps no issue loomed as a greater…

Insurance industry lies about health care costs

In its assaults on a Democratic health care overhaul bill, the insurance industry uses facts selectively and mixes accurate assertions with misleading spin and an embrace of worst-case scenarios. Take the…

Pentagon plays games with propaganda program cost

Growing by leaps and bounds, the Pentagon’s secretive Information Operations budget keeps tripping over some basic information — like how much it costs. Just months ago, the Defense Department said it…

Consumers seem willing to shop again

Consumers may be slowly regaining their appetite to shop, as the prices they encounter in stores remain low. One benefit of the recession is that inflation is nowhere to be seen,…

Foreclosures rise another five percent

The number of households caught up in the foreclosure crisis rose more than 5 percent from summer to fall as a federal effort to assist struggling borrowers was overwhelmed by…

It’s official: No COLA for Social Security

The Social Security Administration makes it official Thursday: There will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year, the first year without one since automatic adjustments…

Insurance costs will rise in 2010

As health care "reform" lumbers it way towards an uncertain fate in the halls of Congress, one reality remains certain for Americans who still have health insurance: They will pay…

Health care industry: From ally to enemy

President Barack Obama openly courted the health insurance industry as he attempted to craft a coalition to craft a health care reform bill. But that industry turned out to be the…

Still on the job but working & earning less

Those lucky enough to still have jobs don't necessarily have it made. Many face wage cuts, demotions to lower-paying positions or reductions in the numbers of hours they work. The New…