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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…

Health care report may backfire on industry

In the health care reform debate, where playing nice has been the rule, a scathing insurance industry report looked to critics Monday like a grenade aimed at scuttling progress in…

A continued U.S. failure in Afghanistan

Even as President Obama leads an intense debate over whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, administration officials say the United States is falling far short of his goals to…

Unemployed grads: A bright, lost generation

Bright, eager—and unwanted. While unemployment is ravaging just about every part of the global workforce, the most enduring harm is being done to young people who can't grab onto the…

Insurance report undercuts health care claims

A report commissioned by America's Health Insurance Plans says the Senate Finance Committee legislation will cause health care costs to go up faster than under the current system. The…