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Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Deep divisions between House and Senate over food stamps

Farm-state lawmakers hoping for passage of a farm bill by the end of the year will have to bridge a deep divide between the House and the Senate over the…

Why the American economy stays in the crapper

Why the American economy stays in the crapper

The American economy and job market are moving in the right direction, just not very quickly. The news Friday that U.S. employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April and…

Even with less pay, American consumers keep spending

Even with less pay, American consumers keep spending

This year got off to a sour start for U.S. workers: Their pay, already gasping to keep pace with inflation, was suddenly shrunk by a Social Security tax increase. Which…

Job market confidence grew in 2012

Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. Americans…

A third of American counties are dying

A third of American counties are dying

A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young…