Economy

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The state of the minimum wage

By Andrew Branch
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Government | While Washington reporters concentrate on President Barack Obama’s words about income inequality and his recommendations concerning minimum wage laws, state…

Dollars and Sense: Buckle up for a bumpy ride ahead

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season. We’re deep into earnings season, and things are not looking great. Eight of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average reported…

Signs and Wonders: Obama staffers jumping ship

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | West Wing exodus. The Hill newspaper is reporting that “a number of key aides are expected to leave the White House in the coming months as President…

Dollars and Sense: Earnings season and Washington hi-jinks

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season. We’re into another earnings season. Stocks had been drifting downward for the first two weeks of the year, driven partly by a lack of…

Signs and Wonders: Tom Coburn considers early retirement

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Coburn’s cancer. Sen. Tom Coburn has been battling prostate cancer for some time, but his fight may have taken an ominous turn. Several news outlets are…

Dollars and Sense: Drifting off to sleep and startling at shadows

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Market drift. The markets kind of drifted this week. But they drifted the way you drift off to sleep when you’re trying to stay away—with fits and starts.

Signs and Wonders: Even the best intentions can’t end poverty

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Lifting all ships. The interest of the millennial generation in the plight of the poor is admirable, but those of us in the older demographic sometimes wish…

Dollars and Sense: Wall Street’s optimistic new year outlook

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Strong year. The year ended strong in the stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 26 percent for the year. The S&P 500 saw a rise…

Really, Mr. Benenson?

By Joel Belz
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Politics | Changing the subject to the economy isn’t likely to help the president in 2014

Small town, big trouble

Small town, big trouble

By Janie B. Cheaney
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Cities | “It’s like Mayberry,” visitors sometimes say, a genuine small town of the sort that used to thrive all across this great land. It’s not just a bedroom…

Extreme makeover

Extreme makeover

By Daniel James Devine
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Oil | For one Midwest town, the price of a U.S. oil resurgence has been transformation, for better or worse

Detroit’s decline didn't have to happen

By Cal Thomas
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Government | U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that Detroit, Mich., may seek to protect itself from its creditors under Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy…

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