WASHINGTON - For much of America, it still feels like we are in a recession. We have recession levels of unemployment, with the headline rate at 7.7 percent. And that jumps to 14.4 percent if we count the underemployed and those who have given up hope.
WASHINGTON - Three years after our worst recession since the Great Depression officially ended, the U.S. economy is still very weak. The people most hurt by this weakness are the unemployed and the poor, and of course the two problems are related.
WASHINGTON - President Obama is confronting mostly Republican opponents over whether to extend the Bush tax-cuts to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers.
An economist is disputing claims about the number of jobs that would be created by oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
"The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
WASHINGTON - The recent release of documents showing that the Federal Reserve lent tens and possibly hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign banks in 2008 and 2009 has raised more questions about Ben Bernanke's chairmanship of the Fed.
WASHINGTON - The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to scores of cities claims to represent "the 99 percent." Does it? Ninety-nine percent is perhaps too high a bar for public opinion.
WASHINGTON - The Republicans' gamble that they could ride a backlash against the Obama administration's efforts to increase the availability of contraception has gone terribly bad.
WASHINGTON - The mass media remains one of the most powerful forces blocking social and economic progress in the 21st century.
WASHINGTON - Imagine that Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, had decided to deliver on his campaign promise "to end business-as-usual in Washington so we can bring about real change."
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