The holidays are usually a great time to pick up some extra cash with seasonal work. But, this year it seems like workers aren’t that interested in the jobs and small business owners are worried. Findings from a new report from an Incfile survey revealed about 34% of respondents said that it is harder to… Read More Despite Rising Living Costs, Workers Are Still Reluctant To Take On Seasonal Holiday Jobs
So this story about Needles, a struggling desert town that was name-checked in “The Grapes of Wrath,” caught my eye. The community is now looking at the marijuana industry as a kind of economic savior — but the town already faces plenty of competition. I asked our reporter Nathaniel Popper about the possibilities of pot.… Read More California Today: Will a Desert Town Test Marijuana’s Saturation Point?
Consumers will soon be able to freeze their credit files without charge. So if you have not yet frozen your files — a recommended step to foil identity theft — now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say. Security freezes, often called credit freezes, are “absolutely” the best way to prevent criminals… Read More Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here’s Why You Should Go for It.
WASHINGTON — In the summer of 2011, when a debt crisis like the current one loomed, President Barack Obama warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks unless there was a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. After weeks of brinkmanship, Republicans consented and Obama agreed to a deficit-reduction plan… Read More Hitting the debt limit: What bills would be paid?
The White House insists President Barack Obama can’t — and won’t — use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling. But a growing number of his congressional allies are urging Obama not to abandon a potentially powerful weapon before negotiations even begin. With Republicans promising another climactic fight over the $16.4 trillion debt limit in two… Read More Democrats to Obama: Keep Constitution on the table in debt ceiling fight
Here is a simple way to think about the political calculus of Washington’s latest twists and turns. And — unfortunately — it suggests that economic and market dislocations may be needed to get our politicians to cooperate and govern properly. A major issue from day one was the extent to which the lack of trust… Read More Fiscal Cliff: Ugh, Recession is Now More Likely
As America hurtles toward the fiscal cliff, there’s an increasingly frantic search for ways to shore up the country’s deteriorating balance sheet. Republicans want to cut spending; Democrats would prefer to raise taxes on the wealthy. But a paper released today by Harvard and Danish researchers highlights just how much room there could be to generate more government revenue without sacrificing economic efficiency—in other words, the type… Read More Kill the 401(k)?
NATION For fungal meningitis victim’s family, a dearth of answers In an outbreak characterized by uncertainty, families of early victims are in a special category of ambiguity. ( by N.C. Aizenman , The Washington Post) Accusations against generals cast shadow over Army Cases against senior officials are growing and the screening process is being questioned. (… Read More News Headlines 10.28.12
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