The central bank will buy more bonds to keep interest rates at ultra-low levels until unemployment drops below 6.5%. A goal is to try to offset any fiscal cliff effects. Stocks churn higher, then fade.
Trying to get a straight answer out of Republicans and Democrats is impossible these days.
The controversy over new legislation in Michigan is drawing new attention to these statutes and their impact on unions and businesses.
The state's governor is expected to sign union dues legislation after President Obama derides it as 'right to work for less money.'
It's unclear what's triggering the recent plunge in shares of Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger. We may be seeing a correction after a runup around the presidential election.
Newark's mayor laments the difficulty of finding healthy food while on assistance. He's also using the issue to jumpstart a promising political career.
A darling of the tea party, Jim DeMint will become head of the Heritage Foundation. He plans to use the position to push for a more conservative government. His departure may help get a budget deal done.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
The IRS is struggling to combat identify thieves who file fraudulent tax returns in the names of older residents who don't need to file.