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Free Press Urges Congress To Oppose "Unthinkable" Wireless Merger

Approving AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile would be akin to putting Humpty Dumpty together again, the advocacy group Free Press says.

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 1:40am

10 Facts About the Job Market

Last Friday, the Labor Department's unemployment rate and payroll job growth measures dominated news coverage, as they do so reliably when they're released each month. They are highly imperfect and volatile indicators, though, and leave much unsaid. Here, we've tried to flesh out the picture with 10 facts that often get short shrift. Together, they bring into sharp relief the present frailty of the American labor market. Scroll through to see:

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 12:40am

Boehner Stands Firm on His Tightrope

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, reasserted the House GOP’s negotiating position on the pending vote to increase the debt limit in a high profile speech on Monday night before Wall Street heavyweights nervous about how the politics of the vote could shake an already weak economic recovery.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40pm

Upon Further Reflection

SALALAH, Oman — To this port worker who moonlights driving tourists around this city, it is simple.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:40pm

Obama’s Targeting of Americans for Assassination (and a Collective, 'So What?')

With Osama bin Laden's death dominating headlines, the fact that Team Obama tried to carry out another war on terrorism killing last week didn't attract much attention. But it ought to be big news that one of our drones fired a missile at a compound in Yemen in a failed attempt to kill suspected terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen living far from any battlefield.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 7:40pm

For the Hispanic Vote, Immigration Reform Might be the Wrong Track

President Obama is working toward fulfilling a campaign promise to accomplish immigration reform. But advancing in another policy area could be a better bet if he wants to build support among the growing demographic.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

52% of Republicans Want a Third Party

Fifty-two percent of Republicans want a major third party to compete with Democrats and the GOP, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. An even larger percentage of Tea Partiers, 60 percent, want a new party. The portion of Americans who want a third party has been at or above 50 percent since mid-2006, but this is the first time a majority of Republicans have felt that way since Gallup began asking the question in 2003.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

NY 26: Hochul Attacks Opponents, Appeals To Seniors

In the suddenly competitive special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), Democrat Kathy Hochul has gotten traction by portraying her GOP opponent as being tough on seniors. Now, she's doubling down on the attacks.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Boehner's Economic Theory: More Debt Equals More Spending Cuts

At  a speech Monday night at New York’s Economic Club, House Speaker John Boehner will make clear what’s necessary to raise the government’s borrowing limit, a pressing concern on the minds of the many financiers who will be in the room: Spending cuts equal to the size of the debt limit increase.

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 5:40pm

Donnelly: I'm Not Running Against Lugar

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is running for the Senate in Indiana, but he said Monday he's not running against Sen. Richard Lugar (R).

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 5:40pm