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What’s the economic sweet spot for adjusting the federal minimum wage?

November 10, 2015
Thousands of workers walked off the job in as many as 270 cities in a push to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25. Gwen Ifill speaks to Alan Krueger of Princeton University, who believes that wages should be raised, but not so fast and not so high.
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How pot and hippie beer explain the future of the American economy

November 9, 2015
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
At first, Jon Turner was just a software guy who really liked to brew beer. He cooked up two batches a week in his kitchen and kept his hard-drinking friends well supplied. He once brewed one pale ale over and over for a year to get it just right. In 2011, at a national conference of home brewers, he fell under the spell of a panel called “Going Pro.”
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If Jobs Report Heralds a Solid Upturn, Democrats’ Fortunes May Also Rise

November 7, 2015
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Friday’s surprisingly robust jobs report cheered Democrats hoping to retain the White House and capture the Senate next year, but it heralded a new atmosphere of uncertainty by flashing a green light to the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which could undermine economic growth.
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Wall Street Reaction to Jobs Report, UN Climate Talks and Ballot Initiatives Across the Country

November 6, 2015
Wall Street prepares for possible rate hikes, Obama's COP21 conference in December, Bernie Sanders draws distinctions with Hillary Clinton, and liberals suffer losses on ballot initiatives like marijuana legalization and anti-discrimination

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline, October Job Growth & Election 2016

November 6, 2015
Seven-year debate ends in pipeline rejection, 271,000 jobs added in October, and 2016 election updates.
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Why home buying was a bust for many African Americans even during the boom

October 16, 2015
Michael Fletcher | The Washington Post
By now, it is no secret that the housing bust hit black home buyers harder than whites. But a surprising new study shows that many new black homeowners also lost substantial wealth during the boom that preceded the bust.
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Poor Dialogue

September 21, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
Paul Ryan wants Republicans to have a serious conversation about ending poverty.
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Global market chaos throws Federal Reserve's rate hike plan into doubt

August 26, 2015
Jim Tankersley, Ylan Mui | The Washington Post
The Federal Reserve had expected to begin withdrawing its support for the nation’s economic recovery this year, but mounting evidence of a global slowdown could extend the era of easy money.
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