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Talk of Wealth Gap Prods the G.O.P. to Refocus

January 22, 2015
Ashley Parker, Jonathan Weisman | The New York Times
President Obama’s push for a new “middle-class economics” may go nowhere in Congress, but his ambitious array of proposals to raise stagnant incomes and provide more government support for struggling working families will frame his last two years in office and help make the politics of rich and poor a central issue in the campaign to succeed him.
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In State of the Union Address, Obama Is to Move Past Hardship and Reset Goals

January 20, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
With the American job market surging to life, President Obama plans to use his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to effectively declare victory over the economic hard times that dominated his first six years in office and advocate using the nation’s healthier finances to tackle long-deferred issues like education and income inequality.
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Obama pushes paid sick/family leave for workers

January 16, 2015
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama embarked on an effort Thursday to make paid family leave the new norm in America, using a strategy that garnered him some success last year in increasing the minimum wage for certain workers.
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Obama's Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave

January 15, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Ted Kennedy is gone and Iowa’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor over many decades.
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How automakers and car buyers are responding to low gas prices

January 12, 2015
Since last year’s Detroit Auto Show, gas prices have dropped by nearly a third. With the new lower prices, demand has gone up for big new SUVs and sedans, but automakers have also switched gears to develop more fuel-efficient cars. Gwen Ifill speaks with John Stoll of The Wall Street Journal about the tension between the two trends and convincing car buyers to think long-term.
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What Some of the Newest Laws of 2015 Might Mean For You

January 2, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
New state laws will allow pregnant workers rest breaks, allow undocumented immigrants to hold driver's licenses and raise minimum wage for millions.
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12 Things to Know About Retirement

December 31, 2014
David Wessel | The Wall Street Journal
In a new, short, clearly written primer–”Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It“–retirement experts Charles Ellis, Alicia Munnell, and Andrew Eschtruth offer a four-part recipe for assuring that Americans can afford to retire comfortably:
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For Solution to Income Stagnation, Republicans and Democrats Revise Their Playbooks

December 30, 2014
John Harwood | The New York Times
For average American families, the United States economy is like a football team that cannot move the ball, and has not been able to for 30 years. That is why frustrated economists in both parties are scrambling for a new playbook.

The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
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