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Economy Sep 03Some Americans unlikely to quailfy new $300 federal jobless benefit
The administration rolled out the new $300-a-week benefit, using money from a $44 billion disaster relief fund, after Congress and the White House failed to agree to extend the $600 payment. Yet because of a raft of restrictions and bureaucratic…
Politics Jul 27As Congress fights, analysts warn economy needs help now
As Congress and the White House resume their efforts to agree on a new economic aid package, evidence is growing that the U.S. economy is faltering. And so is concern that the government may not take the steps needed to…
Economy Sep 01Latest U.S., Chinese tariff hikes take effect in trade war
The latest tariff increases could affect the prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items in advance of the holiday shopping season.
Nation Feb 24AP fact check: Undocumented GOP, Dem rhetoric on immigration
The political fallout from President Donald Trump’s push for his border wall is giving rise to overwrought rhetoric from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Economy Feb 23Factory jobs exist, CEOs tell Trump. Skills don’t.
In a meeting at the White House, CEOs asked President Donald Trump to support vocational training for the high-tech skills that today's manufacturers require.
Politics Sep 21Where do the presidential candidates stand on minimum wage?
WASHINGTON — Modest income growth for most Americans, strikes by fast-food workers, and the rapid growth of low-paying jobs at the same time middle-income work shrinks have combined to make the minimum wage a top economic issue for the 2016…
Politics Aug 17How do the presidential candidates’ tax proposals compare?
WASHINGTON — In this unconventional campaign season, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have produced two conventional tax plans that mostly track their parties' long-standing views.
Economy Aug 13What Trump and Clinton didn’t say in their economic speeches
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spelled out their economic visions in high-profile speeches in Michigan this week.
Politics Nov 10Fact checking the Republican debate
The fourth Republican presidential debate was thick on economic policy — and with that came a variety of flubs and funny numbers.
Politics Jun 29Obama proposal would make 5 million more eligible for overtime
Salaried workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week would become eligible for overtime pay under a proposal President Barack Obama unveiled Monday, lamenting that too many Americans are working too many hours for less pay than they deserve.