04/14/14 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles in February as sales rebounded by the largest amount in nine months. Stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in February following a similar 0.4 percent increase in January, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Sales rose 0.8 percent in...
04/14/14 09:30 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. The 1.1 percent jump reported by the Commerce Department on Monday was the best showing since September 2012. The government...
04/14/14 08:30 AM
The price of crude oil was volatile around $104 a barrel on Monday amid escalating tensions in Ukraine. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 11 cents to $103.63 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier Monday, the...
By Joseph Lawler | 04/14/14 06:34 AM
While members of Congress are out of Washington this week, the French economist Thomas Piketty will be visiting to spread ideas that could become influential both in the U.S. and around the world.
04/13/14 08:45 PM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad's administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa. Critics told the Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1nlFjJ9 ) the practice makes it easier for friends and...
By Lawrence Kudlow | 04/13/14 04:52 PM
Will somebody please explain to me how rising inflation is somehow going to extricate us from the tepid economic recovery? I don't get it. It used to be hypothesized that low inflation was the key to high economic growth. For everybody in the economy, low inflation was a tax cut. Conversely,...
By Joseph Lawler | 04/13/14 12:10 PM
Former Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged in an interview aired Sunday that the Obama administration was "flat-out wrong" that the health insurance exchanges created by the new health care law would be ready on Oct. 1 of last year. Sebelius, who stepped down...
By Joseph Lawler | 04/13/14 10:53 AM
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power suggested Sunday that the Russian government is behind recent escalation of the crisis in Ukraine involving gunfights between Ukrainian government forces and Russian protesters. Powers said in an appearance on ABC that those clashes...
By Joseph Lawler | 04/13/14 10:45 AM
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said Sunday that Republican racial animus was to blame for several controversies dogging Congress and the White House.
04/13/14 09:45 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees — adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year — would erase $70,000 from an average worker's account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost...
04/13/14 08:45 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says New York is losing. Can both be right? With New York's economic condition an election-year issue, Cuomo claims the state reversed its decline in the last...
04/13/14 05:31 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine. Rich countries have been helping power the recovery led by the United States and Britain, and...
By Associated Press | 04/12/14 12:19 PM
President Obama is making his case for equal pay for women — a leading election-year issue for Democrats.
By Associated Press | 04/12/14 12:17 PM
Finance officials from the world's major economies believe an ambitious goal to boost global growth by $2 trillion in the next five years is within reach despite a variety of threats, including rising tensions over Russia's actions in Ukraine.
By Associated Press | 04/12/14 12:15 PM
It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.
By Joel Gehrke | 04/22/14
By Byron York | 04/22/14
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By Ashe Schow | 04/23/14