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Harvard’s Feldstein: Fed Can’t Pull US Out of ‘Danger Zone’ of Slow Growth Harvard’s Feldstein: Fed Can’t Pull US Out of ‘Danger Zone’ of Slow Growth

The following is an excerpt from: Moneynews.com | January 27, 2012 | U.S. economic growth may not top 2 percent this year and a third round of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve would have little effect, said Martin Feldstein, a professor of economics at Harvard University. “We’re going to have a hard time reaching 2 percent this coming year,” he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “InsideTrack” with Sara Eisen in New York. The economy is still in a “danger ... Read More

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Car Manufacturers Dominate Super Bowl Advertising Car Manufacturers Dominate Super Bowl Advertising

The following is an excerpt from LARRY D. WOODARD | February 2, 2012 | abcnews.com | One of the most reliable trends indicating the economy is improving is the growth of car sales. Last year, car sales increased by more than 10 percent, the best showing for the industry since 2008. American auto makers did well in 2011 as Japanese car makers Toyota and Honda struggled through a major earthquake and a tsunami that crippled manufacturing, hurt inventory and parts availability and ... Read More

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It’s Not  (Only) the Economy . . . and We’re Not Stupid It’s Not  (Only) the Economy . . . and We’re Not Stupid

By The following is an excerpt from WILLIAM KRISTOL | February 13, 2012 | WeeklyStandard.com | "It’s the economy, stupid,” was a useful slogan for the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign. Of course, it wasn’t really true. The Clinton campaign was about much more than the economy. It was about “ending welfare as we know it,” for example, and putting government on the side of those who “work hard and play by the rules”—all of this part of a broader redefinition of ... Read More

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The High Price of ‘Free’ Health Care The High Price of ‘Free’ Health Care

The following is an excerpt from JOHN MCCORMACK | Issue: March 12, 2012 | WeeklyStandard.com | Today, in the United States, the federal government does not force insurers to provide free contraception. Yet contraception is as widely available as it is cheap. Most insurance policies cover it. The federal government gives birth control to the poor through Medicaid. The federal government spends an additional $300 million per year to provide it to low-income and uninsured Americans who don’t qualify for Medicaid​—​spending ... Read More

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Can Whole Foods Boost Home Prices? Can Whole Foods Boost Home Prices?

The following is an excerpt from Quentin Fottrell | March 9, 2012 | Smartmoney.com | Economists say Whole Foods does for real estate what it does for arugula — convince people to pay higher prices. The organic supermarket’s planned move into inner city Detroit – one of America’s most depressed urban areas – may be a giant leap of faith for one organic supermarket, The Wall Street Journal reports. But real estate experts expect the chain’s arrival to have a positive influence ... Read More

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How Much Money Does It Take to Be Happy? How Much Money Does It Take to Be Happy?

The following is an excerpt from BLAIRE BRIODY | March 11, 2012 | TheFiscalTimes.com | In this economy, it seems everyone has something to complain about: They don’t make enough money, they pay too much in taxes, they’re angry about the growing gap between the rich and the poor, etc. But Laura Vanderkam, author of the new book All the Money In the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, says the only person standing in the way ... Read More

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The Glacial Pace of the Housing Recovery The Glacial Pace of the Housing Recovery

The following is an excerpt from Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch | March 18, 2012 | MarketWatch.com | Top economic reports this week include home sales, construction WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy finally seems to be on a solid path to recovery three years after the recession ended. The struggling housing industry, not so much. The real-estate market takes center stage in a typically slow week for U.S. economic data. Reports on new-home construction, new-home sales and purchases of existing homes are among the ... Read More

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Old vs. Young Old vs. Young

The following is an excerpt from DAVID LEONHARDT | June 22, 2012 | Nytimes.com | IN a partisan country locked in a polarizing campaign, there is no shortage of much discussed divisions: religious and secular, the 99 percent and the 1 percent, red America and blue America. But you can make a strong case that one dividing line has actually received too little attention. It’s the line between young and old. Draw it at the age of 65, 50 or 40. Wherever the ... Read More

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