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Trade Pact Will Take Center Stage During Obama’s Trip To Asia

Trade Pact Will Take Center Stage During Obama’s Trip To Asia

By Lesley Clark and Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will travel next week to Asia with the centerpiece of his planned focus ...

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U.S. Jobless Claims Tick A Bit Higher

U.S. Jobless Claims Tick A Bit Higher

Washington (AFP) - New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits edged higher last week but still remained close to a seven-year low, the Labor Department said Thursday. Ame ...

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Obama, Biden Tout Job-Training Grants

Obama, Biden Tout Job-Training Grants

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promoted his latest attempt to help U.S. workers compete in the global “skills race,” a ...

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U.S. Retail Sales Surge 1.1 Percent In March

U.S. Retail Sales Surge 1.1 Percent In March

Washington (AFP) - U.S. retail sales leaped higher in March, giving further evidence of stronger economic activity after a particularly brutal winter, government data showed Monda ...

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Married Status Adds New Wrinkle To Tax Time For Married Gays

Married Status Adds New Wrinkle To Tax Time For Married Gays

by Stephanie Akin, The Record Tax time has been described as anxiety-inducing and unnecessarily confusing, and its inescapability has even been equated with death. Now, it's a rea ...

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America Can Attain Full Employment With A Bold Approach To The Jobs Emergency

America Can Attain Full Employment With A Bold Approach To The Jobs Emergency

A new report from the Rediscovering Government Initiative lays out 15 ways the government can create more and better jobs starting right now. After five long years, the economy ha ...

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As E-Filing Spreads, Tax Seasons Speeds Up

As E-Filing Spreads, Tax Seasons Speeds Up

By Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org You can't blame Minnesota taxpayers for being confused this tax season. The eleventh-hour addition of 10 new tax credits has flummoxed many of t ...

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HP To Pay $108 Million In U.S. To Settle Bribery Probes

HP To Pay $108 Million In U.S. To Settle Bribery Probes

Washington (AFP) - U.S.computer giant Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $108 million to settle investigations that it paid bribes to win public contracts in Russia, Poland and Mexico, ...

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U.S. Trade Deficit Swells To $42.3 Billion In February

U.S. Trade Deficit Swells To $42.3 Billion In February

Washington (AFP) -- The U.S. trade deficit increased sharply in February as imports rose and exports fell, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The nation's trade gap in goo ...

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Obama, Lampooning GOP, Calls For Hike In Minimum Wage

Obama, Lampooning GOP, Calls For Hike In Minimum Wage

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were “not necessarily coldhearted” in thei ...

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