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  • The conservative contempt for the working person shows through

    The conservative contempt for the working person shows through
    At a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Finance Commmittee's Subcommittee on Social Security, conservative scholar Andrew G. Biggs made the following remark in defense of the idea that retirement ages can safely be raised:
  • Budget deal clears Senate hurdle

    Budget deal clears Senate hurdle
    WASHINGTON — A rare bipartisan budget deal aimed at averting another government shutdown cleared its biggest remaining political hurdle Tuesday, ending the best chance opponents had of killing the compromise and worsening tensions between the...

    A 'do-nothing Congress' for the record books?

    A 'do-nothing Congress' for the record books?
    WASHINGTON — By the numbers, this Congress is on track to make the infamous "do-nothing Congress" of the late 1940s look downright prolific. Before the Senate adjourned Friday for an extended holiday break, the two bodies of the 113th Congress...

    Negotiations spark hope for end to government shutdown

    Negotiations spark hope for end to government shutdown
    WASHINGTON — The impasse over government spending gave way Friday to a steady stream of negotiations, as White House officials and Republicans in Congress wrestled over the details of an agreement that would reopen government agencies and avoid a...

    Should a 20% mortgage down payment be standard?

     
    Key U.S. financial regulators have agreed to require a minimum 20% down payment on home mortgages that would be exempt from so-called risk-retention standards for banks, according to two reports Tuesday. The upshot is that home buyers with less than...