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NEW YORK - Traders, take your mark. Go! The monthly employment stakes has begun. At precisely 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Employment Situation report for February.

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 5:24pm

President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 5:58pm

WASHINGTON - The Mad Men of the Republican Party have captured another convert.

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 6:35pm

Gas may be getting expensive, but talk is still cheap. So politicians are responding to the latest spike in petroleum prices as they always do: with a barrage of partisan accusations that has much more to do with exploiting the issue than addressing it.

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 4:33pm

Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has his share of problems stemming from his sincerely held but extreme views on a number of issues and his penchant for inflammatory rhetoric that makes even commonplace observations sound loony.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 6:25pm

WASHINGTON - If Mitt Romney loses the Tuesday primary in Michigan, panic will set in among Republican politicians and big contributors; talk of a brokered convention or a late-entering candidate will reach a crescendo.

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 6:25pm

WASHINGTON - If the gender gap becomes a chasm that swallows Republicans this fall, it will be no fluke. It will, however, have something to do with Sandra Fluke.

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 8:39pm

You're in America. Speak English. That's what my parents say. And it's exactly what they did when they came to this country from Czechoslovakia more than four decades ago, knowing nothing more than the lyrics to the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B.

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 4:03pm

A weak labor market, like the one we've experienced since the 2008 financial crisis, imposes enormous stress on people. Given the added anxiety created by a weak economy, you might think life expectancy would decline.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 8:43pm

WASHINGTON -- In terms of sizzle, Sen. Rob Portman makes Mitt Romney look like Lady Gaga.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 8:39pm