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WASHINGTON — Call it the great “slack” debate. For nearly six years, the Federal Reserve has held short-term interest rates near zero to boost the economy. Is it now time to consider raising rates to pre-empt higher inflation? The answer depends heavily on the economy’s slack: its capacity t…
WASHINGTON — When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 m…
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.
BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.
WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.
NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …
HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.
FLINT, Mich. — Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.
WASHINGTON — We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.
NEW YORK — The modern income tax was passed 100 years ago on a simple premise — it would apply only to the top one-half of 1 percent of the population and it would be easy to fill out — just one page.
WASHINGTON — Tax day is always a busy day for the tax hysteric crowd: the folks who think it is outrageous that we tax people to pay for things like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and infrastructure.
WASHINGTON — The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code that benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the …
WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Great Lakes Airlines will be leaving North Dakota by the end of the month after serving the state for more than two decades.
WASHINGTON — It’s a stunning comparison that, in some ways, explains everything about the crisis in Ukraine. Back in 1990, average per-person incomes in Poland and Ukraine were roughly equal, about $8,000 in each country. By 2012, they no longer were, reports economist Anders Aslund of the P…
FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA’s vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
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