Business

8:07am

Tue January 20, 2015
Economy

State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:09 pm

President Obama greets lawmakers as he leaves after delivering the 2014 State of Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Larry Downing AP

In so many ways, Jan. 20, 2009, was a frightful day to be taking the oath of office.

The U.S. economy was in free fall as Barack Obama rose to deliver his inaugural address. "We are in the midst of crisis," he said. "Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered."

Exactly six years later, Obama is returning to Capitol Hill to deliver a State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST. He is expected to highlight the economic progress that has been made since that frigid Day One — and call for more changes.

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6:53am

Tue January 20, 2015
Europe

Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Growth

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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6:23am

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:01 pm

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6:20am

Tue January 20, 2015
Business

U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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5:09am

Tue January 20, 2015
Politics

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:18 pm

Susan Walsh AP

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

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4:21am

Tue January 20, 2015
Economy

Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:58 pm

When Ed Neufeldt introduced President Obama in 2009, Elkhart, Ind. had the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the country, close to 20 percent. The county's job numbers have recovered, but Neufeldt's now working three part-time jobs.
Tamara Keith NPR

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt became the face of the unemployed worker.

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3:18am

Tue January 20, 2015
Business

Analysts Watch For Impacts Of European Economic Weakness On U.S.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

A new BMW X4 vehicle is unveiled during a March 2014 news conference at the BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, S.C.
Chuck Burton AP

With the European economy barely growing, leaders there are worried about deflation. To boost growth and stabilize prices, the European Central Bank is expected to take a bold step at its Thursday meeting.

It would start buying up government bonds on a huge scale — just as the Federal Reserve did here beginning in 2007. The hope is that it would pump enough cash into the economy to get it moving.

This effort, known as quantitative easing, would impact the U.S. economy, too — especially in the Southeast.

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4:26pm

Mon January 19, 2015
The Salt

Chipotle's Pulled Pork Highlights Debate Over Sow Welfare

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 4:47 pm

A sow nurses her piglets in a farrowing crate in an Elite Pork Partnership hog confinement building in Carroll, Iowa, in 2009.
Charlie Neibergall AP

About a third of all Chipotle restaurants are not serving carnitas at the moment, because the restaurant chain has suspended one of its major pork suppliers.

The restaurant chain has declined to identify the supplier and the exact reasons for the suspension. In its official statements, Chipotle said only that the supplier was not in compliance with the company's animal welfare standards.

But when David Maren heard the news, he had a pretty good idea what the problem was.

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4:09pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Economy

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation.
John Moore Getty Images

The solar energy business is growing fast, thanks in part to a steep drop in panel prices.

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5:28am

Mon January 19, 2015
Politics

White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:37 am

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