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State Of The Obama Economy: Far Better, But Still With Many Troubles

The economy has improved dramatically in the Obama era. But problems still abound because of the soaring national debt, a deformed tax code, shrunken paychecks and a growing skills gap.

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Goodbye Jobs, Hello 'Gigs': How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality

Once used by '50s hipsters to connote a no-strings-attached job, "gig" has been co-opted by venture capitalists hyping the new economic order. Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the word's resurgence.
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Politics In The News: State Of The Union Preview

President Obama delivers his final State of the Union of his presidency on Tuesday. The Republican presidential candidates are already preparing their attacks.
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The Employment Outlook For 2016 Is Looking Much Brighter

The Labor Department's latest jobs report provided reassurance that the domestic economy is on track for 2016. That was welcome news, given all of the gloomy reports coming out of China.
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China's Woes Are Growing, Along With A Debate: Is It 2008 Again?

China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.
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Troubles Are Up In The Middle East, But Oil Prices Are Down. Huh?

In the past, when political tensions increased, oil prices went up too amid supply risks. But now OPEC's power is down and U.S. oil supplies are much greater, helping hold prices steady.
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What Hashtagged In 2015? Periods, Refugees And Nigerians At Hogwarts

If it didn't hashtag, did it really happen? We look back on the trendiest hashtags in global development in 2015.
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Politics In The News: Political Arena Activity Increases

President Obama talks executive action and guns, ex-President Clinton hits the campaign trail for candidate Clinton and footage of Donald Trump ends up in video posted by a Islamist militant group.
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Saudi Arabia, Iran Face Off As Sectarian Tensions Escalate After Executions

A cold war in the Middle East just turned a lot hotter. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni power, and Iran, a Shiite one, have long been bitter rivals, but always maintained diplomatic relations — until now.
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Long Before They Were 'Apparent Muslims,' Sikhs Were Targeted In U.S.

Amrik Singh Bal was beaten in Fresno, Calif., as he waited for a ride to work. Bal, who is Sikh, is part of a long history of attacks on Sikhs in America.

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