The pigeon paradox is that they are both reviled as urban pests and revered as a delicacy when stuffed or broiled in many nations. And the birds we eat are specially bred, not raised on garbage on the street.
When economists talk about their fears, they constantly use three phrases: "fiscal cliff," "muddle through" and "hard landing." Each is related to a different problem in a different region of the world: the U.S., Europe and China. And there are worries that all of these crises will explode soon.
Mitt Romney and President Obama contrasted their economic visions in dueling Ohio events Thursday. In Cincinnati, Romney attacked Obama's record on the economy and talked about his own plan to lower taxes and cut regulations.
President Obama campaigned in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, where he gave a speech about the economy. The message was that the poor state of the economy is less the fault of Obama's policies and more due to Republican foot-dragging in Congress.
Amid a funding crunch, legal aid programs that help poor people with civil disputes — like evictions and child custody cases — are laying off workers or even closing their doors. At one Baltimore office, lawyers say the number of people needing help has gone through the roof in recent years.
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