A group of more than 100 volunteers helped decorate the White House this year, covering the mansion in Christmas trees, cookie ornaments and several versions of the Obamas' dog, Bo. The real stars, however, were the military families who joined the celebration.
The U.S. unemployment rate took a big tumble in November, from 9 percent to 8.6 percent, according to the government's monthly jobs data. Still, it's probably too soon pop the champagne corks. A combination of forces caused the big drop, some good and some bad.
Everybody knows that this GOP presidential hopeful favors low taxes, free markets and commodity-backed currency. But you might not know about Paul's past as a fraternity brother — or that his own party once pulled a dirty trick on him.
New York City's Department of Transportation has taken an artful approach to safety: colorful traffic signs written in haiku. "Poetry has a lot of power," says artist John Morse. "The idea is to bring something to the streetscape that might catch someone's eye."
President Obama has called on Congress to extend a payroll tax cut, but the first bills aiming to do just that have failed in the Senate. Republican leaders want their party to join Democrats and renew the tax holiday. But some in the GOP are reluctant to get onboard.
The company has called Illinois home for more than a century but is now at the heart of a bidding war between states, which are increasingly looking to take businesses away from one another as new-job creation remains slow. One offer from Ohio is reportedly worth up to $400 million in tax incentives.
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