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  • January 27, 2012

    Americans Abroad to Get Bigger Say in 2012 Election

    Laws now in force in nearly every U.S. state, the widespread use of electronic ballot transmission, and an accelerated military mail system should make it easier this year for Americans abroad not just to receive and cast ballots in elections but also to be sure that they are counted.



  • January 26, 2012

    Revisiting the American Dream: Is the U.S. Providing Fewer Opportunities to Get Ahead?

    The widening income gap has become a controversial issue in the United States, as liberals decry the decline of the middle class and conservatives argue that a healthy market economy must reward effort, enterprise and risk taking. But on the related issue of economic mobility, or individuals’ ability to move up the income ladder, most people appear to agree: Upward mobility is good. more

  • January 20, 2012

    Building a Business With Unwanted Customers

    Nationally, dentists shy away from treating Medicaid patients. Many complain that this patient population has a far higher no-show rate than patients with private insurance, according to a May 2011 report called "The State of Children's Dental Health" from the Pew Center on the States. Medicaid compensation often falls woefully short of the cost of care: 33 states reimbursed under 60.5 cents for every dollar a dentist charged, according to the Pew study.  



  • January 18, 2012

    Study: Women New Financial Winners after Divorce

    Conventional wisdom used to say women were the big financial losers after a divorce. But a new Pew survey finds women these days are actually bouncing back better than men financially.


  • January 17, 2012

    States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

    As the U.S. economy struggled to get back on its feet over the past few years, a lot of states found themselves contending with big budget deficits. They responded by firing workers, raising taxes and cutting spending. Now the fiscal picture for a lot of states is brightening a bit—but many still face enormous challenges.


  • January 17, 2012

    Why Are So Many Americans Falling Out of the Middle Class?

    On tonight’s Special Report with Bret Baier, James Rosen investigates the rising rate of downward mobility among the middle class. In a recent study, the Pew Charitable Trust found that 1 out of every 3 American middle class kids has fallen out of that class by the time they are an adult.


  • January 17, 2012

    Innovative State and City Government Solutions to Watch in 2012

    Although the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, communities throughout the United States are still struggling to cope with the effects of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unemployment is 8.6 percent, and income inequality is at its highest levels in decades. Despite incremental improvements over the course of 2011, metropolitan areas across America continue to suffer from sluggish hiring and lackluster growth.  


  • January 16, 2012

    Among the Wealthiest 1 Percent, Many Variations

    Adam Katz is happy to talk to reporters when he is promoting his business, a charter flight company based on Long Island called Talon Air. But when the subject was his position as one of America’s top earners, he balked. Seated at a desk fashioned from a jet fuel cell, wearing a button-down shirt with the company logo, he considered the public relations benefits and found them lacking: “It’s not very popular to be in the 1 percent these days, is it?”


  • January 13, 2012

    Bitter Politics of Envy?

    You’re just jealous. At least that’s how Mitt Romney sees it. The millionaire who posed for a picture with the boys at Bain Capital with the long green clinched between their teeth and poking out of their collars and jackets now says that people who question what he did there, and what rich people do now, are just green with envy. more

  • January 12, 2012

    The Recession’s Permanent Victims

    America will recover from today’s slump. But not all Americans. The Pew survey collects sobering data on what happens to Americans who experience sharp income losses. Most eventually struggle back to their feet. But a substantial minority never do.