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Why is inflation so high? Is it bad? An economist answers 3 questions about soaring consumer prices

Consumer prices jumped 6.8% in November 2021 from a year earlier – the fastest rate of increase since 1982 – and an economist explains what’s driving the recent increase in inflation and how it affects consumers, companies and the economy.... Read more»

Why there's such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo - here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive bills.... Read more»

Congress passes bill to prevent government shutdown, send out $28.6B in disaster aid

Congress made a last-minute dash to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, with members on both side of the aisle in the U.S. Senate and House approving a short-term spending bill just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. ... Read more»

10 reasons why public policies rescued the economy

The Troubled Asset Relief Program in 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 successively helped the U.S. economy turn itself around. ... Read more»1

Health care spending driven by higher prices in downturn

Higher prices charged by hospitals, outpatient centers and other providers drove up health care spending at double the rate of inflation during the economic downturn– even as patients consumed less medical care overall.... Read more»

Az lawmakers disappointed by Obama’s jobs plan

President Barack Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to come together and support his $447 billion jobs plan Thursday evening. He managed to get Democratic and Republican members of the Arizona delegation to come together, but not in support of the plan that he presented to a joint session of Congress.... Read more»