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Productive Or Not, It Pays To Be In Congress

Productive Or Not, It Pays To Be In Congress

11.27.2012
It pays pretty well to legislate in Washington. Members of Congress, both senators and representatives, now make $174,000 a year. Compare...
Unemployment Still High, But These Sectors Are Booming

Unemployment Still High, But These Sectors Are Booming

11. 2.2012
Unemployment remains historically high, but some sectors are booming. Which are healthiest? Health care added more jobs than any other...
Surprising Number Of U.S. Households Can't Read This At Home

Surprising Number Of U.S. Households Can't Read This At Home

10.31.2012
Many of us think of the web as not only our constant companion, but a virtual necessity. But in fact, one in five American households has...
It's Not The 1960s Anymore, A Good Thing For Seniors Today

It's Not The 1960s Anymore, A Good Thing For Seniors Today

10.25.2012
Older Americans are better off. The median inflation-adjusted income for senior Americans has more than doubled since 1962. Fifty years...
Another Reason To Stay Out Of The Hospital

Another Reason To Stay Out Of The Hospital

10.19.2012
The cost of the average American hospital stay nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010 while average stay length declined. The decade was a period...
U.S. Transportation System Still Running On Oil

U.S. Transportation System Still Running On Oil

10.18.2012
America's planes, trains and motor vehicles consume 13.6 million barrels of oil each day. Despite rising interest in alternative fuels,...
Gender Inequality In Workplace Follows Women Into Retirement

Gender Inequality In Workplace Follows Women Into Retirement

10.17.2012
The average female retiree on Social Security gets a monthly benefit $300 smaller than the average male retiree. Because retirement benefits...
Green Energy Jobs Still Dwarfed By Dirty Fuel Industry

Green Energy Jobs Still Dwarfed By Dirty Fuel Industry

10.15.2012
With gas prices spiking, energy policy is a big election-year talking point. It might surprise you that renewable energy alternatives generate...
The High Cost Of Legit Double-Dipping

The High Cost Of Legit Double-Dipping

10.11.2012
Nine million Americans get both Medicare and Medicaid benefits simultaneously. They consume a disproportionate share of program resources. It's...
Cancer Risks Persist For African-Americans

Cancer Risks Persist For African-Americans

10. 8.2012
Good news: cancer incidence is declining for all Americans. Sobering and perplexing fact: African-Americans are more likely than white...
Heavy Strain On Medicare Cornerstone Has Some Worrying

Heavy Strain On Medicare Cornerstone Has Some Worrying

10. 3.2012
Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than...
Bloated Federal Workforce? Not So Much.

Bloated Federal Workforce? Not So Much.

10. 2.2012
The federal government employs 600,000 fewer workers today than the average for the past 50 years. In 2011 4.36 million worked for all...
Millionaires Cashing In On Government Safety Net

Millionaires Cashing In On Government Safety Net

09.28.2012
You don't have to need the benefit to qualify: in 2009, 2,362 American millionaires collected unemployment. Nearly one million Americans...
Just How Bad Is The Student Loan Debt Problem?

Just How Bad Is The Student Loan Debt Problem?

09.27.2012
Student loan debt is the only category of consumer debt still rising in post-recession America. It's grown 275% in the last decade to $905...
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