Jan 11, 2013 When money is tight, people are all too aware of every cent. Commentator Kristin Wong grew up this way and she says it's shaped both how she thinks about money and how she thinks about herself.
Dec 27, 2012 In Baltimore, a five-pointed star lit by dozens of light bulbs shines over a mill once operated by Bethlehem Steel. The star has been a holiday fixture for decades, but it will likely be extinguished for good once the holidays are over.
Jun 3, 2013 Poverty is the rule the rest of the year, but donations help make the holidays special.
Dec 18, 2012 McDonald's is telling franchisees to open this year on Christmas Day. Staying open on Thanksgiving this year gave a nice boost to McDonald's sales, and they'd love a repeat performance.
Dec 14, 2012 This time of year, the spirit of volunteerism begins to creep out of the deepest reaches of the cerebral cortex and sends well-meaning people in search of a deserving outlet for a helping hand. Commentator Zachary Slobig says for the greater good, please resist that impulse.
Dec 5, 2012 Ethics rules lay out how much holiday cheer members and staff can have on lobbyists' dime.
Nov 30, 2012 Much of the buzz about the fiscal cliff has been about how it will affect the wealthy and middle class. But how might it impact children living if poverty if a deal isn't reached?
Nov 23, 2012 The drought has already affected livestock feed prices. Holiday dinner shopping list prices may be next.
Oct 30, 2012 We ran the numbers on poverty in the U.S. -- from the number of Americans on food stamps to the unemployment rate for African-Americans. Take our 10-question quiz to see how much you know.
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Oct 25, 2012 VP candidate says businesses can grow jobs and private donations can displace the safety net.