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President Obama has proposed giving the IRS an 8 percent budget boost in the hopes of bringing in more revenue to the government. We're just a day away from Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will choose who they…

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Super Tuesday states face serious economic issues

Mar 2, 2012
The GOP candidates have focused on social issues. But in many of the ten Super Tuesday states like Ohio, voters may be more interested to hear their plans to solve some serious economic problems.

Los Angeles Times begins charging for online content

Mar 2, 2012
The newspaper is following a national trend by instituting a so-called pay wall to read online content. But there is no guarantee the move will work as well in Los Angeles as it has for the New York Times…

BP plans to move forward after settlement

Mar 5, 2012
The big oil company BP has settled with thousands of Gulf Coast residents and businesses for their economic losses and medical claims from its massive 2010 oil spill -- to the tune of $7.8 billion.

Chinese government lowers growth forecast for year

Mar 5, 2012
In China today, the government lowered the country's growth forecast for the year to 7.5 percent. That's the first target under 8 percent since 2005.

Georgia voters prep for primary, focus on economy

Mar 5, 2012
Voters in 10 states will have their say tomorrow in the Republican presidential race. Among them: Georgia, where a number of economic issues are at play in who wins the primary there.

China's slowing growth rate not meeting expectations

Mar 5, 2012
Premier Wen Jiabao of China announced that growth would be only 7.5 percent, a number that falls below what is considered a critical growth rate for keeping the Chinese population happy.

Rush Limbaugh loses advertisers over comments

Mar 5, 2012
Over the weekend, conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh publicly apologized for the language he's been using to attack a Georgetown law student.

Former PM of Iceland faces charges over financial crisis

Mar 5, 2012
Iceland suffered a total financial collapse back in 2008. Today, the country's former prime minister goes on trial for his role in it.

The American road trip's modern appeal

Mar 5, 2012
25 percent of men and 33 percent of women want to drive across the country at least once in their lifetime.

Iceland's former prime minister goes on trial

Mar 5, 2012
One of the first places to be hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis was Iceland. The country's three main banks collapsed, ushering in hard times for the island nation, and sending monetary shockwaves across Europe.

Comedian Marc Maron on the Limbaugh controversy

Mar 5, 2012
The comedian on Rush Limbaugh losing his Pro Flowers sponsorship and the effect on free speech that sponsors may wield.

St. Louis wants control of its police force back

Mar 5, 2012
The city is trying to go back in history, and reclaim control of its namesake law enforcement agency. You see, it's actually run by the state, and supporters claim that's "taxation without representation."

President Obama hopes to boost IRS budget, tax revenue

Mar 5, 2012
We're less than six weeks away from tax day, and this year the IRS is gonna have to do more with less when it comes to processing all those returns. President Obama hopes to change that.

PODCAST: China's predicted growth, BP's big settlement

Mar 5, 2012
President Obama has proposed giving the IRS an 8 percent budget boost in the hopes of bringing in more revenue to the government. We're just a day away from Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will choose who they…
Ships which have been docked for months after a moratorium on deepwater drilling was imposed in the wake of the BP oil spill are seen in Port Fourchon, La. on April 8, 2011.
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President Obama has proposed giving the IRS an 8 percent budget boost in the hopes of bringing in more revenue to the government. We’re just a day away from Super Tuesday, when voters in 10 states will choose who they want the Republican presidential nominee to be. The city of St. Louis is trying to get control of its police department back from the state of Missouri. And today, the L.A. Times will follow in the footsteps of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal by starting to charge to access some of the paper online.

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