$10.10: Just a nice even number?

Jan 28, 2014
Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage?

The many metaphors used to describe the government's failure

Oct 11, 2013
So many metaphors have been used to describe the government shutdown. Do they help at all?

The problem with taking default out for a spin

Oct 9, 2013
A cadre of so-called "debt-limit deniers" says it’s no big deal if the U.S. fails to raise its borrowing limit.

Comparing the federal budget to the household budget

Sep 27, 2013
Whenever debates over the budget rage in Washington, leaders can't help but say the government should balance their budget as well as a household. But that analogy might not always hold water.

380 ways to make the government more efficient (Video)

May 15, 2013
A Senate committee on governmental affairs looks at 380 ways “to make Washington more efficient.” What’s likely to be the fate of this cost-cutting initiative?

Consumer watchdog bares it all; Banks complain

Mar 29, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has dumped over 100,000 complaints, in 11 computer languages, for “civic hacking.” Banks complain that it’s not filtered for accurate complaints.

How Americans rank industries' reputations

Aug 23, 2012
Which industries do well in public opinion polls? Computers get mostly positive marks, as do retail and anything having to do with food. The federal government and oil and gas, not so much.

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Report: Plain Writing Act fails to live up to its name

Jul 23, 2012
About a year ago a law went into effect called the Plain Writing Act, meant to compel federal agencies into communicating with the public in a more accessible way. Now a nonprofit has come out with its first report card…

Private sector gains offset by continued government layoffs

Nov 30, 2011
John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas speaks about his company's November jobs numbers, which show some signs of improvement

From one creditor to 36 creditors

Dec 27, 2010
This final note: American International Group is taking another big step to borrow its way off the government dole. The insurance giant revealed in...