Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014
January 11th, 2014
12:47 PM ET
3 months ago

Weekly addresses: Obama, Sen. Cochran look ahead in 2014

Washington (CNN) – This year will be a year of change, according to President Obama and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi.

In separate weekly addresses, both promised action on what they consider the most important issues the country faces - the economy and Obamacare, respectively.
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Filed under: Economy • GOP weekly address • Obamacare • President Obama
Poll: Many Americans feel economy isn't improving
December 27th, 2013
07:29 AM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Many Americans feel economy isn't improving

New York (CNNMoney) – Despite a recent string of positive economic news, Americans say they aren't feeling the improvements.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Friday showed people were pessimistic that the economy was improving. Nearly 70% said the economy is generally in poor shape, and only 32% rated it good.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • CNNMoney.com • Economy • Polls
Poll: Economy still looms large over Christmas
December 24th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Economy still looms large over Christmas

(CNN) - While Americans may still deck the halls and stuff the stockings this Christmas, a new poll finds that the state of the economy is playing a major role in how Americans will celebrate it in 2013.

According to the CNN/ORC International poll, Americans plan to curtail their Christmas gift giving and charitable contributions due to economic concerns, while a sizable minority of Americans, 37%, report that the economy will make the Christmas holiday more stressful.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
December 17th, 2013
12:22 PM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Obama loses large lead over GOP on key issues

Washington (CNN) - Talk about a turnaround.

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 45% of Americans say they trust Republicans to do a better job handling the economy, with 41% saying they have more trust in President Barack Obama.

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The myth of the American Dream
December 9th, 2013
07:46 AM ET
4 months ago

The myth of the American Dream

New York (CNNMoney) – The American Dream is supposed to mean that through hard work and perseverance, even the poorest people can make it to middle class or above. But it's actually harder to move up in America than it is in most other advanced nations.

It's easier to rise above the class you're born into in countries like Japan, Germany, Australia, and the Scandinavian nations, according to research from University of Ottawa economist and current Russell Sage Foundation Fellow Miles Corak.

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Is it always the economy, stupid?
December 6th, 2013
06:02 PM ET
5 months ago

Is it always the economy, stupid?

Washington (CNN) – There will be plenty of legacy items by which to judge President Barack Obama.

Obamacare, for instance: Whether the new law that seeks health insurance for every American is a prudent piece of policy or an albatross of government overreach is a matter of opinion. How about drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? What about his efforts to police suspected terrorists abroad through the use of deadly drone strikes?

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Unemployment falls to 7%
December 6th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
5 months ago

Unemployment falls to 7%

New York (CNNMoney) – Has the job market finally hit its stride? Hiring continued at a solid pace in November, and the unemployment rate fell for the right reasons.

The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had predicted payroll gains of 183,000 jobs.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Economy • unemployment
December 4th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama says wage and income gap eroding American dream

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET, 12/4/2013

Washington (CNN) – The growing gap between rich and poor Americans is threatening the ideals the country was founded upon, President Barack Obama said in remarks Wednesday that appeared to signal a leftward turn in his economic agenda.

Making sure that the U.S. economy works for every working American is "the defining challenge of our time," Obama said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. He later said the "dangerous and growing" income and opportunity gap is jeopardizing the notion that if people work hard, they can get ahead.
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CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well
November 29th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Jump in percentage of those saying things not going well

Washington (CNN) – Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.
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Senate's Reid wants to pass minimum wage hike this month
November 7th, 2013
07:19 PM ET
5 months ago

Senate's Reid wants to pass minimum wage hike this month

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he wants to pass an increase in the minimum wage in the next two weeks.

"I'm going to try to do it this month," Reid said after leaving a closed Democratic caucus meeting on the issue in the Capitol.
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Filed under: Economy • Senate
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