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Happy stocks...Skins in Milan & more

Stock-happy. There could be $85 billion in federal cuts tomorrow—or not, depending on how the so-called sequester plays out in Congress today. Either way, the markets are enjoying a rally that has taken the Dow and the S&P 500 to highs not seen...

Seq update...Snack scandal & more

Why is it called a sequester? Putting aside the name issue (fiscal cliff, sequester, what next?), the big S boils down to about $85 billion in federal budget cuts that will take effect March 1, most of which won’t even have an impact on how fast...

Living wage…Watchdog for Wall St. … & more

Cost of living. In his State of the Union address this week, Obama vowed to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25 by 2015—and to have it adjust with inflation: “…no one who works full time should have to live in poverty,” he said, in a...

Job Help for Older Alums

A few years have gone by since you last visited your college career center, practicing interview skills and combing through job listings.   OK, maybe it’s been longer than a few. No matter: Your alma mater could turn out to be a smart resource for...

Apple fight...Grammy coverup...& more

Floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Mood swings. The Dow dropped more than 100 points in intraday trading, for the fourth day in this short month, signaling general pessimism about the economy, jobless claims (which continue to be high), and...

$61 billion due...Wal-Mart hearts America & more

Fun FAQ. Sick of hearing about the debt ceiling? Squeeze in just one more read. This fact-filled article breaks down what’s really at stake if the government can’t borrow more cash to pay its debts. Tidbit: Starting Feb. 15 some $61 billion in...

$1 trillion joke?... Disney magic…& more

It’s payback time. It sounds like a joke. A little-known loophole could permit the Treasury to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin (or coins)—which the president could then use to pay off part of the nation’s debt. (ABCNews) Are they kidding?Here’s...

Cliff notes…'Downton' update…& more

Photo Source: Rex Features via AP Images The short version. The nation’s collective cliffhanger is resolved (sort of). What do you need to know? Here’s a super-short primer, courtesy of Reuters. In addition to a higher tax rate on family incomes...

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