Do U.S. Gun Laws Make All of North America Less Safe?

While a real conversation over gun control in the U.S. is a domestic non-starter, neighboring countries end up suffering from lax American laws Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of […]

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Gas Price Averaging $3.92 Per Gallon

The surge in gasoline prices has stalled around $3.92 per gallon, but experts caution that more increases are coming. Many refineries still haven’t undergone a seasonal maintenance period that will force them to produce less gas. That will tighten supplies in some parts of the country, especially in the Great Lakes region, and push prices higher. “In about two weeks […]

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Unemployment Applications Rise Slightly; Overall Levels Remain Low

  Slightly more people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. But the overall level stayed low enough to suggest the job market is strengthening. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the highest level since January. The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, ticked up to 355,000. That’s roughly in […]

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President Obama Unveils Housing Initiative at Super Tuesday News Conference

  President Obama today unveiled his administration’s latest plan to tackle the housing crisis, announcing new mortgage relief for U.S. military personnel and homeowners with government-insured loans at his first news conference of the year. Obama told reporters at his 19th solo White House news conference that he is not satisfied to “sit by and wait while the housing market […]

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