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Debt a common theme as Americans struggle to feel benefits of recovery

Data suggests the US economy is improving – but many Americans are failing to see the improvement in their own lives<p>President Obama was in Miami on Friday, ready to tell the country how much the economy seems to be improving – but many Americans are asking when they're going to start seeing that …

American mortgage debt still shrinking, but borrowing for cars and college keeps climbing

After a somewhat exciting uptick in US consumer borrowing at the end of 2012, Americans returned to their recent habits of shedding debt, according to fresh numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s something they’ve been doing since the Great Recession hit.<p>Overall debt declined, by</b> …

Economy

The American dream should really be called the American debt

With college loan debt hitting us where it hurts, the American dream has become the American farce for Generations Y and Z<p>The American dream has become the American farce for Generations Y and Z.<p>Student loan interest rates doubled to 6.8% on 1 July until Congressreached an agreement to change them …

Why is America giving gun licences to blind people?

It might seem like asking for trouble, but Iowa is not the only US state to allow blind people to carry guns. After all, it is their right under the second amendment<p>In a short interview with Piers Morgan earlier this year, Stevie Wonder suggested a novel idea for demonstrating the problem with US …

Colorado's lesson for gun control advocates

NEWS ANALYSIS<p>Colorado's lesson for gun control advocates<p>Colorado's votes to recall state Senate Democrats John Morse and Angela Giron show that gun control advocates could stand to learn a thing or two from the National Rifle Assn.<p>September 11, 2013|By Mark Z. Barabak<p>Volunteers clean up a union …

Guns

Colorado Politicians Ousted Over Gun Control Legislation

Two state senators have been recalled for the first time in Colorado history. Ben Jacobs reports.<p>Colorado voters recalled two Democratic state …

Why Gun Control Can’t Eliminate Gun Violence

Nothing that gun-control advocates are pushing for in Congress would have prevented Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard. And unless …

Guns

High gun ownership makes countries less safe, US study finds

American journal expedites publication of study in wake of navy yard shooting that debunks belief guns make a nation safer<p>Guns do not make a nation safer, say US doctors who have compared the rate of firearms-related deaths in countries where many people own guns with the death rate in countries …

Disgruntled Ex-Colo. Senator Recalled Over Guns Makes Eyebrow-Raising Claims About Deadly Navy Yard Shooting

Former Colorado State Senator Angela Giron appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC to discuss the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and her continued efforts to see stricter gun controls put in place.<p>Giron, who was recalled last week because of her role in pushing tougher gun laws in her state, …

Welcome to America’s New Gun Normal

Another mass shooting, another round of calls for greater gun control, but guess what? Nothing will change. Adam Winkler on why the NRA is still …

Guns, the Navy Yard and the Media: Echoes of an anguished debate

After a long, depressing day following the carnage at the Washington Navy Yard, I woke up yesterday to this Politico headline: “After shooting, talk turns to gun control.”<p>“Gun Control Debate Reignited in Washington,” said an MSNBC headline.<p>That is the media’s default response after a mass shooting, …

Why Don’t We Have a Database on Gun Deaths?

Deirdre Smith, 47, of Austell, Georgia, was shot and killed Monday while trying to break up a neighborhood fight. A few local news outlets reported …

Starbucks CEO to Customers: Please Leave Your Guns at Home

Maryland's gun control laws apply to Starbucks and everywhere else. What will the Starbucks' CEO comments mean?<p><i>By Karen Goff</i><p>Heading to your nearest …

Guns

Navy Yard Shooting Sparks Debate Over Congress' Focus On Gun Control Vs. Mental Health Legislation (TELL US)

When gunfire erupted at the Washington, D.C. navy yard on Monday, so did the debate over our nation's gun control policies, legislation which allowed the shooter, Aaron Alexis, to obtain a gun in the first place.<p>The following day, president Obama called on Congress to revisit the issue, saying that …

Why Starbucks Has to Step In on Guns

The only way to re­duce gun vi­ol­ence in a coun­try that won’t give up its guns is to set cul­tur­al bound­ar­ies on what’s ac­cept­able and what’s …

Starbucks should stick to coffee and leave guns alone

Tuesday's letter from the Starbucks CEO asking gun owners to leave their guns at home is political and horribly misguided<p>We all mourn the events at Washington's Navy Yard on Monday that left 13 people dead, but knee-jerk reactions like that of Starbucks are not effective.<br>After three years of …

Guns ’n’ lattes at Starbucks

I never thought I’d feel sorry for Starbucks. But I do now. The coffee juggernaut that everybody loves to hate is caught in the crosshairs of the American gun wars – an epic cultural conflict that is impossible for outsiders to comprehend. Now, in a desperate plea for civility, CEO Howard Schultz …

Guns

The impossibility of gun control

The Navy Yard massacre won’t revive the gun debate in Congress for a simple reason. There is no gun control agenda this side of a total ban and confiscation that would have stopped Aaron Alexis.<p>The Toomey-Manchin bill could have passed Congress unanimously. The assault weapons ban could still be in …

Obama calls for Americans to fight against gun crime

Days after mass shootings in both of his hometowns, US President Barack Obama urged his most ardent supporters on Saturday "to get back up and go back at it" and help push stalled legislation out of Congress so dangerous people won't get their hands on guns.<p>"We can't rest until all of our children …

Guns

The Impossibility of Gun Control

There is no effective gun-control agenda. It’s time for the focus to shift to mental illness.<p>The Navy Yard massacre won’t revive the gun debate in …

Guns

Howard Schultz, Starbucks Appreciation Day: Gun owners who pack in public are no longer welcome in Starbucks.

If you’re like me, you have probably spent more than one sleepless night pacing the floor, shaking your head, and crying “When? When will Starbucks …

Keeping guns away from people with mental illness is a complex issue

WASHINGTON — For years, federal and state governments have struggled to build a background check system that can keep guns out of the hands of mentally troubled people.<p>Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard shows that goal remains elusive.<p>The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or …

Guns

Sept. 21: This week’s Talking Point – Starbuck’s stand on gun-carry laws – and other letters to the editor

<i>Starbucks is taking a stand on American gun culture by asking its customers not to carry guns in its outlets. Readers, print and digital, consider the wider implications in a week that saw yet another ‘massacre du …