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$7.25 an hour is not a living wage

For the first time since the Great Depression, the U.S. Census Bureau tells us, middle-class family incomes have lost ground for more than a decade.<p>The sad truth is that the rewards for productivity and hard work such as health care coverage, retirement security, opportunity -- rewards that used to …

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<b>This Hamilton Project policy paper provides a dozen facts on struggling lower-middle-class families focusing on two key challenges: food insecurity,</b> …

Inequality threatens the rich

When President Barack Obama proclaimed the fight against income inequality is "the defining challenge of our time," you might have dismissed his words as the effort of a struggling president to revive his political fortunes. But anyone looking at the relentlessly expanding income gap can see that …

Low wages are stalling America’s economy

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — American workers should get a raise. They deserve a raise, and the economy needs it, too.<p>Low wages are holding us back. …

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Afghanistan Is Cozying Up To Iran As US Deal Stalls

Karzai struck the deal with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in a move that will be greeted with suspicion by his U.S. ally, which is trying to convince him to sign the security accord governing any post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan.<p>"Afghanistan agreed on a long-term friendship and …

Rand Paul says 'seriously thinking about' 2016 White House run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Sunday he is giving serious thought to a run for the presidency in 2016 but might decide against it because of the burden a campaign would cause for his family.<p>Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to reporters during the 14th day of the partial …

U.N. inspectors visit Iranian site linked to nuclear program

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors visited an Iranian plant on Sunday linked to a planned heavy-water reactor that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by Tehran to open its disputed nuclear program to greater scrutiny.<p>A general view of the Arak heavy-water project, 190 km (120 …

Why Americans Are So Angry

Grim findings have been coming thick and fast. Most Americans no longer see President Barack Obama as honest. Half think that he "knowingly lied" to pass his Obamacare health law.<p>Fewer than one in five trust the government in Washington to do what is right all or most of the time.<p>Confidence in …

The Massively Different Pricing Of 2 Identical Drugs Shows Something Deeply Wrong With The US Healthcare System

They have identical risks, but one costs 40 times as much as the other. Yet, doctors often prescribe the more expensive drug.<p>This costs Medicare more than a billion dollars a year, but the agency can do little to stop it. Unlike other health agencies, Medicare does not have the right to negotiate …

Budget talks turn to military pensions

Can savings from military pensions be part of the solution to avoid deeper cuts from defense next month?<p>That’s an important question facing House-Senate negotiators as they try to close out a deal this week to avoid another round of sequestration in January and restore some certainty to the …

Controversial Pentagon Contract for Russian Helicopters Under Scrutiny

Top secret study recommended use of Russian helicopters to support Afghan troops.

Obama Becomes First President to Acknowledge ‘Area 51’

President Barack Obama on Sunday likely became the first <i>actual</i> President to publicly acknowledge Area 51, the top-secret government testing ground …

The New York Times scoops itself

The New York Times had a "groundbreaking" story, and the Las Vegas Sun published it first.<p>Just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, New York Times political editor (and soon to be Washington bureau chief) Carolyn Ryan announced via Twitter that her paper had "a very unusual, groundbreaking" story due for …

A prototype of Motorola's Ara modular smartphone is almost ready

Back in October, Motorola announced that it is working on the Phonebloks concept of a modular smartphone called Project Ara. Today, Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola confirmed in a Google+ hangout that the prototype of Ara is “pretty close” to being completed and that a final product — while still …

Answers to all your 'Robocop' K5 security bot questions (exclusive)

So this entrepreneur wants to put a bunch of 300-pound, autonomous security robots into circulation around the world — in schools, malls, public streets, you name it.<p>These bots are equipped with cameras, location trackers, and every kind of sensor you can imagine. They can recognize faces and scan …

Apple Has A New Way To Watch You While You Shop And It Could Soon Be Everywhere

iBeacon can give you turn-by-turn directions to help you find an item on a shelf, or it can tell you when your order is ready for pickup, or alert you to deals as you walk by them.<p>iBeacon is one of the new features of iOS 7, and Apple isn't the only one with plans to use it. As the AP's Barbara …

NASA's E.T. smartphone satellite has phoned home

NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home.<p>The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced last week.<p>As the …

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says

Amazon(s amzn) may have big plans to fill the urban air with drones, but many amateurs have already beaten the company to the punch. This month, my …

Quadrocopter drone recovers from failures without skipping a beat (video)

Quadrocopter drones are capable of some incredible acrobatics, but they seldom handle failure all that gracefully. ETH Zurich's Mark Mueller is tackling this problem through a new failsafe algorithm that gives these flying robots a better chance of survival. As you'll see in a video demo after the …

Tech Industry Group Demands NSA Reform

A group of the world’s most powerful Internet companies have come together to form the Reform Government Surveillance group, an organization pushing for wide-scale changes to US government surveillance in light of NSA revelations revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>Facebook, Google, Microsoft, …

WikiLeaks releases new documents exposing secret Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

In November, WikiLeaks published a rare draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — revealing the United States' covert international push for stronger intellectual property rights. Now, nearly a month after the first documents were published, the group is back on the case, publishing …

Budget talks worry those not in room

Largely shut out of the budget negotiations, Capitol Hill’s minority parties are getting increasingly antsy about the emerging agreement.<p>Senate Republicans and House Democrats are learning the details of a possible deal largely through the media. For Republicans, their unease is caused by news that …

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Tech giants call for greater limits on government surveillance

A handful of the most powerful tech companies are calling on President Obama and Congress to set limits on government surveillance efforts following a steady stream of revelations about data collected by the National Security Agency.<p>A brief letter, signed by eight companies including Apple, Google, …