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Treasury Secretary: Congress Must End Uncertainty On Debt

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the debt ceiling needs to be raised, but without another economically damaging partisan fight.<p>In a series of interviews on the Sunday morning political talk shows, Lew said Congress needs to lift the "cloud of uncertainty" over the nation's finances and raise the …

High-Deductible Health Plans, Gamble For Some, On The Rise

Near the end of last year, a big finance company in Charlotte, N.C., was doing what a lot of other businesses have been doing recently: switching up their health care offerings.<p>"Everything was changing, and we would only be offered two choices and each were a high-deductible plan," says Marty …

First Take: Will ad giant take on tech titans?

Merger of Omnicom-Publicis is concern for Google, Facebook, Yahoo in a profit-hungry scramble for digital ads.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — The $35.1 billion monster merger that Omnicom Group and Publicis announced Sunday could send rumblings throughout the digital-advertising landscape.<p>While Google is the …

East Jerusalem thorniest of issues ahead of peace talks

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Cabinet approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners Sunday.<p>As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington on Monday, the future of Jerusalem looms as the thorniest and most difficult issue to resolve.<p>The State Department …

State health exchange rates vary, but lower than expected

Health insurance rates for Americans who will buy insurance on state exchanges starting Jan. 1 are lower than expected, a variety of government and insurance industry studies show.<p><i>This story was originally published July 29, 2013.</i><p>WASHINGTON — As state health exchanges continue to announce …

Farm bills mock cost cutting: Our view

A sugar program that only North Korea could love.<p>For many years, rural and urban lawmakers in Washington formed an unusual alliance. Urban representatives supported farm subsidies in exchange for rural support of food stamps. Predictably, this backscratching arrangement resulted in both programs …