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'House of Cards': Why Frank Underwood's economic plan is crazy

Spoiler alert: Frank Underwood's economic policy in "House of Cards" is crazy.<p>At least it is through the first four episodes, which is all my binge has so far taken in.<p>With 18 months left in the White House, the fictional president on Netflix (NFLX) wants to add 10 million jobs. That's over half a …

529 plans may soon cover more college expenses

The rules governing 529 college savings plans may soon become more flexible.<p>Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand the benefits offered by the college savings plans to include coverage of expenses like computers and Internet access.<p>The bill came together in the wake …

Putin's movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory

Coming to a Moscow cinema soon: movies about Crimea and the mighty Russian army.<p>A year after it annexed Crimea and encouraged separatists to take up arms against Ukraine, the government of Vladimir Putin wants producers to make films celebrating Russian military victories. And Crimea's history in …

This should be your first investment

Today's young adults face huge financial obstacles, with huge amounts of student loan debt, difficulties in getting good jobs, and overall lack of confidence about their future.<p>The last thing most young people are prepared to do is to start thinking about laying the groundwork for accumulating …

Blackstone CEO: Being nice is more important than an MBA

Wall Street is known as a testosterone-fueled industry where foul language is the norm and greed rules all.<p>But at least one very successful titan of finance isn't looking for someone who fits that description.<p>"To be hired at our place and work with us you have to be nice. I don't like people who …

Hey Hillary, most of us can't use personal e-mail for work

Hillary Clinton isn't the only one who could get in trouble for using a personal e-mail account to do official business. You could get fired for doing the same thing.<p>Many companies, particularly large employers, have policies that prohibit their employees from using their personal e-mail account …

What to do with a big, fat inheritance

<i>I just inherited $250,000 that I want to invest, but I'm concerned that stocks may be overvalued and bonds might be hurt by rising interest rates. Should I invest this money gradually to protect myself -- and, if so, how long should I spread it out? -- Mary M., Connecticut</i><p>When it comes to investing …

Retirement

Buffalo's $1 homes aren't as cheap as they seem

Paying $1 for a house may seem too good to be true -- and, in many cases, it is.<p>In Buffalo, New York, the city is selling vacant properties for a buck to those willing to fix them up and live in them for a few years.<p>Buffalo's Urban Homesteading Program, which has been around for almost four decades …

Boehner Caves on Amnesty: March 3, 2015 is day that will live in infamy

“We were never going to win in Congress.”<p>That is the epitaph spoken by Speaker Boehner ally Representative Tom Cole on the collapse of House Leadership’s resolve to legislatively fight Executive Amnesty.<p>House and Senate Republicans who still care about the country, should throw off the illusion …

Ex-Iranian hostages agree with Bibi: Tehran can't be trusted

They dealt with the Iranian regime first-hand more than three decades ago, when it was founded in an act of war against the U.S., and several survivors of the hostage crisis say the idea of the U.S. negotiating with an unrepentant Tehran makes their blood boil.<p>For 444 days, the 52 Americans were …

2 more NFL players vow to donate brains to science

Two more NFL football players have announced their intention to donate their brains to science after their deaths, so that more research on a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of brain injuries can be done.<p>In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends, …

What could kill Obamacare

Republicans have tried to kill Obamacare more than 50 times. But the Supreme Court couldactually do it with a single ruling.<p>Justices will hear arguments Wednesday on whether most Obamacare enrollees can keep their subsidies.<p>A ruling against the Obama administration could send Obamacare into a death …

Health Care