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Working in America : Fact Sheet
If you have ever felt this frustrated after a day at the office, the Dallas-based Anger Room lets you lash out for a full 15 minutes for only $45.

The 'Anger Room': The new way to blow off steam after work

Let's face it: Some days you leave work wanting to throw, punch, and break things. If you live in Dallas, you can — for a small fee, of course

 
Wall Street : Burning Question
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: Does he even understand the increasingly complex computer games his own bank is playing?

JPMorgan's $2 billion loss: Time to fire CEO Jamie Dimon?

The nation's largest bank is scrambling to contain the fallout from a risky bet gone wrong, but some say the purge has to start at the top

 
Wall Street : Opinion Brief
Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan Chase and Co, attributes his firm's $2 billion loss to "errors, sloppiness, and bad judgment."

JPMorgan's shocking $2 billion loss: Proof we need stronger financial reform?

Four years after the financial crisis, another major bank gets caught making huge, risky bets that went sour. Critics say it's time for a serious crackdown

 
The U.S. Recovery : Fact Sheet
Two-thirds of students graduating this summer will have student loan debt of more than $25,000.

5 reasons new graduates face a grim economic future

As college seniors around the country prepare to leave school, even their parents might have to admit that today's grads have it much tougher than mom and dad

 
Unemployed in America : The List
The jobless rate fell to 8.1 percent in April, but President Obama will still almost certainly be heading into the November election with a relatively high unemployment rate.

April's disappointing jobs report: 6 takeaways

The unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent, but the economy adds only a meager 115,000 jobs, fueling concerns that the recovery is stalling once again

 
Wall Street : Analysis
By the end of January 2008, President Obama had raised well over $7 million from Wall Street moguls, but by January of this year he had raised just $2.4 million.

Has Obama been too tough on Wall Street?

The president is losing the support of financial titans, who complain that Obama has demonized their industry. But critics of the 1 percent aren't shedding any tears

 
The U.S. Recovery : Opinion Brief
Roseanne Cash, backed by a conspicuously diverse band of musicians, plays under the Brooklyn Bridge in a new American tourism advertisment that all but screams: "All are welcome."

America's first tourism ad campaign: Will it bring back visitors?

The U.S. never felt the need to lure guidebook-toting foreigners to the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge... until tourism plunged in the wake of 9/11

 
Working in America : Burning Question
Forget the 80-hour workweek: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is home for dinner with her kids by 6 p.m. every night.

Time to cap the workweek at 40 hours?

Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg says she leaves the office every day at 5:30, sparking a discussion about how much people gain (and lose) by working tougher hours

 
The U.S. Recovery : Controversy
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and fellow Congressional Republicans are pushing for even deeper government spending cuts.

Are government spending cuts slowing the recovery?

The private sector is growing faster than the broader economy, and some analysts blame government budget cuts for stalling a more robust economic comeback

 
The U.S. Recovery : Opinion Brief
Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, two of the nation's leading economists, may have to agree to disagree over how to use the Fed to create jobs.

Paul Krugman vs. Ben Bernanke: Is there a dangerous 'hive-mind' at the Fed?

The Nobel laureate accuses the Fed chairman of blindly following the rest of the Federal Reserve, and not being aggressive enough in fighting unemployment

 
The U.S. Recovery : Forecast
President Obama plans to turn America's manufacturing around after decades of globalization that weakened the nation's manufacturing might.

Can Obama revive America's manufacturing industry?

The president has pledged to restore the country's once-vibrant manufacturing sector, but his plan might be nothing more than a pipe dream

 
Working in America : Instant Guide
It can be hard for any new mom to leave her child five days a week, so one Australian company is giving women a financial incentive to return to the workplace.

'Welcome back to work' baby bonuses: Good for business?

A ground-breaking Australian company offers women who opt to return from maternity leave double pay for six weeks — claiming it's cheaper than replacing them

 
Working in America : Analysis
Google's New York offices reflect a growing trend in which companies favor communal "open workspaces" over a honeycomb of semi-enclosed cubicles.

Is the office cubicle dead?

Cost-cutting companies are tearing down cubicle walls to cram more workers into limited space — and even semi-privacy is becoming a nostalgic dream

 
Wall Street : Instant Guide
After Citigroup shares dropped 44 percent last year, investors are demanding to know why CEO Vikram Pandit should be rewarded with a hefty bonus package.

How Citigroup shareholders smacked down their CEO's massive bonus

Though the bank endured a painful stock drop last year, Vikram Pandit stood to collect a huge pay package. Not so fast, said shareholders

 
The Tax Battle : By the numbers
The Obamas will get a $24,515 refund check from the IRS this year, after slightly overpaying their six-figure federal tax bill.

Presidential tax refunds: By the numbers

Obama is getting a big fat check from the IRS this year — and in the Oval Office, that's the rule, not the exception

 
The Tax Battle : Burning Question
The typical American family of four spends about 40 hours a year filling out and filing their tax return.

Should the government do your taxes for you?

The IRS already has all your financial information, and could theoretically just send you a bill every April for what you owe

 
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