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The U.S. Recovery

The U.S. Recovery : Business
The number of pending home sales fell in December after rising for the past 20 straight months.

The housing roadblock that could kill the recovery

A slowdown in issuing construction loans to builders is causing a chain reaction that could hurt the whole housing market

The U.S. Recovery : Business
Young Spaniards protest against austerity measures: Can the U.S. learn from Europe?

An austerity program that both Democrats and Republicans can support

Both parties need to let go of their preconceptions about government spending

The U.S. Recovery : Analysis
Visitors to the New York Stock Exchange applaud after the Dow Jones and the S&P both hit five-year highs on Jan. 24.

Why the stock market boom doesn't signal an economic recovery

The clamoring bells of the New York Stock Exchange are far removed from the financial realities of most Americans

The U.S. Recovery : Business
A woman walks by destroyed homes and businesses in Queens, New York: Hurricane Sandy likely contributed to America's recent economic contraction.

The miserable GDP report: Is the economy in trouble again?

Last quarter, the economy contracted for the first time since the Great Recession ended. Still, the headline number may belie strong fundamentals

The U.S. Recovery : Business
Investing in roads and bridges now could help reduce our debt later.

How investing in infrastructure could reduce our long-term debt

Infrastructure spending moves people off of couches and into productive employment — and that makes us all better off

The U.S. Recovery : Analysis
The economy needs a hero. Ben Bernanke to the rescue?

The Fed's historic bid to lower the jobless rate

The central bank just made a massive commitment to rejuvenating the labor market. Congress, on the other hand, is essentially MIA

The U.S. Recovery : First Reactions
Good news for Obama: The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.7 percent — the lowest it's been in four years.

The surprisingly solid jobs report — and how it strengthens Obama's hand in the fiscal cliff talks

A rise in the jobless rate might have hurt the president's argument that America ought to raise taxes on the wealthy

The U.S. Recovery : By the numbers
At the peak of the baby boom in 1957, there were 122.7 births per 1,000 women. In 2011, that number was 63.2 per 1,000.

The Great Recession's baby bust: By the numbers

A steep decline in births between 2007 and 2011, especially among immigrants, has left us at record-low fertility levels. Uh-oh

The U.S. Recovery : Analysis
A shopper pays for her purchases during a Black Friday sale at a Target in Braintree, Mass.

What Black Friday says about the economic recovery

Over the holiday weekend, millions of Americans flocked to stores and snapped up bargains online. Does that prove the recovery is finally gathering steam?

The U.S. Recovery : Opinion Brief
Whoever wins Tuesday will have little time to settle into the White House before he's confronted with "a host of terribly difficult economic issues," says Michael Sivy at TIME.

Will the economy rebound no matter who wins the presidency?

The central question of the campaign has been which candidate would return the nation to prosperity. But is our immediate economic future out of their hands?

The U.S. Recovery : The List
Job applicants wait to meet potential employers at a New York City job fair on Sept. 28: In October, the U.S. economy added a better-than-expected 171,000 jobs.

October's solid jobs report — and what it means for the presidential race

The economy added a better-than-expected 171,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent. Is that good news for Obama, or not?

The U.S. Recovery : The Bullpen
Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis: The incredible shrinking manufacturing sector

President Obama has an unexpectedly frank message for blue-collar workers: Kiss your jobs goodbye

The U.S. Recovery : In-depth briefing
No country currently backs its currency with gold, but many have in the past — including the U.S.

Everything you need to know about the gold standard

Some Tea Party activists are calling for a return to the gold standard. How would it affect the economy?

The U.S. Recovery : Opinion Brief
With the economy sputtering and unemployment at an uncomfortably high 8.1 percent, the Fed is stepping in. That's "further confirmation that President Obama's policies have not worked," says Mitt Romney.

The Fed's stimulus program: Proof Obama has failed?

The central bank is taking aggressive steps to boost the lackluster economy, and Republicans say it only underscores Obama's poor economic stewardship

The U.S. Recovery : The List
On Sept. 13, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made the jargon-laced announcement everyone (in the financial world) had been waiting for: The Fed will embark on a new round of economic stimulus through quantitative easing.

The Fed's big new stimulus program: 6 takeaways

The central bank pleasantly surprises global markets with an aggressive program to lower the unemployment rate and boost the sluggish U.S. economy

The U.S. Recovery : Instant Guide
People wait in line for the iPhone 4 in New York City in 2010: If Apple sells 8 million iPhone 5s by the end of 2012, it would boost GDP by one-third of a percentage point, analysts say.

How the iPhone 5 could juice the U.S. economy

The feverishly anticipated new smartphone will likely fly off shelves by the millions, acting as a veritable stimulus program. In your face, Fed?

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