Opening Lines Set For A Deal To Avoid Fiscal Cliff
With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges — most immediately $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts. Both the president and congressional leaders are signaling a willingness to work together to avoid a fiscal disaster.
Republicans Review Election Results For Insight
This week's presidential election was very close in the popular vote. But it was a real blowout in the Electoral College. A GOP pollster says Democrats have assembled a majority coalition and that means his party has to make some big changes.
Obamacare Is Here To Stay, But In What Form?
With President Obama's re-election, states that had postponed creating health insurance exchanges required by the sweeping federal health law will now have to scramble to set them up. These marketplaces are supposed to make it easier for people to shop for health coverage.
Conservatives Vow To Maintain Anti-Abortion Fight
After the election, many conservatives are pondering their losses. Some say their anti-abortion principles weren't the problem — it was the Republican Party's failure to run a truly conservative candidate. They're vowing to change the party and continue their fight to restrict abortion.
Studying How, And What, We Download
Digital music sales are expected to reach record highs this year, and legal streaming services continue to gain in popularity. But unauthorized music file sharing is still going strong.
Labor Strife Pits Immigrants Against Immigrants
Mexican immigrant Robert Silva says he just wanted to form a union. The Milwaukee pizza factory worker is one of several dozen employees embroiled in a labor dispute against a frozen pizza company founded by Italian immigrants.
Storm-Damaged Cars Could Boost Auto Sales
As many as 250,000 cars and trucks damaged when Hurricane Sandy stormed up the East Coast will have to be scrapped, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. The estimate is less than the 325,000 cars ruined by hurricane Katrina.
Mich. Voters Defeat 2 Organized Labor Ballot Issues
Unions poured millions of dollars into ballot campaigns to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and allow state-paid home care assistants to organize into a union. Both were resoundingly defeated.
Americans Rediscover The Kick Of Hard Cider
The fruit-based alcoholic drink may not yet rival beer in popularity, but sales have been increasing rapidly in the past few years. A variety of flavors and the use of fruits other than the traditional apple are helping to attract a new generation of hard cider drinkers.