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Obama Has Tied Reagan In Public Opinion Polls

Don't look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014. Is it just a bit...Show More Summary

55 Percent of U.S. Tablet Users Adopting Video Apps

Media tablet ownership among American consumers is on the rise, and growing at a faster rate than that of any other connected consumer electronics device. According to the NPD Group, as of the third quarter of 2014, there were 109 million tablets in use -- that's up by 35 million from last year.

New French jobless record casts pall on Christmas

``The figures showed a rise of 27,400 people on the jobless queue compared to the previous month, up 0.8 percent from October and 5.8 percent compared to the previous year.''

Japan 2-year JGBs sold at negative yield for first time

``The Ministry of Finance sold 2.5 trillion yen ($20.80 billion) of two-year JGBs in which the average accepted yield was -0.0030 percent. The result comes in the wake of the two-year yield dropping to a record low of -0.040 percent last week.''

Saudi to dig into reserves for 2015 budget

``In a sign of mounting financial pressure, the Finance Ministry said the government would try to cut back on salaries, wages and allowances, which "contribute to about 50 percent of total budgeted expenditures." That could stir resentment...Show More Summary

Only 10 Percent Adult Americans Managed To Pass The GED Test This Year – What’s Wrong?

The GED (General Education Diploma) test was supposed to be one of the simplest of examinations for Americans. However, to their dismay, many adult citizens discovered the GED test to have been made exceptionally difficult this year and the trend doesn’t look good at all. Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Ready For $20, $30, $40 Oil

Submitted by Colin Chilcoat via OilPrice.com, Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell 2 and 3.3 percent respectively to start the week and Saudi Arabia is prepared to go much lower in a bid to trim the fat. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said as much in an interview with the Middle East Economic Survey on Monday. Show More Summary

$2.13 an hour means widespread sexual harassment in the restaurant industry

21 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Women make up 66 percent of all tipped restaurant workers, which means a federal minimum wage of $2.13 an hour, a rate that hasn't changed in two decades. That means they live in or near poverty at high rates and are vulnerable to harassment...Show More Summary

Welcome home, thundering bison, to your Prairie State

The native prairie tallgrasses look lifeless in late December. But even in the drab sepia of winter they promise the same vivid spring brilliance as when they covered 60 percent of Illinois, some 22 million acres. Today, owing to urbanization, agriculture, invasive species and suppression of...

How strong was Santa's magic for nation's retailers?

National Retail Federation expects holiday spending to rise 4.1 percent over 2013; another forecast pegged growth at 5.5 percent

NBA on ABC: Viewership Up 19 Percent for Cavaliers-Heat on Christmas Day

On Thursday, Dec. 25, ABC was the exclusive broadcast home to a blockbuster NBA Christmas Day doubleheader, which delivered double-digit viewership growth, according to Nielsen.

?Tesla Roadster 3.0 Can From San Fran To LA (400 Miles!) In One Charge

yesterdayVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Tesla is out with its 3.0 upgrade for the Roadster, and by combining improved aerodynamics, reduced rolling resistance, and new batteries, Tesla claims its achieved a 40-50 percent improvement on range. And it's going to test that with a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Read more...

NBA on ABC: Cavaliers-Heat Christmas Showdown Up 12 Percent with Strong 5.5 Metered Market Rating

ABC’s blockbuster NBA Christmas Day doubleheader delivered strong overnight ratings across the board on Thursday, Dec. 25, leading to a 12 percent ratings increase versus last year.

No Wonder Sony Didn’t Want To Release ‘The Interview’

Those who have seen “The Interview” aren’t exactly raving about it. The mediocre film got more advance press than almost any other film in history. One has to wonder if Sony wasn’t behind it. The movie is scoring just a 50 percent positive review from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website. It’s fairing even more [...]

IBM: Christmas online sales up 8.3%, iOS numbers nearly quadruple Android’s

Christmas is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people, which means it’s also a big day for online shopping. Online sales grew by 8.3 percent over 2013, according to the latest figures from IBM. Mobile traffic accounted for more than half (57.1 percent) of all online shopping traffic, up 18.6 percent over 2013. […]

My Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2014

Like a lot of you, I take time at the end of every year to review and assess my last twelve months—and that includes my blog. One of the things I do is review my top posts. Overall, my traffic is up 19.7 percent, and I’m always interested in what’s working and why. It helps […]

Businesses hope Christmas retail figures make up for rough early-season start

Estimates for holiday sales show an increase of 4 to 5.5 percent over 2013. But so far, it's too early to see if the retail figures are worth celebrating this year. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins "CBS This Morning" to go over the numbers.

Global 500 Firms’ GHG Emissions Rise

Greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s 500 largest businesses rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, according to a Thomson Reuters report written in collaboration with BSD Consulting. During this time the UN says major companies should have seen a 4.2 percent reduction to keep global temperatures within a 2 degrees Celsius increase to limit […]

Let’s all screw the 1 percent: The simple move Obama could make to strengthen the rest of us

You're working more hours and not getting paid for them. We can fix that -- and put more people to work. Here's how

Hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain: 7 questions to ask

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP, pain in the pelvis that is present for more than 2 weeks a month and has been there for more than 6 months) affects 15 percent of women and accounts for upwards of $2 billion a year in direct medical costs. To say it is a significant health burden is a […]

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