CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Choosing a restaurant used to be a simple decision: fancy or casual; Italian, Chinese or American; kids or no kids; friends or alone; pile into the car; go.
The biggest issue in the U.S. farm bill has little to do with agriculture and everything to do with partisan politics and the role of government in caring for the poor: food stamps.
CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- I always seem to be on a diet -- some days more than others, admittedly. But I've always been stymied when it comes to how many calories I can consume without getting depressed at the next morning's weigh in.
U.S. President Barack Obama says it's time to rethink the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, because its operation is a stain on the national psyche and diminishes that for which the United States stands.
The Federal Reserve may be saying encouraging things about the economy, the stock market may be setting records and employers say they're planning on hiring new college grads and summer workers, but millions of Americans have been out of work for at least six months and their prospects of finding new jobs don't seem to be getting any brighter.
Riddle me this: When is a drop in the U.S. unemployment rate not good news?
The sight of 20 small bodies lying on the floor of a first grade classroom in Newtown, Conn., rattled most Americans.
Baby steps. As U.S. President Barack Obama has conceded, the chance for a grand plan when it comes to the federal budget appears to be dead. And last week, he indicated a comprehensive plan for peace in the Middle East appears to be a distant hope as well.
U.S. banks appear increasingly willing to accept short sales -- selling a home for less than the balance on its mortgage -- rather than taking possession of a property, a report by online real estate tracking firm RealtyTrac indicates.
The latest mantra in budget rhetoric, "chained CPI," has become a rallying point for seniors and organizations like AARP, which see the change in calculating inflation for entitlement and other programs floated by President Obama as having a disproportionate impact on the elderly.
U.S. equity markets are on a roll and unemployment is coming down -- could happy days be here again?
CHICAGO, March 4 (UPI) -- American demographics are changing -- and not just because the baby boom generation is moving into its golden years, says Tom Mirabile, a trend analyst for the International Housewares Association.
If fingerpointing were an Olympic sport, Washington would win the gold hands down.
CHICAGO, March 2 (UPI) -- It sounds counterintuitive, but the Great Recession actually was a good thing for the $305 billion housewares industry.
If a class war is heating up, a pilot study by Northwestern and Vanderbilt universities indicates the federal spending deficit may be the trigger.