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Amazon founder’s Blue Origin signed a deal to put the vroom vroom in national security space launches.

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Pregnant pause: HUD launches discrimination probe

Pregnant pause: HUD launches discrimination probe

Some lenders may be denying home mortgages to expectant mothers or those on maternity leave.

Contracting rules for small firms aren’t being enforced

Contracting rules for small firms aren’t being enforced

A federal investigation reveals that contracting officers aren’t ensuring small-business set-aside contracts are fully benefiting small firms.

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

The prolonged flat, stable period of mortgage rates came to an end this week as the 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.23 percent.

Yellen says US families need to boost savings

Yellen says US families need to boost savings

The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are “extraordinarily vulnerable” to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, the Federal Reserve chair said.

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that the job market is strengthening.

Boggs’ passing comes at a time his firm is trying to rebuild

Boggs’ passing comes at a time his firm is trying to rebuild

Leaders at Squire Patton Boggs say succession plan in lobbying group will continue unchanged

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

A secured credit card can help to establish or mend credit

This method is good for those who have never built credit or are rebuilding credit after adverse events.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

An odd approach to attacking crony capitalism

It’s disappointing that both parties are content to focus this debate on the obscure Export-Import Bank.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Sleep deprived at 29, she wakes up to million-dollar spa biz

With an assist from hippie-friendly Takoma Park, an acupuncturist finds economic health in the spa industry.

Market News

Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

The U.S. stock market is higher in midday trading as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it’s in no rush to raise interest rates.

Wonkblog

The unacceptable geographic disparities in who gets a new organ

The unacceptable geographic disparities in who gets a new organ

Where you live makes a huge difference on how long you wait for a new organ.

Americans don’t care for Washington. Apparently the feeling is mutual.

Americans don’t care for Washington. Apparently the feeling is mutual.

New research finds a wide gulf between official Washington and everyone else.

The clear winner in Scotland’s referendum: brevity

The clear winner in Scotland’s referendum: brevity

No matter what happens toady, the Scots got the question right.

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On Leadership

Five things to know about Alibaba’s leadership

Five things to know about Alibaba’s leadership

Despite its massive size, the company has several quirks that make its leadership structure unique among tech giants.

Treating citizens like customers

Treating citizens like customers

Federal government ranks lower than cable companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

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Get There

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

How the pay gap leads to the retirement savings gap

Lower pay over time amounts to less in savings -- and smaller Social Security payments down the road.

A guide to breaking up with your bank

A guide to breaking up with your bank

People who aren’t careful when they make the change can face steep fees for missed payments, money transfers and overdrafts.

The Switch

Bitcoin gets an industry-backed advocacy group

Bitcoin gets an industry-backed advocacy group

Experienced technology policy entrepreneur Jerry Brito launches the Coin Center, with venture capitalist backing.

Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive

Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive

A look at 14 metropolitan areas and their neighbors links gigabit Internet speeds to higher per-capita GDP.

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