American Dream shatters in Prince George’s

(Michel du Cille / The Washington Post )

Residents of the nation’s highest-income majority-black county have seen the housing crisis ravage their wealth, and local economists say a full recovery appears unlikely anytime soon.

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Virginia happy hours might get less secretive if bill passes

If a new bill succeeds, Virginia bars might be able to detail their drink specials, though not prices.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX settles lawsuit against Air Force

Elon Musk’s SpaceX settles lawsuit against Air Force

The suit had argued SpaceX should have been allowed to compete for a contract to launch military satellites.

Trade deals can help small businesses if they look like this one

Trade deals can help small businesses if they look like this one

Think free trade deals will help small businesses? It’s a lot more complicated than that.

Obama’s plan to end college savings tax break draws fire

Obama’s plan to end college savings tax break draws fire

Critics say eliminating the benefit would discourage families from putting money away.

Former D.C. planner Andy Altman returns to a neighborhood he dreamed up

Former D.C. planner Andy Altman returns to a neighborhood he dreamed up

While Andy Altman was away, D.C. built one of the neighborhoods he had drawn up.

Obama’s visit to India spurs hope for better relations

Obama’s visit to India spurs hope for better relations

Two big goals are opening up India’s economy for U.S. businesses and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Pulling people out of poverty with one-on-one help

Some programs are using an innovative new way to help with personal finances: a coach.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

At the glimmering edge of good sense

The brawl over Emerald Cay, paradise to the 1 percent, is a parable of American capitalism gone wrong

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

It’s not hard to close the cash-rich split-off loophole

Require that more than 90 percent of the deal’s value (not one-third) consists of operating businesses.

Warren Brown

Warren Brown

On Wheels: Volkswagen Jetta, not just for show

Warren Brown sings the praises of automobiles that work in our garages, not just our fantasies.

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Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak; UPS slumps

Stocks fall, snapping 4-day winning streak; UPS slumps

A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week.

Wonkblog

The botched executions behind the Supreme Court case on lethal injection

The botched executions behind the Supreme Court case on lethal injection

What’s behind the Supreme Court announcing it would review lethal injection procedures used for many death row inmates across the country after a few of botched executions raised concerns about whether the procedure is unconstitutional.

No, the U.S. economy isn’t about to fall into recession

No, the U.S. economy isn’t about to fall into recession

The yield curve, the best predictor of recessions, is flashing yellow. But don’t worry.

The Crock-Pot’s unfulfilled promise

The Crock-Pot’s unfulfilled promise

The electric slow cooker was supposed to usher in a new era for women in the workplace.

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Companies need to break glass ceiling for minorities, too

New research shows boosting racial and ethnic diversity at the top could have an even bigger impact than gender on financial performance.

Becky Hammon’s path to being the NBA’s first full-time female coach

Becky Hammon’s path to being the NBA’s first full-time female coach

The former WNBA standout was signed by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach last summer.

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Proof that couples lie to each other about money all the time

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The easiest way to save money if you’re buying a car

The easiest way to save money if you’re buying a car

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The Switch

The fight for smartphone owners is netting us all some pretty good deals

The fight for smartphone owners is netting us all some pretty good deals

The battle over U.S. smartphone customers is getting heated, and resulting in some excellent promotions.

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Starbucks has managed to get you addicted to its coffee — and its app

The coffee giant’s mobile app helps build customer loyalty and collects data about them.

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