A Thanksgiving ‘turkey’ made of hot dogs

(Kraft Foods)

As social media become key sources for how-to guides and prime destinations for “humble-brag” photos of mouth-watering dishes, food giants are shifting their seasonal tactics to extend market reach.

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Pentagon imposes strict standards on security firms

Pentagon imposes strict standards on security firms

The effort gives the DOD the ability to more easily hold private security contractors accountable.

Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

Here’s when the big sales are slated to kick off.

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Mortgage rates mostly flat heading into holiday

The 30-year fixed-rate average dips to 3.97 percent, remaining below 4 percent for the second week in a row.

A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

Last year, the mood was more “Bah Humbug” than “Joy to the World.” So what changed for small businesses?

Why was the recession so much worse for small businesses? Blame lending

Why was the recession so much worse for small businesses? Blame lending

Timid banks and tight credit hurt small businesses, but not big ones, new research argues.

The new world of food marketing

The new world of food marketing

Food companies increasingly are betting that the route to your dinner table is through your social networks.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Giving gift cards at Christmas used to feel lazy. Why I have no guilt this year.

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Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

You just signed a
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Giancarlo Stanton’s baseball deal isn’t as much as it sounds like, and he still needs to budget and plan ahead.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Doggett parking’s real dividend is in its Heroes charity

Washington nonprofit helps families of fallen police, firefighters move forward; it was Bud Doggett’s Way.

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Stock indexes edge further into record territory

Stock indexes edge further into record territory

U.S. stocks are closing with slight gains, just enough to push the market further into record territory.

Wonkblog

Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor

Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor

Two internal Democratic Party disputes this week are surfacing tensions over who the party should focus on: the poor or the middle class.

Just how bad global warming is for the world’s polar bear population

Just how bad global warming is for the world’s polar bear population

Losing Arctic ice means losing polar bears.

Map: Where your Thanksgiving dinner comes from

The most American thing about Thanksgiving dinner might be how different parts of the country play a role in bringing the meal to each table.

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Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

As the holidays begin, here’s a look at several new books that would make for professionally useful gifts.

Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

New research suggests when bankers are reminded of their profession, they’re more likely to cheat.

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How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

These steps will reduce your chances of paying for someone else’s shopping spree.

How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

Remember when people used to elbow their way through crowds at sunrise to get the best deals? Those days are over.

The Switch

In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

The caveat: even that growing global online population tends to look a lot like that of the United States -- relatively well-off, generally educated, and fairly young.

#HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

#HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

Traveling by train? air? hot air balloon? Someone is always watching you.

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