If the economy’s so good, why aren’t workers getting raises?

Unemployment is falling, but wages still aren’t rising. Is that because companies didn’t want to lower pay during the crisis?

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    GOP challenge: Cut taxes for wealthy and show concern for middle class

    GOP challenge: Cut taxes for wealthy and show concern for middle class

    Marco Rubio’s new tax plan seeks a balance but may not calm the usual criticism of his party as ally of the rich.

    McDonald’s to stop using chicken treated with antibiotics

    McDonald’s to stop using chicken treated with antibiotics

    The chain, which has struggled to stay relevant, said the change would take two years.

    Target’s new strategy: We need more than just minivan moms

    Target’s new strategy: We need more than just minivan moms

    The retailer is going after Hispanics and urbanites to recover from the recession and a major data breach.

    Hiring by small businesses slowed again - but that’s alright

    Hiring by small businesses slowed again - but that’s alright

    Recent history suggests we should wait a couple months and check back.

    Main Street Morning: Obamacare’s end?

    Main Street Morning: Obamacare’s end?

    Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

    Netanyahu says U.S. is on verge of ‘bad deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

    Netanyahu says U.S. is on verge of ‘bad deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

    The Israeli prime minister forcefully argued that a deal to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check would have the opposite effect.

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    Protection is in the hands of the one whose identity is being targeted

    Consumers need to be vigilant in making sure their personal data is secure.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    What do falling oil prices mean for the U.S. in the short and long term?

    The immediate impact is negative, but the longer-term effects are more positive.

    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    Taking stock of pension funds and the trouble they’re in

    Two sets of numbers explain why pensions went from fat and happy to undernourished and desperate.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Northrop employee reads tea leaves, sees millions, in Keurig coffee machine

    Northern Virginia entrepreneur leaves 100k job tending satellites for dream.

    Market News

    US stocks fall, pulling market further below record highs

    US stocks fall, pulling market further below record highs

    U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs hit earlier in the week. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost ground.

    Wonkblog

    17 disturbing statistics from the federal report on Ferguson police

    17 disturbing statistics from the federal report on Ferguson police

    Blacks make up two thirds of Ferguson’s population, but account for 93 percent of all arrests.

    The risks of walking while black in Ferguson

    The risks of walking while black in Ferguson

    Blacks account for two thirds of the city’s population but 95 percent of jaywalking charges.

    Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

    Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

    Indian food still isn’t as popular as it should be

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    On Leadership

    After getting a raise, the glow fades fast

    After getting a raise, the glow fades fast

    Many people who get merit increases don’t feel more valued after receiving one.

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    Wal-Mart, eBay and Exxon have each been hit with proposals to publicly disclose pay disparities between male and female employees.

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    Get There

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at mandatory arbitration clauses, which large financial firms often stick in the fine print for credit cards, payday loans and other consumer products.

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    After years of public criticism over the aggressive practices of some of its debt collectors, the agency is canceling contracts.

    The Switch

    Netflix tries to explain its apparent sudden flip-flop on net neutrality

    Netflix tries to explain its apparent sudden flip-flop on net neutrality

    The company has come under fire for striking a controversial deal in Australia. Now its CFO is giving Netflix an even bigger headache.

    Uber is putting tablets for kids in hundreds of cars in the D.C. area

    Uber is putting tablets for kids in hundreds of cars in the D.C. area

    Nabi 2 tablets are a new feature for Uber Family cars -- but only in the DMV.

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