Economy adds 209,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate edges up to 6.2 percent

For six straight months, the U.S. economy has added more than 200,000 jobs, the longest streak since the mid-’90s.

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At Georgetown University, a summer school for budding entrepreneurs

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Target names Pepsi's Cornell as chairman, CEO

Target names Pepsi's Cornell as chairman, CEO

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Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

Obama cracks down on labor breaches by contractors

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Panasonic, Tesla to build big U.S. battery plant

Panasonic, Tesla to build big U.S. battery plant

American electric car maker Tesla is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.

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Economy adds 209,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate edges up to 6.2 percent

Economy adds 209,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate edges up to 6.2 percent

For six straight months, the U.S. economy has added more than 200,000 jobs, the longest streak since the mid-’90s.

Wonkbook: What Congress got done just before going on summer recess

Wonkbook: What Congress got done just before going on summer recess

We’ve hit summer recess — sort of. What did Congress get done?

More and more Americans are living with the ‘double burden’ of concentrated poverty

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How Target’s new CEO can succeed as an outsider

How Target’s new CEO can succeed as an outsider

Brian Cornell will face pressure to hurry up and fix problems at the retailer. But research shows he shouldn’t rush too much.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on leadership

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on leadership

“Government can and should lead is in workplace flexibility.“

A Hippocratic oath for bankers?

A Hippocratic oath for bankers?

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The Switchboard: Facebook faces suit over privacy in Europe

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Why did all these countries start asking for Twitter’s user data?

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Is the Wiretappers’ Ball hosting guests from repressive regimes?

Is the Wiretappers’ Ball hosting guests from repressive regimes?

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