Jeff Bezos, rocket man, shows off new engine

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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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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

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

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police

New operating system makes it impossible for company to comply with requests for data on devices.

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

US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates

US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates

U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while.

Wonkblog

Americans don’t care for Washington. New research suggests the feeling is mutual.

Americans don’t care for Washington. New research suggests 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.

Americans are tired of long restaurant menus

Americans are tired of long restaurant menus

For years, long windy menus were the fad, Americans are finally growing tired of all the clunky, and often confusing, food lists, and restaurants seem to be taking note.

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On Leadership

Treating citizens like customers

Treating citizens like customers

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

When really bad ideas go to market

Urban Outfitters is hardly the only company to leave customers asking, “How could that get through quality control?“

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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

Switchboard: How Apple’s iOS 8 trumps government demands for data

Switchboard: How Apple’s iOS 8 trumps government demands for data

Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

Amazon unveils six new tablets and e-readers

Amazon unveils six new tablets and e-readers

Launch is the latest sign that the Web retailer is trying to reach consumers through devices where it can sell more books, movies and TV shows.

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