The controversial idea that could lower student debt

A coalition of liberal and conservative lawmakers is promoting a plan on Capitol Hill that would force colleges to pay up when their students default.

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Main Street Morning: USDA to pay farmers $191 million for bird flu losses

Main Street Morning: USDA to pay farmers $191 million for bird flu losses

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

Boeing chairman: The Export-Import Bank debate isn’t over

Boeing chairman: The Export-Import Bank debate isn’t over

The outgoing Boeing CEO visits Washington to talk about the Export-Import Bank and why there are no commercial supersonic planes yet.

WWE’s risky gamble on streaming video pays off

WWE’s risky gamble on streaming video pays off

The company now makes more from online subscriptions than it ever did through pay-per-view TV.

Ted Lerner’s bet on Silver Line gets its reward

Ted Lerner’s bet on Silver Line gets its reward

With vacancy up across Northern Virginia, Lerner’s firm lands lease that will occupy a quarter of new building on Silver Line.

Lockheed Martin tackles health care, with a little help from its friends

Lockheed Martin tackles health care, with a little help from its friends

The defense contractor has turned its attention to the human body with the launch of a new health care alliance.

How America’s truck, the Ford F-150, became a plaything for the rich

How America’s truck, the Ford F-150, became a plaything for the rich

The nation’s best-selling truck has taken a star turn toward luxury, and new editions run twice the price of the average American car.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

First comes the hack, then comes the scam

The FTC recently issued an alert to look out for agency imposters offering compensation to data-breach victims.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

Bad investment advice lives forever on the Internet

Investment forecasts and predictions are simply an aggressive, destructive form of marketing.

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Afraid your retirement nest egg won’t last long? You’re not alone.

Feeling better about your financial situation can start with having a frank discussion with a financial expert.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

For tax techies, P&G’s deal with Coty is a thing of beauty

But for people whose stomachs churn when U.S. companies go to great lengths to avoid taxes, not so much.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

That server who just sold you a latte auditioned for that job through video

Lanham-based JobOn sells software that allows job-hunters to videotape their applications.

Market News

US stocks little changed as investors react to earnings

US stocks little changed as investors react to earnings

U.S. stocks were mixed in early trading Friday, as investors reacted to some disappointing quarterly earnings. Declines were led by energy companies after two big oil companies reported a slump in earnings.

Wonkblog

There are only 180 Florida panthers left, and drivers are killing dozens of them each year

The state is considering cutting back on panther protections.

U.S. austerity was even worse than we thought, data suggest

State and local governments were spending less, with consequences for the economy as a whole.

How olive oil explains Greece’s problems

How olive oil explains Greece’s problems

Where the olive oil flows like water, but no one is making money off it

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On Leadership

The average worker loses 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia, and companies are taking notice

The average worker loses 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia, and companies are taking notice

Goldman Sachs has brought in sleep experts, Google hosts “sleeposium” events and LinkedIn just launched a new program for its workers.

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will publicly share its internal diversity training

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will publicly share its internal diversity training

Despite the fact that its own diversity numbers haven’t moved much in the past year, Facebook is looking to set an example with its approach.

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Get There

Are stock markets near ‘dangerous territory’?

Are stock markets near ‘dangerous territory’?

Fund manager Bill Nygren spoke with The Post about how he is navigating a pricey market.

People are saving more for retirement — but they’re still making one big mistake

People are saving more for retirement — but they’re still making one big mistake

Retirement contributions, and loans from retirement accounts, ebb and flow with the economy.

The Switch

Game on: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all look strong headed into the holiday season

Game on: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all look strong headed into the holiday season

It’s game on for major video game console makers, all of whom reported strong numbers for their most recent quarters headed into the busy fall and winter buying season

Planned Parenthood Web site faces cyberattack. Again.

Planned Parenthood Web site faces cyberattack. Again.

The group said it experienced a “wide scale distributed denial of service attack.“

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