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New York Times announces plan to cut 100 newsroom jobs

New York Times announces plan to cut 100 newsroom jobs

The executive editor hopes the reductions can be done through voluntary buyouts.

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Washington’s unemployment rate continues to climb

Government labor force, professional services firms continue to shrink, holding back the area’s recovery.

Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September.

Here is how much JPMorgan has done to help struggling homeowners

Here is how much JPMorgan has done to help struggling homeowners

JPMorgan Chase has dispensed nearly a quarter of the $4 billion in aid to struggling homeowners that the Justice Department order in the bank’s $13 billion settlement over the sale of faulty mortgage securities.

The potential and peril of data mining health records

The potential and peril of data mining health records

Doctors could customize care to a level never seen before, but a host of issues stand in the way.

Suit over profits at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is rejected

Suit over profits at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is rejected

A hedge fund said the government was taking too much, at the expense of private investors.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

When phone scammers come calling, there are ways you can fight back

Readers share some of their tips for dealing with unsolicited calls from con artists.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

The shorts vs. Northwest Biotherapeutics

The stock market ordeal of Northwest Biotheraputics illustrates the reasons why Main Street hates Wall Street.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Nationals put some mustard on season-ticket sales pitch

Washington baseball team throws in autographs, photos, discounts; sales bullpen includes GM Mike Rizzo.

Market News

Stocks sink on weak economic news; Airlines down

Stocks sink on weak economic news; Airlines down

U.S. stocks are slumping to a third straight loss as investors fret over poor economic news.

Wonkblog

The middle class is poorer today than it was in 1989

The middle class is poorer today than it was in 1989

No wonder people are still so gloomy: the recovery hasn’t one at all for middle class wealth.

A battle’s brewing within the GOP over whether to pursue tax reform

A battle’s brewing within the GOP over whether to pursue tax reform

Facing the prospect of a fully Republican Congress for the first time in eight years, GOP strategists are divided over how to advance a central tenet of their political agenda: a simpler U.S. tax code with sharply lower rates.

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On Leadership

Leadership lessons from baseball

Leadership lessons from baseball

Bad losses during a season? Bad days at the office? It’s all kind of the same.

10 startups where everyone wants to work

10 startups where everyone wants to work

LinkedIn released a list of the Bay Area startups where local techies most want jobs.

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Get There

Is it time to check your exit strategy?

Is it time to check your exit strategy?

With volatility on the rise, investors should be ready to move quickly to safer ground if needed.

High auto insurance is hurting low-income families, says report

High auto insurance is hurting low-income families, says report

Researchers found that the five largest auto insurers do not offer basic policies to safe drivers for less than $500 a year in more than one-third of the nation’s low-income areas.

The Switch

Verizon is backing down on its plan to slow down unlimited data users

Verizon is backing down on its plan to slow down unlimited data users

The company’s course correction comes as federal regulators weigh whether to apply new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers.

One year post-launch, Republicans are still getting mileage out of HealthCare.gov

One year post-launch, Republicans are still getting mileage out of HealthCare.gov

The site’s flawed start is proving useful campaign fodder, some 365 days later.

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Protests over state budget cuts

Protests over state budget cuts

Facing major budget problems, governors around the nation are proposing cuts to education, health care and state employee benefits.

The hard road back

The hard road back

One of the defining features of the Great Recession is the magnitude and duration of unemployment. These stories depict the crisis for workers and explain the pressures that have stalled the creation of jobs for them.

Foreclosure system in chaos

Foreclosure system in chaos

During the housing boom, millions of homeowners got easy access to mortgages. Now, some lenders have discovered many mortgage documents were faked, forged or otherwise mishandled.

CES 2011

CES 2011

Washington Post coverage of the tablets, cameras and other new technology unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Post 200

The Post 200

The Washington Post ranks the top Washington-area businesses in 2010.