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President Barack Obama speaks to supporters, local politicians and steelworkers at the USX Irvin Works in West Mifflin, Pa. on Jan. 29, 2014. (credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Obama: ‘I’m Not Going To Not Do Anything Without Congress’

Declaring that hard work should pay off for every American, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an order to create starter retirement accounts that could be opened with as little as $25 but acknowledged there’s a limit to the help he can give low-wage workers without congressional action.

01/30/2014

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offers remarks while joined by others form the GOP leadership, during a media availability following a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol, on Dec. 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C. (credit: Rod Lamkey/Getty Images)

Paul Ryan: Obama ‘Wants To Go Around The Constitution’

Former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized President Barack Obama’s assertion that he will bypass Congress and act unilaterally to enact laws with executive orders.

01/29/2014

File photo of the White House. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll: Americans Feel Government Is Nation’s Biggest Problem

According to a recent poll, Americans feel that the largest problem plaguing the nation is its government.

01/15/2014

President Obama is expected to announce new restrictions next week. (Getty Images)

President Obama To Visit North Carolina For Event On Economy

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit North Carolina for what’s being described as “an event on the economy.”

01/09/2014

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernanke: 2014 Could Be Better Year for U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that factors which have kept the economy from accelerating appear to be abating, and he predicted stronger growth in 2014.

01/03/2014

Book: Share Of US Workers 55 And Older Expected To Continue Growing

Tom Edwards grew up in a family that’s been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid — it’s just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.

01/03/2014

File photo of a shopper paying in cash. (Photo credit: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises on Better Job Outlook

U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month on a better outlook for hiring and overall growth, supporting other signs that show the economy could accelerate in 2014.

12/31/2013

File photo of job fair. (credit:  STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

1.3 Million Losing Unemployment Benefits Saturday

More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, entailing potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy and setting up a tense battle when Congress reconvenes in the new year.

12/27/2013

President Barack Obama speaks. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Several State Governors Urge Progress On Trade Agreements

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the governors of 13 other states have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leaders urging them to make progress on three trade agreements that they say could help the economy.

12/24/2013

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 6, 2013 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

CBS News: 61 Percent Of Americans Believe Economy Is In Bad Shape

A new CBS News poll finds that a majority of Americans don’t think the economy is getting any better.

12/10/2013

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