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Obama deficit commission considers raising retirement age

The federal deficit is in excess of $1 trillion, which will make the work ahead for President Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission difficult. However, as the Associated Press reports, commission leaders Erskine Bowles and Sen. Alan Simpson already have a dramatic plan of attack that will prove controversial. Reducing cost-of-living increases to government pensions, raising the

Facebook and Microsoft team up with Bing Search

In a joint announcement today, Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Facebook have announced a partnership. Bing will integrate social network search into its personalized results. Microsoft is hoping the Facebook partnership will help it overtake Google. Facebook partnership for Bing Facebook will now be integrating Bing search results and visa-versa. Microsoft and Facebook outlined two
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New Say on Pay rule gives shareholders vote on CEO compensation

Shareholders can now vote on the salaries of executives leading publicly traded companies. The “Say on Pay” provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was approved by the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday. The Say on Pay vote is nonbinding, but analysts expect the rule may have a profound effect on the behavior and performance
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Find Great Deals on Best Buy Black Friday Ads 2009

Best Buy’s Hot Black Friday Deals Best Buy Black Friday ads can now be found online and it’s definitely causing hype. How would you like an Insignia Blu-ray Disc Player for less than a $100? What about a Dynex 19″ 720p LCD HDTV for less than a $150? Save your drools, however, because things are
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Financial independence relies on smart spending as much as saving

Unless you win a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, smart spending is the only way to avoid debt and save for retirement. Becoming financially literate is one of the keys to smart spending. Having the commons sense to realize there is no such thing as “unexpected expenses” is another. Financial literacy and financial independence Most
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No Fax Payday Loans Put Fax to Pasture

Enjoy the Convenience of No Paperwork Are you looking to apply for a payday loan but are dreading the thought of faxing all the documents that the lender would ask for? Relax—there are better ways of doing that very same thing online. No fax payday loans are now available for most people looking for a
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The Mendoza Line | Bad in Sports, Bad For the Budget

Try to at least hit your weight, OK? In sports, success and failure are easily quantifiable. There are statistics for almost everything a player or team can do on the field, making the evaluation of an individual or groups specific sports skills as easy as a glance. Sure, some may say that statistics can be
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Rise in national vacancy rate not worth panicking over

It has been reported that the national rate of vacancy, or the number of houses sitting empty, has reached a 13 percent, but don’t panic. That figure does not mean it is time to begin constructing a bomb shelter and making hats from tinfoil. The housing market is depressed, but signs of life are still
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International Court of Justice supports Kosovo separation

The international court within the UN, the International Court of Justice, has ruled that Kosovo has the legal right to declare freedom from Serbia. Both sides of this debate have been waiting anxiously for this decision. This decision is going to have effects around the world. Kosovo declares freedom In February of 2008, Kosovo made
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Health care reform: AT&T seeks profit by denying benefits

Health care reform is inspiring corporations to dream up creative strategies that avoid the obligations required by the health care reform bill. A cold-hearted genius at AT&T may have found the ultimate way to make health care reform backfire on the law’s best intentions of eventual universal coverage. The new health care law requires companies
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Former GM financial wing Ally may have its own IPO

In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of buzz about an upcoming GM IPO. The related company, Ally Financial Inc., is now looking at an Initial Public Offering all its own next year. Ally Financial used to be GMAC, or General Motors Acceptance Corporation, the loan company formerly part of General Motors.
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A payday cash loan makes today a better day

Worrying about money can ruin an otherwise perfectly good day, but it’s hard not to worry when you’re out of cash until payday. When you’re focused on the lack of money, even a small financial problem can seem insurmountable. A payday cash loan provides instant cash, letting you solve problems immediately and giving you a
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Small businesses relying more on credit cards

Contrary to popular belief, there is still credit for small businesses to obtain. Unfortunately, the credit they can obtain isn’t in the form of a business loan from a bank or the Small Business Administration as much anymore.  These days, more small businesses are having to rely on credit cards.  A lot of funding that
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Truck driving jobs and auto industry jobs to surge in near future

As much as 400,000 truck driving jobs and an upcoming labor shortage in the U.S. auto industry promise to put a small dent in the U.S. unemployment rate. The U.S. auto industry and the U.S. trucking industry hemorrhaged jobs during the recession. But as the economy slowly recovers, truck driving jobs and auto industry jobs

Making Money Online: Affiliate Marketing?

What is affiliate marketing? With the current financial crisis and increased unemployment, many people have explored the various possibilities of making money online in an effort to subsidize their incomes. Those looking for online money-making possibilities have inevitably come across the concept of affiliate marketing. This is essentially the idea of promoting an online business
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Black Friday shopping ideas 2010

Before you go hunting for the best door-busters on Black Friday 2010, do some research. If you want the best deals, you’re going to have to plan ahead and create a game plan for the year’s biggest shopping event. Here are some Black Friday shopping tips to help you get the most out of this
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Affiliate Choice free WordPress theme installation instructions

The Affiliate Choice theme is designed to help you maximize conversions on your affiliate website. Follow these step-by-step instructions to set up your site, and you’ll be up and running quickly. First, if you need to install WordPress on your own domain, start with the instructions on or your hosting provider. Many hosting providers