pete rouse will replace rahm emanuel as white house cheif of staff

Pete Rouse faces tough task as new White House chief of staff

Pete Rouse, a top White House aid, has been appointed to replace Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff. Rouse is described as a low-key fixer, in sharp contrast to the volatile Emanuel, who is leaving the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Rouse, a long-time Washington insider, is taking a job
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Prepaid benefit cards exploit the unemployed, says study

Prepaid debit cards can work well as a gift, but monthly maintenance fees, withdrawal and ATM fees can take some of the usefulness out of them. According to the National Consumer Law Center, prepaid cards may not be the best way of distributing benefits to more than 13 million unemployed in the U.S., as is
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Is Halliburton to blame for Gulf disaster?

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, allegations are coming to light that this may be the Halliburton oil spill. BP has claimed responsibility for paying for the oil spill cleanup, and Transocean was operating the oil drilling platform – but both may now be looking to Halliburton for oil
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2010 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico worsens

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010, which reached the shoreline Friday, could be one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Thursday cleanup officials determined the oil spill leaking from the wellhead is five times worse than first thought. Following the explosion and sinking of an oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast
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U.S. News college rankings contain no surprises

The U.S. News college rankings were released Tuesday, and guess what: Harvard is number one … again. Princeton is in second place … once more. On a podium bearing a distinct Ivy League bias, Yale is number three. But those are the national college rankings: a predictable list of well-moneyed heavyweights that is often criticized
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March Madness: the NCAA billion-dollar money-making machine

The economic impacts of March Madness, the annual Division 1 NCAA basketball tournament, add up to billions of dollars in costs and revenues. From the cost of TV advertising to the money bet in office pools, March Madness money has effects that permeate multiple levels of the economy. For the schools of college basketball teams
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Spaghetti Tacos | Going gourmet with kids food

Fans of iCarly have long known of spaghetti tacos. Thanks to a New York Times feature, this kids food item is becoming ever more popular. Though spaghetti tacos were originally a joke, there is a way to make them palatable. The origin of spaghetti tacos The Nickelodeon TV series iCarly featured the first major appearance
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Soft drink tax: Colorado lawmakers may repeal after one year

In March of 2010, Colorado consumers began paying a tax on sugary products, commonly referred to as the soft drink tax. This soft drink tax, in Colorado, equaled an additional 2.9 percent cost. Now, some lawmakers are trying to repeal the Colorado soft drink tax. The soft drink tax in Colorado In March of 2010,
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Path, the new social network that draws the line on friendships

The Path social network is a new online property that lets users share photos from their iPhones with their friends. But when it comes to friends, Path goes against the grain of current social network convention by limiting users to just 50 of them. Some say Path fills an important niche, while others say Path’s
Get your 2010 Bay to Breakers Race Results!

Bay to Breakers Race Results 2010

For much of the nation, it is the heart of the running season. Bay to Breakers is a celebration for runners and the Bay to Breakers Race Results 2010 are the reward. Bay to Breakers is held the third Sunday in May in San Francisco. Bay to Breakers is arguably the largest 12k road race
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Fighting the Recession By Any Means Necessary

Fighting the good fight The recession has made downsizing a bigger fact of life than ever before, or least as big of an issue as it has been since the Great Depression. Decreased consumer business, a lack of credit available and the increasing costs of things like health care make the waters extremely rough for
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Flat consumer prices could make paydays worth less

Recent data was released that indicated that the consumer price index has barely moved for a long time. For months on end, prices of goods and services have remained essentially flat. It means that no one has needed instant cash to make a usual purchase, but that is not all. Part and parcel to the
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Three congressional bills trying to weaken the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to launch in the next few months. Despite strong consumer support, three new House bills are attempting to weaken the CFPB. The House Financial Services Committee has approved these bills, but they have not yet become law. Current status of the CFPB The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was
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Free Car Media Says You Could Get Paid to Drive

Everyone’s gone Free Car Media crazy Want to get paid to drive your car? Get in line. Free Car Media is the latest craze for people seeking extra cash — and that’s 98 percent of the population. It’s a fabulous idea. Free Car Media says people can get paid to drive cars that have large
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Gene Sperling is new U.S. National Economic Council director

To fill the void left by controversial (and recently resigned) Lawrence Summers, President Obama has named Gene Sperling as the new director of the administration’s National Economic Council. The Huffington Post calls Sperling a “veteran policy and political player.” Considering the divided nature of the current Congress, experts predict Gene Sperling will have difficult economic
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Daylight saving time 2011 not likely to save energy in the U.S.

Daylight saving time 2011 begins Sunday, March 13. It will be the fifth year since Congress changed daylight saving time in the U.S. from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March. The change was mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, but extending daylight saving time has not proven to
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Tips for better gas mileage

The rise in the price of gas may be slowing for the moment, but long gone are the days when fuel cost was a minor consideration in our driving habits. Here are several simple things to consider which may save you some green next time at the gas station. Drive calmly and sensibly Angry driving