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  • A driver fuels his car at a Chevron gas station in Miami in July 2011. (Associated Press)

    U.S. growth tepid in spring quarter

    The economy inched ahead at a 1.3 percent annual growth rate last spring, held back by soaring gasoline prices and disruptions in manufacturing caused by the March earthquake/tsunami in Japan.

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    MURRAY: Nobody for commerce secretary

    In choosing John Bryson as his nominee to be the next U.S. secretary of commerce, President Obama has chosen a perfect representative of our new ruling class. He is the founder of a lobby group, the powerful Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), who became a regulator with California's Public Utility Commission, then a rent-seeker with Edison International and Boeing. His experience is not in commerce at all, but in getting government to direct monies to favored companies. To be fair, that is the role of the Commerce Department these days, which is exactly why Congress needs to abolish the Commerce Department.

  • Website to serve as hub for teaching Web skills

    A new Commerce Department website aims to give schools, libraries and job training centers the tools to help teach computer and Internet skills to Americans who are new to the Net.

  • EDITORIAL: Big government in your browser

    Administration officials are determined to grab hold of the Internet - for your protection. The latest scheme will be the subject of a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday on "The State of Online Consumer Privacy." Regulators claim various online nuisances such as spam, identity theft and other privacy invasions cry out for government intervention. It's a classic Washington power grab for the digital era.

  • In this photo from March 8, 2011, shoppers cross the street in San Francisco. Retail sales post biggest gain in 4 months as shoppers spend more on cars, clothing and gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Retail sales up 1 percent in February

    Shoppers snapped up new cars, clothing and electronics in February, pushing retail sales up for the eighth straight month.

  • Gov't says up to 10 pct in US lack good Internet

    As many as one in 10 Americans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities such as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs. Those are some of the conclusions from the Commerce Department as it unveiled a detailed, interactive online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available _ or missing _ in every last corner of the country.

  • Jody Dickman shops in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Businesses, consumers give economy a boost

    American businesses and consumers are giving the economy a boost by spending more, but the troubled housing market remains an obstacle, new data show.

  • Political Scene

    Some taxpayers will be unable to file returns until mid-to-late February because of recent tax breaks approved by Congress in its lame-duck session, the IRS said Thursday.

  • In this Dec. 9 photo, construction workers in Shanghai push wheelbarrows past an energy-themed advertisement featuring a photo of President Obama depicted as Buddha. American lawmakers are pressing China for action on currency and high-tech trade in talks this week, and an impending Washington visit by President Hu Jintao has raised expectations Beijing might offer concessions. (Associated Press)

    U.S. free-traders sour on China

    Long-simmering trade tensions between the United States and China have broken out into open verbal warfare, with some highly respected and influential voices on trade now advocating an all-out economic war with the Asian giant.

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