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  •  Bestselling books the week of 8/18/11, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 8/18/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America?

  • Elvis Presley: His five greatest songs

    Elvis Presley: His five greatest songs

    Elvis Presley fans gathered at the Graceland Memorial in Memphis today to show appreciation for The King. It is the 34th anniversary of the day Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977 at his home. Fans remember the romantic crooner whose gyrating hips and curled lip were the stylistic signatures of an icon who permanently altered American music and pop culture. Elvis grew up with musical influences of pop and country. Although Elvis had many hits, here's our compilation of the best five. What's your favorite?

  • Google's 16 biggest purchases, and how they worked out

    Google's 16 biggest purchases, and how they worked out

    Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola will be its biggest acquisition ever -- more than four times the size of DoubleClick, the previous leader. But over the last decade, Google has been one of the biggest -- and most successful -- acquirers in the tech industry, and owes a lot of its success to these smart buys. Its core search advertising platform and most of its biggest new businesses, including Android, YouTube, and display advertising, all come from other companies. Join us as we count down Google's top 16 acquisitions by value and show what happened to them.

  • Election 101: 11 questions about Rick Perry and his White House bid

    Election 101: 11 questions about Rick Perry and his White House bid

    James Richard Perry wants to hang his cowboy hat in the White House. The Texas governor announced Saturday at a campaign stop in South Carolina that he was running for president. He was also traveling later in the day to New Hampshire, and planned a trip to Iowa on Sunday. Governor Perry is a shrewd politician who oozes Texas swagger. His rock-solid record is buttressed by his state’s impressive jobs record. But is America ready for another cowboy president?

  • 10 best classic political novels

    10 best classic political novels

    It is shocking how relevant a novel written decades ago can seem today – sometimes even more so than on the day that it was published. We've rounded up ten of the best classic political novels of the past, recommended for some thrilling 2011 summer reading. Update: We have added three Facebook Fan recommendations to the list.

  • Who's who on Congress's debt 'super committee'

    Who's who on Congress's debt 'super committee'

    Congress has created a special super committee to devise a way to cut at least $1.2 trillion from US spending in coming years. Its real name is the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, and its deadline is Nov. 23. If a majority of the bipartisan, bicameral committee approves the plan, it goes to the House and Senate for a vote, and they must act by Dec. 23. If the plan is voted down, automatic spending cuts are slated to occur. Here are the 12 lawmakers serving on the super committee.

  • Job picture gloomy? Top 10 tips for finding your next job.

    Job picture gloomy? Top 10 tips for finding your next job.

    Building and maintaining a career has never been more complex. Thursday's jobless claims numbers indicate an improving employment picture, but jobs are still scarce. Economic turmoil and rapid technological and organizational shifts are making it difficult for even highly talented executives to figure out their next career move. Whether you’re a senior executive or a rising professional, here are 10 ways to take control of your personal career growth and find your best job ever:

  • 3 really good August novels

    3 really good August novels

    This month's fiction roundup features three middle-aged men in crisis. Thankfully, there's not a convertible or comb-over in the bunch.

  • What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Republican proposals.

    What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Republican proposals.

    Amid worries that the economy may be tipping toward a second recession, both Republicans and Democrats say creating jobs is their top priority. But the two parties are far apart on their approaches. Democrats favor targeted stimulus – investments in infrastructure, clean energy, and education – while hiking taxes on corporations and the rich to fund this jobs spending. Republicans aim to curb government regulation and cut taxes to give businesses and individuals more incentive to invest. Here are the Republicans' top five priorities.

  • What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Democratic proposals.

    What can Congress do to create jobs? Five Democratic proposals.

    Amid worries that the economy may be headed into a second recession, both Republicans and Democrats say creating jobs is their top priority. But the two parties are far apart on their approaches. Democrats favor targeted stimulus – investments in infrastructure, clean energy, and education – while hiking taxes on corporations and the rich to fund this jobs spending. Republicans aim to curb government regulation and cut taxes to give businesses and individuals more incentive to invest. Here are the Democrats' top five priorities.

  • President Obama to hold Iftar dinner: Five facts about the Muslim ceremony

    President Obama to hold Iftar dinner: Five facts about the Muslim ceremony

    Continuing a tradition first started by one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, President Obama will host an iftar dinner Wednesday evening at 8:30 in the State Dining Room to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The president is no stranger to the sunset fast-breaking meal – he likely attended many as a boy in Indonesia – but Wednesday’s event comes with a star-studded guest list and an agenda: reaching out to an important, and often embattled constituency.

  • Which countries have a higher credit rating than the US?

    Which countries have a higher credit rating than the US?

    When Standard & Poor's downgraded the US from its AAA status to AA+ on Aug. 5, it knocked just one country off a lengthy list. Now, there are 18 nations with AAA credit ratings. Calculations of GDP and government gross debt are from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2010. The US had a GDP of about $14.6 trillion in 2010, the IMF estimates. Its debt, of about $13 trillion, is roughly 92 percent of its GDP. Data were not available for the small, AAA-rated sovereignties of Lichtenstein, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. And missing from the list? Some of the US's top economic competitors.

  • 6 top food memoirs

    6 top food memoirs

    In this era of the superstar chef there is no shortage of food-related memoirs, all telling the stories of how these many culinary geniuses found their calling. However, only a handful have the flavor and style that make them stand out from the pack. Here are six that we're calling the best.

  • Will Wisconsin recall clip Gov. Scott Walker's power? Three scenarios.

    Will Wisconsin recall clip Gov. Scott Walker's power? Three scenarios.

    Political eyes around the nation are on Wisconsin today, as voters in six districts cast ballots in the third – and most critical – of four recall votes. Six Republican state senators face possible defeat today. Next week, two Democratic state senators will be in the same position. The vote is widely seen as a referendum on the anti-union strategies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, and thus has drawn interest – and funding – from across the country.

  •  Bestselling books the week of 8/11/11, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 8/11/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America?

  • London riots: 4 key questions

    London riots: 4 key questions

    Violent riots and looting across London resulted in burned-out buildings and hundreds of arrests. What were the origins of London’s conflagration?

  • Budget cuts: five groups likely to feel the pinch

    Budget cuts: five groups likely to feel the pinch

    If there's one thing that's lacking in the debt deal that president signed on Aug. 2, it's specifics. It asks for $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years, but gives few concrete details about where they'll come from. The deal does outline some changes for student loans, and it leaves out renewals for a couple of unemployment benefits programs. But most of the envisioned budget cuts won't become clearer until this fall, when a 12-member, bipartisan "super committee" gives its recommendations to Congress. Some Americans may be particularly vulnerable to their budget choices. Here are five groups who could see a reduction in government largesse:

  • Five reasons the S&P downgrade isn’t so bad – and one word of caution

    Five reasons the S&P downgrade isn’t so bad – and one word of caution

    If the Standard & Poors downgrade of US debt from AAA to AA+ worries investors enough, the US may be forced to pay higher interest on its debt, which could affect interest rates across the economy, from mortgages to car loans. But for now, economists say, the economic impact of the downgrade will likely be minimal and US Treasury bonds will continue to be the investment vehicle of choice for American and overseas investors. “Despite the drop in the rating and the fact that the US economy is going through a fiscal crisis, it’s still one of the safest places to invest,” says Farhad Saboori, an economist at Albright College in Reading, Penn. Here are five reasons why the downgrade isn’t as bad as it seems, and a reminder not to take it too lightly:

  • "The Help": 10 best moments

    "The Help": 10 best moments

    "The Help," the popular novel by Kathryn Stockett, has been adapted into a film to be released on August 10. It stars Emma Stone and Viola Davis and is one of the summer's most highly anticipated movies. Here are ten movie stills that will allow you a sneak peek at some of the best scenes of the summer film.

  • World markets respond to US credit downgrade

    World markets respond to US credit downgrade

    Today is the first day that most stock exchanges have been open since ratings agency Standard & Poor's announced its US credit downgrade from a AAA rating to AA+. Here’s how world markets have responded so far:

  • Amazon's Top 10 fall books

    Amazon's Top 10 fall books

    Is there anything good about the end of summer? Yes – the arrival of fall books! For those who can't wait another moment, here are the Top 10 fall book picks from Amazon editors. It's looking like a stellar line-up of autumn reads.

  • China's real estate bubble? Three reasons it's not.

    China's real estate bubble? Three reasons it's not.

    Many analysts and market watchers, whose job it is to warn of impending real estate bubbles, have trained their sights on China. It's easy to see why. The economy has expanded an average 10 percent a year for the past 30 years, an incredible growth rate. Average housing prices tripled between 2005 to 2009 alone. But here are three reasons Chinese real estate has more room to run on the upside before the good times end:

  • Six major food recalls

    Six major food recalls

    Cargill's Aug. 3 recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey is the latest in a string of high-profile food recalls in the United States. The volume of meat recalled was a quarter of the largest meat recall on record, but it was linked to far more health effects. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 15 percent of Americans – some 48 million – become ill from food-borne pathogens each year. Most outbreaks are local events; a few are national in scope. Here's a look at some of the biggest food recalls in the past five years:

  • Back-to-school shopping: Use it to teach kids about money

    Back-to-school shopping: Use it to teach kids about money

    Tax-free weekends kick off in many states this month -- several start Saturday -- just in time for back-to-school shopping. Parents should spend wisely, experts say, by seeing what is already available in their home, buying when items are on sale, and creating a budget and sticking to it. It's also a chance to teach children important money lessons. Here are six money smart lessons for kids:

  • 5 classic novels that beautifully explore the dark side of life in New York City

    5 classic novels that beautifully explore the dark side of life in New York City

    The city that never sleeps may hide behind the logo of a shiny Big Apple, but for some life in New York is as spikey and lethal as a ball of nails. Here are 5 classic novels that wonderfully reveal both the dark and the light in the experiences of New Yorkers throughout the decades.

 
 
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