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  • Eight ways $100 oil may affect you

    Eight ways $100 oil may affect you

    In recent weeks, the price of a barrel of oil has stayed at about $100 a barrel, and gasoline prices have been edging closer to $4 a gallon. The costs are apparently due to events half a world away, in the Middle East. Even though plenty of oil is around, there is fear of further disruptions, and consumers, business people, and politicians have all been making adjustments. Here are eight ways that higher energy prices are starting to affect America.

  • Will Obama's rift with the left matter?

    Will Obama's rift with the left matter?

    The left is hopping mad, not just that Obama cut a tax-cut deal with Republicans, but that he didn't put up much of a fight. But the breach may help him woo back independent voters in time for the 2012 election.

  • For a midterm election, polls show voter enthusiasm is high

    For a midterm election, polls show voter enthusiasm is high

    A new Gallup survey shows a record share of registered voters -- especially Republicans -- say they're more enthusiastic than usual about voting. A really high turnout at election polls may mean Democrats marshaled their forces at the end.

  • Leading index suggests US economy is mending

    Leading index suggests US economy is mending

    The Conference Board's economic indicators were positive for the third straight month in June, though recovery may be slow.

  • As beetle invasion rages, a debate over logs

    As beetle invasion rages, a debate over logs

    Home builders want the dead trees, but activists and regulations stand in the way.

  • Americans tightening belts

    Americans tightening belts

    More consumers are trimming spending and debt because their net worth has fallen fast.