Unemployment benefits: Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, though some of that was due to technical factors. And the economy grew slightly more in the April-June quarter than previously estimated.
Indications that Greece might not default on its debt, as well as reports that the Federal Reserve has a new plan to stimulate the economy, prompted a solid day on Wall Street.
The Dow lost 119.05 points to close at 11,295.81 as Bernanke's address failed to outline specific plans for economic recovery
The costs of military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq account for well over one-quarter of the increase in US national debt since 2001. Financing wars and defense build-ups in this way is an historical aberration. Americans have typically paid for wars through higher taxes.
Bankruptcy of the third US solar company in recent weeks has some Democrats accusing subsidized competition from China. Could revamped trade policy protect 'green' firms from bankruptcy?
The economy grew at a rate of 1 percent in the second quarter, slower than first reported. The sluggish growth rate leaves the US at risk of tipping back into recession.
Since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential race, his state's touted economic gains have come under closer scrutiny. Demographics have played an important role in the Texas story.
It's been the worst decade for American workers in a century. That hardly calls for a celebration.