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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

Obama: ‘Pen and Phone’

President Barack Obama has “a pen and a phone.” He said so today. What he doesn’t have is either a majority of the Republican-run House or a filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic-led Senate — except on that question of  some...

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A worker stands behind window glass for processing at the Milgard Windows & Doors' manufacturing facility in Tacoma, Washington, on July 24, 2013.

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A worker stands behind window glass for processing at the Milgard Windows & Doors' manufacturing facility in Tacoma, Washington, on July 24, 2013.

U.S. Factories Rebounding – or Not

The fastest pace of expansion at U.S. manufacturers since June 2011 is cleaving some economists into two camps: the believers and naysayers. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index jumped to 55.4 last month, higher than every economist forecast before...

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New Ford cars in Colma, California.

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New Ford cars in Colma, California.

Jobs Report Shows Auto Rebound

As trucks such as Ford’s F-150 and cars including Chevy’s Cruze are being driven off dealer lots at the fastest pace in more than five years, employment in the industry is along for the ride. More than 806,000 Americans were...

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A welder welding the frame of a modular housing unit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Photograph by Scott Eells/Bloomberg

A welder welding the frame of a modular housing unit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Behind the Growth: Manufacturing Lags

The lower-than-expected reading this morning for U.S. economic growth in the first quarter has revealed a few victims even as growth picked up — among them, factories.   “Manufacturing activity remains weak relative to the larger economy,” in part due...

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