Rick Newman

February 2012


Why $4 Gas Will Hurt Less This Time

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It's starting to seem like a spring ritual: Something goes pop in the Middle East, oil and gasoline prices surge, consumers get nervous, and the economy backslides.

Last year, the "Arab Spring" uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and several other countries pushed oil prices up by more than $20 per barrel,

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gas prices

3 Holes in Mitt Romney's Tax Plan

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Mitt Romney likes to say that if he were running a company and somebody presented him with a cockamamie idea—like the half-baked schemes that fly around Washington all the time—he'd fire the offending lackey.

But Romney might be the one out on the street if his new tax plan had to pass through ...

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Romney, Mitt
income tax

The Return of Herman Cain--and 9-9-9

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Some public figures fade into obscurity when they're pushed off the national stage by a scandal. Not Herman Cain.

The former pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate took a three-day vacation in Florida last December, after allegations of sexual improprieties by several women forced him out ...

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Cain, Herman
taxes
books

One Key Sector That's Still Shedding Jobs

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Maybe we've got ourselves a recovery after all.

The economy has now been adding jobs for 16 months in a row, with an acceleration in hiring that has surprised nearly every prognosticator. The latest jobs report shows that the economy added 243,000 jobs in January, with healthy gains in professional ...

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economy
employment

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