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Archive: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

The recession: Is it truly over?

The U.S. economy roared ahead in the final months of 2009, growing at its fastest rate in six years, as corporate America stopped slashing its inventories and again started to invest for the future. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure...

By Jodi Westrick | January 29, 2010; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (24)

Meteorite: Smithsonian or eBay?

When doctors' offices were hit by a meteorite on Jan. 18, they decided to give it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. But now the landlords say the space rock is theirs. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (13)

Metro budget concerns: Right choice to increase fares?

The Metro board approved a 10-cent surcharge on all fares to avoid any service cuts through the end of June. The resolution proposed by board member Chris Zimmerman of Arlington does not call for any withdrawals from Metro's capital budget...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (13)

Metro budget concerns: Fare hikes or service cuts?

Leading Washington area transit advocates and residents strongly opposed Metro service cuts and instead backed 10-cent fare increases to plug a $40 million budget gap this year as hundreds of people attended a public hearing on budget options at Metro...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (3)

Timothy Geithner and AIG: An appropriate rescue?

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner pushed back Wednesday against lawmakers upset about his role in rescuing American International Group and defended decisions that allowed the company's trading partners on Wall Street and abroad to walk away with billions in taxpayer...

By Jodi Westrick | January 28, 2010; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Don't ask, don't tell: Is Obama right to call for repeal?

Should Congress act on President Obama's call for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military?

By Hal Straus | January 27, 2010; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (96)

New Apple iPad: Will you get one?

With Steve Jobs's highly-anticipated announcement of the new Apple iPad, we've finally figured out what the new tool can do. Based on this announcement, will you be purchasing one?...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (14)

Have you lost faith in the Toyota brand?

Toyota took the extraordinary step Tuesday of suspending the manufacture and sale of eight of its most popular models because of an unresolved mechanical flaw that might cause the accelerator to get perilously stuck in the depressed position. The move...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (10)

PETA wants to fire Punxsutawney Phil: Do you agree?

PETA is campaigning to have Groundhog Day icon Punxsutawney Phil replaced with an android version, saying that it is "unfair" to keep Phil in captivity. However, William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, says Phil...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (10)

Are you tuning in to tonight's State of the Union address?

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where would you rather live: Montgomery County or Fairfax County?

Montgomery County assigned two staffers to peer into the homes and spending accounts of its big neighbor across the Potomac last fall, and the results -- several months and 63 pages of charts and comparative data later -- arrived Tuesday:...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Too much hype for Apple iTablet?

It's the big day, fanboys and girls (as if you need to be reminded). If you'll just keep your shirts on a few hours longer, all will be revealed. Apple's iTablet -- or possibly the iSlate or iPad or whatever...

By Jodi Westrick | January 27, 2010; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is it ok for Obama to root for Saints?

President Obama told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that he's "rooting a little bit" for the New Orleans Saints in the Super Bowl, because of all the city has been through. Do you think a President should ever express his hope for one Super Bowl team to beat another? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith | January 26, 2010; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (30)

Sharing our online information after death?

As we begin to share more of our lives online, many have begun to think about what will happen to our personal accounts once we pass on. Many new online sites have been created to make it easier to pass...

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie split?

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (9)

Should U.S. let more Haitians immigrate?

Now that the earthquake's initial shock is giving way to the realities of trying to cope in the ruins, a growing number of Haitians -- and their relatives in the United States -- are starting to chafe under the Obama...

By Jodi Westrick | January 25, 2010; 8:42 AM ET | Comments (10)

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