Tough choices for law schools amid jobs crisis

Aug. 7, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — A few months after finishing college, Angela Achen sat in a hospital waiting room and took stock of her assets: A degree in art history, a knack for women’s studies and almost no marketable job skills. She asked her father, who doctors told her […]

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Romney: Obama doesn’t understand economy, should focus on jobs instead of golf

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lashed out at President Barack Obama’s economic policies Thursday, accusing the president of not understanding the economy and saying Obama is spending time on self-serving pursuits when he should be putting Americans back to work.

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Gov: Pension deal to help build affordable NJ

Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature announced consensus Wednesday evening on requiring public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits. Minutes later, Christie told business leaders the deal represented politicians choosing to shun partisan bickering in favor of doing the job they were elected to do.

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Proposed Medicaid cuts put NJ in national debate

As states across the country look for ways to trim billions off their spending on Medicaid, New Jersey is garnering particular attention for a proposal that opponents characterize as an unprecedented and draconian attempt to balance the state’s precarious budget on the backs of society’s most vulnerable populations. The debate crystallizes the unfortunate truth about economic recessions: Citizens rely most on public services just when the government has the least money to spend on those services.

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Jersey Shore home within reach of more people

Four years after the U.S. housing market started its precipitous decline, the bar has been lowered for those hoping to purchase a home along the Jersey Shore. With prices down anywhere from 15 percent to 40 percent, real estate agents say retirees and the wealthy are often giving way to younger homebuyers and the middle class.

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NJ health officials unveil Medicaid overhaul

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey health officials are pushing to tighten the eligibility requirements for new Medicaid enrollees as part of Gov. Chris Christie’s effort to save $300 million. The proposal would deny coverage to new adult enrollees who earn more than $5,317 per year for a family of three — about one-fifth of the current income requirement.

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Billionaire Pickens says Obama lacks energy plan

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens faulted President Barack Obama on Friday, saying the president has failed to develop the energy plan he promised Americans as a presidential candidate in 2008.

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Factory closure draws scrutiny of NJ’s business climate

BORDENTOWN, N.J. – The sense of good will Ocean Spray Cranberries has built up over 70 years in Bordentown has quickly dried up as the community reacts to news that the company will close the plant and move its operations to Pennsylvania. Bordentown, with almost 4,000 residents, will lose about $1 million in tax revenues and utility contributions.

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GOP’s DeMint and Pence Tout Permanent-Tax-Cuts-For-All Bill

A pair of prominent Republicans — one from the Senate, the other from the House – on Thursday called for a permanent extension of tax cuts at all income levels, just as a vigorous floor debate was under way about Democratic legislation to extend tax relief for just the middle class.

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Democrats: Unemployment insurance extension a moral debate

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday stood with more than 100 jobless workers in an attempt to drum up public outrage after Republicans prevented an extension of federal unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who are out of work.

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