2008 record      

  • Terror: Iran is speeding up its nuclear materials production and moving it underground amid reports that the regime is eight weeks from atomic bomb capability. Doomsday, anyone?

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  • Earlier this month, a CNN poll found that just 35% supported Rep. Paul Ryan's reform plan for Medicare. The survey, in line with other polls, suggests that that the public has soundly rejected Ryan's proposal just two months after he unveiled it. But few of those surveyed know much, if anything, about it.

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  • The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index advanced by 1.8 points, or 4.2%, in June posting 44.6 vs. 42.8 in May. The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 45.5 and 0.2 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered into the recession, and 5.8 points below its all-time average of 50.4.

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  • Mobile applications are helping America's entrepreneurs save time and money, increase revenue and productivity, work more effectively and better serve their customers, a new survey of small-business owners shows. With an app for almost every business need, small-business owners are rapidly turning to mobile technologies ― involving everything from GPS navigation to credit card processing ― to

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  • Are small-business owners taking advantage of a new tax credit made available last year under the Affordable Care Act?

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  • The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released recently “Entrepreneurs and the Economy:  Small Business Trends, Issues and Outlook” — a survey which finds widespread dissatisfaction with federal economic policies among small business owners.

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  • Computer programs designed for smartphones and tablets save small businesses more than a billion hours and $17.6 billion a year, according to a new report from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

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  • RAMSEY, NJ (May 17, 2011) — Over this past weekend, the average price of regular gasoline approached $4.00 per gallon for the first time since the summer of 2008. In a nationwide survey just weeks ago, drivers indicated that in spite of recent increases in gasoline prices, they do not want to switch to smaller cars, hybrids, electric, or diesel powered vehicles.

  • As a sign of the economic times, planned consumer garden spending is expected to drop from an average $615 per household in 2009 to a projected $469 for 2011, based on the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF) early spring consumer survey.

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  • Libyan rebels met with top national security officials at the White House Friday, but the delegation failed to achieve the main plum it sought from the visit: official recognition by the United States of Libya's self-declared interim government.

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