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Economic Optimism Revives Off Sequester Dud: IBD/TIPP

Americans regained some confidence lost ahead of the "sequester" budget cuts, after predictions of doom were seen as overblown, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Bounces Back 9.5% in April; Still 55% Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 4.0  points, or 9.5%, in April, posting 46.2 vs. 42.2 in March.  The index is 1.3 points below its 12-month average of 47.5, 1.8 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.5 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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Beam: Obama Doesn’t See Debt Problem

President Obama's State of the Union speech made Page 1 headlines across the nation Wednesday. However, it was a rare headline on Page B8 of our newspaper that caught my attention. It said, "January surplus shrinks 2013 U.S. budget deficit."

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Improves in February; 56% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.8  points, or 1.7%, in February, posting 47.3 vs. 46.5 in January.  The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 48.2, 2.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.5 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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In Obama's America, Only Debt and Dependency Grow

Welfare State: The Congressional Budget Office says the government is on track for another $1 trillion deficit year. That's the bad news. Worse is that most of it goes to programs that increase government dependency.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises in January; 59% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 1.4  points, or 3.1%, in January, posting 46.5 vs. 45.1 in December.  The index is 1.8 points below its 12-month average of 48.3, 2.1 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.3 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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Trentonian Editorial: The People’s Math

The White House and congressional Republicans are always saying that the other side's math doesn't add up. Speaking of math that doesn't add up, check out the people's math — if you can call it that.

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