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Why Some Consumers Remain Confident

U.S. economic confidence fell slightly in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. But consumers in the District of Columbia and states such as Maryland, Virginia, Utah and Massachusetts kept their confidence up. Here's why.

Wall Street Brings Out the Big Guns on Capitol Hill

Since the fall of Bear Stearns in March 2008, the big banks and their trade associations have spent $600 million on lobbying, trade association activity and political contributions. The lobbyists include a who's who of former high-poewred politicians.

Blizzards Boosting Some Businesses' Bottom Lines

Mother Nature's fury has left a path of fiscal destruction that will linger far after the record-breaking snowfall starts to melt -- and she's not done yet. Another foot of snow is expected to fall over the next day or two, blanketing the Mid-Atlantic region yet again. Back-to-back snow storms are the last thing cash-strapped businesses and state and local governments need right now. But for some businesses, blizzards mean opportunity.