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Retail spending rebounds as winter recedes

Retail spending is heating up, as the tenaciously terrible winter loosens its grip on much of the country.

A minimum wage hike we can all embrace

Back in the 1970s, 25 percent of the American workforce counted on a union card to guarantee their household a place in the middle class. Blame technology, globalization or even the oil embargo, but union membership has declined as the service economy evolved. Now, standing between American households and a middle class lifestyle is a college diploma, yet only 30 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds have a bachelor's degree.

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