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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Working as a server at a Capital Grille in Tampa, Fla., Kevin Kearney typically picks up more than 30 hours per week, bringing home just enough money to support his wife and two young children. One or two lost shifts at the restaurant, he says, "can make or break me on a monthly basis."

Kearney worries that those one or two critical shifts might vanish in 2014, when many of the regulations under the President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, go into effect. Under the law, companies will be responsible for providing coverage for workers or they will face government penalties -- but not for employees who log fewer than 30 hours per week on average.
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Matt Taibbi: 'It Should Be Illegal To Publish Poll Numbers'
Katherine V.W. Stone: This Year's October Surprise Will Come in November
Every four years we hear warnings about an "October surprise" that could upheave the political landscape on the eve of the election. This year, the "surprise" threatens to hit land on November 2: it is the prospect that a million workers could receive a layoff notice on the Friday before the election.
Carlo Cottarelli: Taking Stock: Public Finances Now Stronger in Many Countries
The slow global recovery is making fiscal adjustment more difficult around the world, but this doesn't mean that little has been accomplished. In fact, significant progress in many countries has been made during the past two years in strengthening their fiscal accounts after the 2008-09 deterioration.
Jolie Bensen: The Economic Oversight in Manufacturing (Part 1)
Beyond just suggesting that consumers buy more American-made goods or that we adjust our trade deficit, but logistically speaking, how can manufacturing really save our country? How does this create more jobs and stimulate the economy, exactly?
Frank Jannuzi: Want More Jobs in United States? Push China to Respect Human Rights
Factories built on land appropriated below legitimate market rates -- like those employing workers denied the right to organize, or those despoiling the environment due to a lack of oversight -- enjoy significant cost advantages, undermining the competitiveness of U.S. exporters.
Nataly Kelly: McDonald's' Local Strategy, from El McPollo to Le McWrap Chèvre
To the delight of many Americans and to the dismay of many others, the golden arches of McDonald's appear throughout the world. But the menu items vary greatly. I see five important takeaways in McDonald's global success.

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