As U.S. society has grown more unequal, rich men and women have set up clubs and foundations to encourage economic parity, and they are actively lobbying for change.
U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday urged the public to "tell Congress to say 'yes'" to raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
The income gap between rich and poor is most extreme in several of the most prosperous and largest cities in the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Fannie Mae posted net income of $6.5 billion in its eighth straight profitable quarter, and will have repaid its federal bailout after paying its fourth-quarter dividend to the U.S. Treasury.
Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in 18 months, but inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U.S., according to the National Association of Realtors.
The stock market got a boost on Thursday from encouraging reports from Markit and the Conference Board that the economy should pick up after a winter slump, wiping out a drop in the previous day's trading.
Health plan sign-ups through Covered California rose steadily in the first six weeks of the year, though one 1 in 5 enrollees has not yet paid the first month's premium, the state-run insurance exchange said Wednesday.
The number of people seeking U.S. jobless benefits is roughly in line with pre-recession levels and indicates that companies are cutting few positions. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs.
President Obama met with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests, even as Congress pushes back against some of his top cross-border agenda items.
The cost of producing goods and services in the U.S. rose slightly in January, with higher food prices partly offset by cheaper gas and a mild inflation rate.
Boosting the federal minimum wage would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.
U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market has declined sharply as the severe weather battering much of the nation keeps many would-be buyers at home.
Although student loan debt has quadrupled since 2003 and now exceeds all other forms of U.S. consumer debt, even credit cards, the Fed doesn't see it as a significant threat to the nation's economic stability.
Despite 1,268 fraud cases to date, losses under the 2009 Recovery Act have been a fraction of what the government expected when Congress passed the stimulus package.
With auto workers in Tennessee rejecting a union, will Republican claims of more jobs come true?