This week, we've been looking back at the legacy of the "War on Poverty," launched by President Lyndon Johnson, 50 years ago. Johnson also pushed to increase the nation's minimum wage. Low-wage workers actually saw their purchasing power peak while Johnson was in office. Adjusting for inflation, minimum wage workers earn less today than they did in the late 1960s.
The government is going after Craig Zucker, the creator of a "desk toy" consisting of small round magnets that wound up being swallowed by a lot of children. The Consumer Product Safety Commisision initiated a recall but rather than go along, Zucker shut down his company.
There's been a proliferation of devices that allow people to track their health and learn about potential medical problems. Startups offering digital services where customers quantify themselves in various ways are out in full force at the Consumer Electronics Show. But what are those companies doing to protect customer data?
In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of the first five groups to benefit from a new federal anti-poverty program called "Promise Zones," which also include communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and southeastern Kentucky. Tribal leaders hope the initiative will bring more opportunities to their impoverished rural community.
A bevy of tax breaks — 55 of them, in fact — expired on New Year's Day. They range from a benefit for mass transit commuters to a subsidy for NASCAR racetracks. Some of these tax breaks may not be crucial to the national economy, but the businesses that once received them tend to disagree.
As Democrats stress the need to refiine the War on Poverty, the GOP says it needs wholesale changes. Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republicans on Wednesday critiqued the federal effort as a failure of big government — and said that the states know best how to help the poor.