FROM Catherine Reagor
Will Expanding the Housing Market Lead to Another Bubble? The housing market usually leads the way out of recession, but this time around it's a drag on economic recovery. So President Obama is going to give it a boost , making it easier for first-time buyers with low credit ratings to qualify for mortgages on new homes. Admittedly, it's a modest proposal — $900 in savings for just 250,000 people, when more than $2 million are needed for healthy growth. But critics call it a risky first step toward another sub-prime disaster -- just like the one that started the Great Recession a few years ago.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.