FROM Kathleen Madigan
November US Consumer Confidence Jumps More than Expected Retailers have worried about the upcoming holiday season, but consumers are bullish, at least for the moment. The private research group called the Conference Board said today that consumer confidence rose from 40.9 to 56.0 in last month, the biggest gain in eight years. Kathleen Madigan is economics columnist at the Dow Jones Newswire .
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."