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The Wreck Of The US Middle Class: Americas Paychecks Bigger Than 40 Years Ago, But Purchasing Power About The Same (Credit Card Delinquencies Highest Since 1991) alexmark
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Fixed-rate mortgages don't prevent ownership costs from rising, leading to forced sales. alexmark
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Inflation remained high in May as rising prices and elevated interest rates continue to weigh on Americans’ finances, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release on Wednesday.

US Prepares To Expand Secondary Sanctions On Russia Ladylove
by Tyler Durden
 

More than two years into the war in Eastern Europe, it's time to ask: What have Western sanctions against Russia actually accomplished?

Chiquita Brands was ordered Monday by a Florida jury to pay $38.3 million to the families of eight people killed by a right-wing paramilitary group in Colombia, which the banana grower had funded for years during that country's violent civil war. 

Afghanistan has sold 150,000 tons (1.1 million barrels) of crude oil from the Amu Darya basin for more than $80 million over the past 10 days, with Beijing’s investment in the country beginning to bear fruit.