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2014-04-03 08:26:21

ATLANTA, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Randstad's U.S. Employee Confidence Index rose to a six-month high in March, increasing 3.1 points from February to 57.1. In addition, workers reported the highest level of job security since May 2008, with 77 percent indicating it is unlikely they will lose their positions. These upticks reveal that American workers remain confident with the workplace, the strength of the U.S. economy, job availability, their potential to find jobs and the...

2014-04-02 04:20:58

However, looking back five years shows how much outlooks have improved NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the first quarter of the calendar year behind us and tax deadlines approaching, many Americans may be putting thought into where their money has gone in the recent past and where it might be going in the near future. While attitudes haven't changed overwhelmingly since last December, some shifts in plans for the next six months may indicate that Americans are questioning their...

2014-03-26 12:27:51

In-state rival UNC remains in the number two spot NEW YORK, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Well, no one won the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. As top seeds fell and two 11 seeds made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the Madness that is March is underway. While they may have lost in the first round to Mercer, the 14 seed, for the fifth year in a row the Duke Blue Devils are America's Favorite Men's College Basketball team. And, after they lost in the round of 32, Duke's main rivals, the...

2014-03-24 12:31:03

Only one in five Americans believe their Member of Congress deserves to be re-elected NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- There is the old saying "the more things change, the more they stay the same." And, in the world of Washington, D.C., that definitely seems to be the case. The President is on the road touting the last days to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. There is an actual consensus on something between Congressional leaders and the White House, in the belief that...

2014-03-20 12:26:30

Solar seen as the best energy source for the environment; coal seen as the worst NEW YORK, March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing majority of Americans (65%, up from 61% in 2012 and 59% in 2009) say that they are knowledgeable about energy sources, but are they showing a corresponding increase in energy efficiency-related upgrades and behaviors? Majorities of Americans are doing some basic things like turning off lights, televisions or other appliances when not in use (79%, down...

2014-03-11 04:21:00

Majorities also feel each party is more interested in "beating" the opposition than in what's good for the country NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hot tempers and heated words have always been part of the U.S. political scene. In fact, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel in the early days of the United States. But how bad do Americans think it's gotten? A new Harris Poll addresses the issue of incivility in politics and public life, and whether it's seen as getting in...

2014-03-05 04:22:14

Increasing Social Security and Medicare eligibility ages most popular among those already eligible, least popular among those approaching eligibility NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Social security and Medicare are often treated collectively as something of a third rail in politics (though there is admittedly no shortage of those). However, as American life expectancy has increased and as Baby Boomers are now eligible for early retirement and are approaching full retirement benefits...

2014-03-04 04:21:04

Political and generational divides abound in a playing field littered with "third rails" NEW YORK, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Harris Poll finds that large majorities of the public continue to be supportive of many key government services. This continuing sentiment underscores the difficulty our leaders face when attempting to curb government spending, given that nearly any cut under consideration, such as recent defense cuts proposed by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D. NY) will be met...

2014-02-27 04:20:39

Most Americans actually do not believe in any of 12 common superstitions NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you walk around a black cat or always throw spilled salt over your shoulder? Just how common are beliefs in certain superstitions many Americans grew up hearing from parents and grandparents? Surprisingly, not as common as one might think. There is the childhood phrase "see a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck" but just one-third of Americans (33%) believe...

2014-02-24 12:23:14

Little change in attitudes towards economy and household finances NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressional retirements continue to be announced as many legislators are looking to spend more time with family, look for greener pastures and, for one, actually run for a lower office. One reason many of these retirements may be happening is that Congress is still mired in just single digit positive job ratings. Fewer than one in ten (8%) Americans give Congress positive marks...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'