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Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the Blackstone Group LP at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation 2011 Fiscal Summit.

PODCAST: The simple solution to healthcare

David Brancaccio | Dec 4, 2014
ECB leaves interest rates alone, simplifying healthcare costs, and free trade between states.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Summit on College Opportunity at the Ronald Reagan Building December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Colleges pledge to graduate more low-income students

Amy Scott | Dec 4, 2014
Hundreds of college presidents and other education leaders share ideas at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action.
The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA's first Orion deep space exploration craft is seen at a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station space launch complex on Dec. 3  in Florida.

NASA's unmanned test flight is a step toward Mars

Tim Fitzsimons | Dec 4, 2014
It’s also a reminder that U.S. astronauts have to hitch a ride to the International Space Station.
Peter G. Peterson, co-founder of the Blackstone Group LP at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation 2011 Fiscal Summit.

Solution to rising healthcare costs could be simple

Dan Gorenstein | Dec 4, 2014
The Peterson Center on Healthcare – which is launching today – thinks so.

She's got a really expensive ticket to ride

Tony Wagner and Tobin Low | Dec 4, 2014
Here are the numbers we're watching and reading for Thursday.

Robots invade holidays ... but don't take over

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 3, 2014
Robots go more mainstream, shipping packages and vacuuming. But they're not smart enough to stage a coup.
Posted In: Amazon, holiday season, robot
Paul Downer in his home on Meridian Street.

York & Fig: The House on Meridian Street

Noel King | Dec 3, 2014
When a neighborhood gentrifies, there can be a kind of culture clash between the old residents and the new. We examine this dynamic by speaking to past and present residents of a house on Meridian Street.

Inside the 'investor economy'

Stan Alcorn | Dec 3, 2014
It's been a banner year for corporate bond issuance and American stocks. Meanwhile, commodity prices are falling precipitously. What unites them all? Investors.
Posted In: Economy, investor, market
The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. According to the Fed, daily hotel room rates in Southern California have risen to pre-recession levels.

Highlights from the Fed's beige book

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 3, 2014
It brims with economic tidbits on such things as hotel rates and e-commerce.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the next chairman of the House Way and Means Committee.

Why temporary tax breaks remain temporary

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Dec 3, 2014
Money, and an inability to compromise.