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Online giving, big impact

Stacey Vanek Smith | Nov 15, 2007
Today is National Philanthropy Day, and Americans are giving in record amounts, thanks to the ease of online donating. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks into how a lot of small contributions count.
Posted In: Charity

Another billion plus for Barclays

Stephen Beard | Nov 15, 2007
European bank Barclays announced it's written off another $1.64 billion, bringing its new write-down total to around $2.64 billion. But Stephen Beard tells Scott Jagow why, compared to other banks, that's not that much.
Posted In: Economy

No packaging? No problem

Stephen Beard | Nov 15, 2007
British cosmetics manufacturer Mark Constantine is very critical of his own industry, and he's started a revolution in the world of marketing -- products with minimal packaging, aimed at a green market.
Posted In: Retail

A local model for global sustainability

Sam Eaton | Nov 15, 2007
The northern Washington town of Bellingham may be the epicenter of a new economic model for a post-consumerist economy: Locally produced goods and services focused on what surrounding communities need and can sustain.
Posted In: Economy

Spending our way to wealth

Sarah Gardner | Nov 15, 2007
It wasn't that long ago that being thrifty was America's number-one virtue. But beginning with FDR, a string of presidents has extolled the virtues of Keynesian economics and spending our way to wealth. Sarah Gardner reports.

Learn a lesson from the Dark Ages

| Nov 15, 2007
Commentator David Frum says that buying local is laudible, but globalization of the consumer economy has brought unprecedented wealth to more people than ever before. So, do we really want to repeat ancient history?

Mass. health plan at next milestone

Steve Tripoli | Nov 14, 2007
Massachusetts residents are required to sign up for the state's health insurance program by tomorrow. Steve Tripoli has an early report card on the Bay State's attempt at universal coverage.
Posted In: Health

The splurge is over, folks

| Nov 14, 2007
With home prices dropping, the dollar sliding and consumer confidence way down, commentator Robert Reich says it isn't just banks that are feeling the pinch.
Posted In: Economy

Are United and Delta talking merger?

Kai Ryssdal | Nov 14, 2007
Rumors of a merger between Delta and United were reported today, but Delta CEO Richard Anderson issued a statement denying the whole thing. Before that hit the wires, Kai Ryssdal talked with Julius Maldutis of the consulting firm Aviation Dynamics.

Can Medicaid stop paying tax cheats?

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Nov 14, 2007
Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes that haven't bothered to pay federal taxes are still getting Medicaid checks. Congress is trying to solve the problem. But as Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports, the government's hands may be tied.
Posted In: Crime, Health