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PODCAST: Shed your tie for Mother Earth, Will Ferrell's beer of choice

Dec 15, 2011
With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva. And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.
Posted In: Will Ferrell, basketball, Europe debt crisis, Washington D.C.

PODCAST: OPEC reaches a deal, iPads in the cockpit

Dec 14, 2011
Conflict in Washington continues over the possible extension of the payroll tax cuts, as experts disagree whether the measures help or hurt the broader economy. The SEC is pushing for a rule that would disclose the income gap between the average American worker and CEOs. It is about to get a bit more difficult to be a cab driver in Chicago. And what kind of football team will make its home in Los Angeles?
Posted In: OPEC, euro

Mid-day Extra: A car rental alternative in the U.K.

Dec 14, 2011
If your car is spending most of the day sitting unused on your driveway, it could be working a lot harder to earn you some spare cash.
Posted In: car, rental car, Britain

PODCAST: Six months of rising sales, raising a glass of bubbly

Dec 13, 2011
The Federal Reserve officials meet today to discuss the slow domestic recovery, the ongoing crisis in Europe, and a plan for better communication surrounding its actions. In Russia, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov announced he will run for president against Vladimir Putin in next spring's elections. Wall Street types can expect smaller bonuses this year, but many are thankful to just have a job.
Posted In: champagne, retail sales, Russia

Mid-day Extra: Presents might not be worth what you think

Dec 13, 2011
A new study shows that gifts that cost more, or take more time to pick out, might not be appreciated anymore than their less-thought-out counterparts.
Posted In: holiday shopping

PODCAST: Cameron in the doghouse, a dent in the debt

Dec 12, 2011
Questions are being raised as to the economic future of England and the rest of Europe following Friday's summit. Demand for larger pickups is up, and Ford is discontinuing its Ranger line of smaller trucks. More and more young people are taking on full-time jobs as yoga instructors.
Posted In: david cameron, fedex, American Airlines, New Year's eve

PODCAST: A less-than-perfect (European) Union

Dec 9, 2011
European leaders meet in Brussels for yet another summit to determine the fate of the EU, and Britain has announced it won't sign off on any fiscal union. Another summit wraps up in South Africa today, as the UN concludes its climate talks. Richard Cordray was blocked by Senate Republicans from an appointment as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, United Nations

Mid-day Extra: What sets Brussels apart

Dec 9, 2011
Brussels isn't the first city people may think of in Europe, but it is home to both the United Nations and the European Commission. Today, European leaders came to a tentative deal there to save the EU.
Posted In: Belgium, Brussels

PODCAST: Bigger stockpiles, butter shortage

Dec 8, 2011
Jon Corzine heads to Congress today to answer for the collapse of brokerage firm MF Global. The European Union is looking to the International Monetary Fund for bailout help, and that could have ripple effects in the U.S. Reporter Sally Herships looks at what other businesses can gain from big-box storse like Costco and Walmart. And the countdown to a big European summit is nearing its end.
Posted In: butter, Retail, Oil, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Streamlining holiday shopping

Dec 8, 2011
With increased competition from online retailers, stores across the country are taking steps to make the holiday shopping experience a bit faster.
Posted In: holiday shopping, retail sales, consumer

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