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PODCAST: Waiting to exhale on Europe, the CFPB, and payroll tax cuts

Dec 7, 2011
President Obama continues his quest to extend payroll tax cuts, and delivered a big speech on the economy yesterday in Kansas. Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is ahead in the polls, but far behind in raising funds for his campaign. The fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains unknown, and today the FDA decides whether one drug should be sold over-the-counter.
Posted In: payroll tax, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Ready to Rock into the Hall of Fame

Dec 7, 2011
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 were announced today. The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses made the cut.
Posted In: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

PODCAST: The U.S. weighs in on Europe

Dec 6, 2011
The latest threat for Europe comes from Standard & Poor's: a possible downgrade of 15 countries if the debt problems continue. Irish citizens are bracing for the fourth year of austerity. Author Robert Neuwirth says the informal economy could soon make up two-thirds of the world's workforce. Pollution in China could be a benefit for the U.S., and Microsoft sets out to revamp XBox Live.
Posted In: payroll tax, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Do theme parks depend on Harry Potter?

Dec 6, 2011
An announcement is expected today that Universal Studios Hollywood will open a Harry Potter attraction, following the success of the Orlando location.
Posted In: harry potter, theme parks, Universal Studios

PODCAST: Italian austerity, American spending

Dec 5, 2011
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled a firm austerity plan for his country. In the wake of a tempestuous month for leadership, we take a look at accountability, both in Europe and at American universities. Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cuts, and reporter David Gura spotlights the increasing wealth gap.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Do malls still matter?

Dec 5, 2011
The list of the top five malls in America was recently released. But with booming online shopping sales, are malls still relevant?
Posted In: shopping, holiday shopping, Malls

PODCAST: The 8.6%

Dec 2, 2011
The big monthly jobs numbers come out today. Dan Gorenstein finishes his two part series on unemployment, speaking with employment officials about what citizens can do. As the European debt crisis continues, it could start affecting U.S. exports. The Green Bay Packers are publicly owned, but those shares are really more about sentiment than actual value. And new car share programs in Germany are aimed at younger drivers.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Mid-day Extra: What the U.S. gives up for vacation

Dec 2, 2011
A recent report says that Americans gave up $34.3 billion worth of vacation days this year.
Posted In: vacation days, vacation

PODCAST: Super Mario II

Dec 1, 2011
Markets are finally smiling again following the news yesterday that coordinated action will be taken by the world's central banks to ease credit and increase liquidity. In Illinois, state lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have offered millions of dollars in tax breaks to keep the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from leaving the state. And some economists say long-term benefits help the unemployed avoid reality.
Posted In: European Central Bank

Mid-day Extra: Are cheaters more creative?

Nov 30, 2011
A new study suggests that creative-minded people might also be more likely to cheat -- and find a good reason for it after the fact.
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