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PODCAST: U.S. to sell AIG stock, Congress returns

Sep 10, 2012
Members of Congress will return to session today. But don't expect a lot to come from Capitol Hill over the next several weeks before Election Day. The U.S. Treasury plans to sell $18 billion shares of AIG stock in a public offering that would reduce its stake by more than half. Katie Couric launches her daytime talk show today. Is she the next Oprah? Plus, Toys "R" Us faces challenges as it releases a tablet for kids, the capital of Vermont is getting into the utility business, and will the Fed announce a new round of economic stimulus?

PODCAST: August jobs numbers, grandparents providing more

Sep 7, 2012
August's unemployment numbers are out today. Next week, all eyes turn to the Fed, which will detail its next big move, small move, or… no move. A University of Chicago study shows grandparents are giving more financial support and providing more babysitting help in recent years. The San Antonio school district started making its lunches healthier with a goal of fighting obesity -- and it's making money. And when it comes to home insurance, read the fine print.

PODCAST: The ECB's bond-buying plan, McDonald's goes all-veggie

Sep 6, 2012
Despite -- or maybe because of -- recent mass shootings in the U.S., gun manufacturers are reporting peak profits. The European Central Bank announces a bond-buying plan. McDonald's is opening two all-vegetarian restaurants in India. David Gura reports on a father and son in North Carolina who have differing views on the upcoming election. And Gallup asked American workers how satisfied they were with 13 aspects of their jobs.

PODCAST: Nokia's new Windows phone, productivity rises

Sep 5, 2012
Nokia unveils new smartphone today, loaded with Microsoft's new operating system. U.S. productivity rose last quarter. Next Monday, Chicago public school teachers may vote to walk off the job, marking the first big strike since 2006. FedEx downgrades its quarterly earnings. We look into the marketing of high school athletes. And China ponders the need for a stimulus package.

PODCAST: Auto sales, austerity and the economy

Sep 4, 2012
Automakers are enjoying a good earning season. Analysts look to the UK for insight into Paul Ryan's proposed deficit cuts, and Hillary Clinton heads to Beijing to talk economy.
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PODCAST: Manufacturing takes a hit, Rihanna takes a trip

Sep 3, 2012
A big week for the European Debt Crisis starts off with some not-so-great news: manufacturing in the region fell last month for the 13th straight month. There are going to be a lot of people on the highways today heading home from Labor Day weekend festivities. And they'll be spending a little more on gas than they did a year ago, but how do our gas prices stack up globally? And the drug company Pfizer is getting ready to sell shares of its animal health business Zoetis -- which distributes medicines for pets and livestock -- to the public.

PODCAST: Bernanke speaks, India's economy hits the breaks

Aug 31, 2012
The big news of the day is Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's much-anticipated speech at Jackson Hole. Also, we fact-check a misleading campaign ad about welfare.
Posted In: Obama, welfare, romney, Ben Bernanke

PODCAST: Citigroup settles lawsuit, consumer spending rises

Aug 30, 2012
Citigroup pays up for past deeds. Earlier this week, we learned the SEC is investigating Ally Financial for its own mortgage practices around that time.
Posted In: Citigroup, GOP, Angela Merkel

PODCAST: Isaac hits New Orleans, farmers see near record profits

Aug 29, 2012
Despite, or perhaps because of, the historic drought in the Midwest, farmers are making big profits. Isaac shuts down Louisiana's ports. And all those smartphones come with a cost: more than ever, we're tethered to our jobs.
Posted In: Oil, Hurricane Isaac, The Federal Reserve

PODCAST: GOP courts Latinos, Unilever unveils a new strategy

Aug 28, 2012
Housing is up, consumer confidence is down. How do you feel about the economy?
Posted In: GOP, Latino voters, podcast

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