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PODCAST: Who gets the big holiday tips, impact of the payroll tax cut extension

Dec 23, 2011
Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.
Posted In: consumer spending, France, payroll tax, tips

PODCAST: GDP revised, bear-ing the Mexican border

Dec 22, 2011
In the U.S., Gross Domestic Product revisions are out today, and the hope is that the number will keep improving as long as problems in Europe, and Washington, don't stunt that growth. In one North Carolina town, local business play nice to help each other out during recession. The Lone Star State loses as many as half a billion trees in 2011, and that's not including the wildfires. And in this week's Attitude Check, we look at how Americans are really feeling about the potential payroll tax cut extension.
Posted In: GDP, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), weekly jobless

Mid-day Extra: Why we think "best of" lists are the best

Dec 22, 2011
The end of the year brings all kind's of top ten, top 100 and best of 2011 lists -- but what kind of value do we get out of them?
Posted In: 2011, marketing, branding

PODCAST: A mobile Super Bowl, ECB plan exceeds expectations

Dec 21, 2011
As Spain gears up for new leadership, the European Union wants airlines to reduce emissions or pay for permits allowing them to pollute. During the holidays, consumers generate as much as 25 percent more waste from packaging, unused holiday cards and wrapping paper, and other seasonal items. In some Atlanta neighborhoods, houses are selling for under 10,000 -- less than the price of many used cars.
Posted In: European Central Bank, NFL, Super Bowl

Mid-day Extra: Are payroll tax cuts bad for business?

Dec 21, 2011
We hear more from Republican Congressman Bob Gibbs on why he decided to not vote for the two month payroll tax extension that was passed in the Senate.
Posted In: payroll tax, Bob Gibbs, politics

PODCAST: AT&T hangs up on T-Mobile

Dec 20, 2011
AT&T backs out of its plan to takeover its rival T-Mobile. In Foxboro, Mass. controversy is brewing over a plan to build a casino. The movie box office is suffering this year, and Chinese airports are getting an upgrade.
Posted In: AT&T, payroll tax

Mid-day Extra: Is vanity good for a city's economy?

Dec 20, 2011
A recent poll has found Miami to be the vainest city in the U.S., but could that be a good thing?
Posted In: Miami, shopping

PODCAST: The latest Saab story, what's next for North Korea

Dec 19, 2011
Markets around the world are reacting to the death of Kim Jong-Il, and where North Korea will go from here. Foreclosures in the U.S. will be put on hold for two weeks. In Las Vegas, more focus is being put on the non-gambling experience. Allan Sloan offers his thoughts on the business story of the year, and what we'll be talking about 2012.
Posted In: Kim Jong-Il, payroll tax, Saab

PODCAST: Austerity for the holidays

Dec 16, 2011
Congress reaches a deal to avoid a government shutdown -- and it hinges around light bulbs. Retired Americans are no longer shipping off to Florida when they are done working. On the front lines of the European debt crisis, Italy passes austerity measures proposed by new Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Posted In: Washington D.C., austerity

Mid-day Extra: More from Alabama

Dec 16, 2011
Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama discusses illegal immigration, the federal budget, and disaster relief spending.
Posted In: Alabama, FEMA, Governor Robert Bentley

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The Innovators coverage stream is about people who changed the way business is done. For Black History Month, we're looking at how a number of African Americans changed the way business is done.