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New jobs report just about meaningless

Apr 2, 2010
Today's jobs numbers have been touted as a hopeful beacon in what's become a dreary downward pattern. But Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains to Bob Moon why the figures only reflect a temporary situation in the jobs market.

Health reform bill is no New Deal

Mar 24, 2010
Commentator Robert Reich is a strong supporter of the President Obama's health care reform plan, but thinks we need to be realistic about what it is. And what it isn't.

A look into the U.S.-China yuan debate

Mar 19, 2010
The U.S. and China continue their intense argument over China's currency issues. Where is the conflict heading? Steve Chiotakis talks to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Can Obama dispel clouds of trade war?

Mar 17, 2010
Sniping between Washington and Beijing over China's currency policy is continuing, with the Chinese claiming they've become a scapegoat for America's trade problems. But commentator David Frum says it's about time the U.S. said something.

U.S. public education needs a bailout

Mar 10, 2010
Soon the Obama administration is expected to announce billions in extra federal funds for under-performing public schools. Commentator Robert Reich says the administration needs to do a lot more.

Behind the politics of financial reform

Mar 5, 2010
The White House's plan for financial regulatory reform has not gotten a warm reception so far in Congress. What are the chances of passage? Steve Chiotakis talks to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Control health costs with competition

Feb 24, 2010
The Obama administration is seeking to slap limits on health insurance costs in response to a premium rate hike by insurer Anthem-Blue Cross. But commentator Robert Reich argues there's a better way.

Behind the Democrats' new jobs bill

Feb 19, 2010
Senate Democrats are supporting a $15 billion jobs bill, which is a small fraction of a pricier measure that had bipartisan support. Steve Chiotakis gets further analysis of the plan from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Markets react to rising discount rate

Feb 19, 2010
The Federal Reserve has raised the rate banks are charged for emergency loans. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson about how markets are interpreting the Fed move and what this means for the future.
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Lessons from Europe's debt crisis

Feb 17, 2010
Fears about the state of peripheral eurozone countries have been shaking the markets. Commentator David Frum says President Obama should be paying close attention to how European leaders are managing the crisis.

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We are always changing the way we work. But in the last decade improvements in technology and communications, combined with companies’ increased ability and inclination to outsource, have conspired to make radical changes to work in America. Throw the twin wrenches of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting Great Recession, and the disruption has been dramatic: unemployment and underemployment have soared; worker productivity has reached all-time highs; the gap between rich and poor has widened to a point not seen since the Second World War.