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I'm an Anthem customer, and switching

Feb 10, 2010
Health care insurer Anthem Blue Cross has been getting a lot of attention for its decision to increase rates. Anthem customer and commentator Robert Reich says the company's move is a good argument for reform.

Saving: Good personally, bad nationally

Feb 5, 2010
Regular people are saving more and spending less. While this is a rational response to a tumultuous economy, it's not necessarily the best thing for the country. Steve Chiotakis finds out why from Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Misplaced blame for Venezuela's woes

Feb 3, 2010
Commentator David Frum just came back from a State Department-sponsored trip to Venezuela and sends along his observations about the curious state of its economy.

A new political party: Mad as hell

Jan 27, 2010
Democrats and Republicans will be listening closely to President Obama's State of the Union address for things they can support or slam in the days to come. Commentator Robert Reich says there's one more group Obama will be addressing, too.

Will reforms survive the new Senate?

Jan 26, 2010
How has the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the Senate affected the Democrats' agenda? Steve Chiotakis talks to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about where the party's list of reforms stands now.

Obama's bank tax flunks on every count

Jan 20, 2010
President Obama wants to tax banks to ensure that TARP doesn't cost taxpayers money. Commentator David Frum explains why that's a bad idea.

Automakers need to face new reality

Jan 13, 2010
Carmakers may be upbeat about 2010 as they showcase their latest models at the Detroit Auto Show, but the auto industry's problems are still with us. Commentator Robert Reich says there's no easy fix.
Posted In: Auto

2010 recovery not likely to be vigorous

Jan 7, 2010
An economic recovery may be underway, but we still have a while to go. Steve Chiotakis gets a breakdown and 2010 forecast from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
Posted In: Economy

Travel restrictions come with high price

Jan 6, 2010
Aviation security is undergoing changes because of the foiled Christmas Day terrorist attack in Detroit. Commentator David Frum says that's going to cost us.

In 2009 Main Street got the shaft

Dec 30, 2009
Commentator Robert Reich says this past year will be remembered as a time when Wall Street fat cats who caused the financial collapse got fatter, while the rest of America got the scraps.


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