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President Obama asks to repeal big oil tax breaks

Mar 29, 2012
The president wants lawmakers to repeal $4 billion worth of tax breaks that oil companies currently get. How much of an issue are these subsidies?
Posted In: Barack Obama, Oil, subsidy

Paul Ryan budget plan dead in the Senate

Mar 29, 2012
The GOP casts itself as the party of fiscal discipline. The Paul Ryan budget blueprint does not close deficits until around 2040.
Posted In: Paul Ryan, budget

Americans split in opinion on health care

Mar 29, 2012
According to Gallup, a majority of Americans don't anticipate many positive changes to come with the Affordable Care Act. Support for health care reform roughly tracks the same numbers as President Obama's approval ratings.
Posted In: health care reform law

Robots Ate My Road Trip--Day 5

Mar 29, 2012
David Brancaccio continues his journey across the United States only interacting with machines--at least today some of them were pretty fun.
Posted In: Robots Ate My Job, roadtrip, david brancaccio

Good and bad signs for the U.S. housing market

Mar 28, 2012
It is one step forward, one step back for the housing market. The mortgage bankers association says this morning applications for home mortgages were up 3.3 percent last week but demand for refinancing dropped for the sixth straight week.
Posted In: Housing, construction, home

PODCAST: Gas keeps rising, Annie's goes public

Mar 28, 2012
Research shows that over a quarter of the population isn't getting enough sleep, but what can be done? Research in Motion reports earnings tomorrow, and despite efforts to revamp the company and its BlackBerry product, the outlook is still grim. The health care debate continues into Day Three, and David Brancaccio continues his cross-country trip looking at robots that are stealing our jobs.

Rubber not meeting the road on highway bill

Mar 28, 2012
The highway bill is in a standoff in the House, threatening highway projects if an agreement can't be reached by this weekend.
Posted In: infrastructure, highways, Congress

Case-Shiller home prices and health care reform

Mar 27, 2012
The markets have a lot to reflect on this morning, from the pending Supreme Court decision to the latest Case-Shiller Index.
Posted In: health care, case shiller

PODCAST: Southwest raises prices, consumer confidence falls

Mar 27, 2012
This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called "Robots Ate My Job," and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the military's push into alternative energy. And day two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

PODCAST: Ben Bernanke speaks, 'The Hunger Games' takes off

Mar 26, 2012
It's day one of Supreme Court arguments over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. Twenty-six states are challenging the law -- parts of which are already in place. Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, is expected to announce earnings today, and analysts aren't expecting big things. It's been 10 years since the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School opened a satellite campus in San Francisco. To mark the occasion, the business school has moved to a bigger -- and shinier -- facility.

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