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PODCAST: Italian austerity, American spending

Dec 5, 2011
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled a firm austerity plan for his country. In the wake of a tempestuous month for leadership, we take a look at accountability, both in Europe and at American universities. Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cuts, and reporter David Gura spotlights the increasing wealth gap.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

CFPB at a standstill until director is approved

Dec 5, 2011
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can investigate complaints, but that's about it -- at least until a head of the bureau is approved by Congress.
Posted In: CFPB, Washington D.C., politics

Who's benefiting from a payroll tax cut?

Dec 3, 2011
Fortune Magazine's Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cut, and who is benefiting the most from them.
Posted In: payroll tax

November unemployment: Why the big drop?

Dec 2, 2011
The new jobs-added numbers were good, but they don't explain the big drop in the unemployment rate.
Posted In: Unemployment

Jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

Dec 2, 2011
The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs in November. But the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent because many more people dropped out of the workforce.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Minnesota in the black -- for now

Dec 2, 2011
An unexpected budget surplus sees Minnesota in the least for now.
Posted In: Minnesota, state budgets

A tale of two economies

Dec 2, 2011
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. created 120,000 new jobs in the month of November, while the national unemployment rate fell to a surprising 8.6 percent.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Military veterans and the current job market

Dec 2, 2011
Servicemembers return stateside to one of the worst job markets in history. Two veterans share their job-hunting stories: One who is still searching for a job and another who found work quickly after he retired from the military.
Posted In: military, Jobs

Angela Merkel calls for strict government spending rules

Dec 2, 2011
German Chancellor Angela Merkel today called for a new legally binding set of rules to control spending in all eurozone countries, with harsh fines for any rule-breakers.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Angela Merkel, euro

This week: American Airlines restructuring, job numbers

Dec 2, 2011
We talk with Washington reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer about the top stories from this week.
Posted In: Barney Frank, dodd-frank, Jobs, American Airlines, bankrutpcy, Unemployment