Economy - Most Commented


Should public transportation be free?

Aug 30, 2010
In Paris, an underground group is posing that question. They dodge fares, not to save money, but to spark a debate over whether public transportation should be free or not.

Reticence to nominate Warren: Sexism?

Aug 23, 2010
It's been a month since President Obama signed the financial regulatory reform that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The administration has yet to nominate a director. Some advocates for one of the leading candidates for the job, Elizabeth Warren, see sexism at play. John Dimsdale reports.

French crack down on gypsy travelers

Aug 19, 2010
In France, the government is expelling gypsy, or Roma travelers -- rounded up as part of a summer clampdown on illegal camps. Over 700 people are expected to be flown out of France in the next few weeks.
Posted In: Immigration

Old news: Media organizations make political donations

Aug 18, 2010
Media companies making political donations may seem taboo, but it's hardly anything new. Stacey Vanek Smith looks into how media companies donate to political interests.

Taxes on H-1B visas pay for border bill

Aug 13, 2010
President Obama signed a $600 million border security bill that will put more agents and equipment on the job along the Mexican border. But with the U.S. bank balance deeply in the red, where's that money coming from? According to the White House, from taxes on H-1B visas for skilled workers. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Immigration

The impact of illegal immigrant births

Aug 12, 2010
A new study from the Pew Hispanic Center says in 2008, 340,000 babies were born in the U.S. to at least one parent who was in this country illegally. That's nearly 1 in 12 newborns. A section of the constitution grants automatic citizenship to those babies. Amy Scott reports on what that means for the economy.
Posted In: Immigration

Brown relishes campaign spending gap

Aug 11, 2010
California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown served two terms as governor in the '70s, and is now the state's attorney general. His campaign offers are meager compared to Whitman's. She's already spent $100 million so far. He, less than a million. And he seems to relish the spending gap. April Dembosky reports.

What does Whitman's spending buy?

Aug 10, 2010
California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is on track to spend the most money on a state election campaign in U.S. history. She's already shelled out $100 million. Her Democratic opponent has spent less than a million. What exactly is she getting with all that money? April Dembosy reports.

Smugglers encourage migration to Europe for profit

Aug 9, 2010
Every year, thousands of refugees and illegal migrants try to sneak into the U.K. France's north-coast are flooded with fleeing migrants -- and smugglers hoping to profit from their plight.
Posted In: Immigration

Should government help support homeownership with subsidies?

Aug 6, 2010
Tess Vigeland speaks to economist Dean Baker and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros about government subsidies for homeownership.
Posted In: Housing