Economy - Most Commented


How the GI Bill changed the economy

Oct 6, 2009
The new GI Bill gives vets money for tuition, housing and books. But paying for GIs' educations is nothing new. Stephen Smith of American Radioworks explores how the first GI Bill's push to education helped shape the U.S. economy.

Chamber head in climate bill conflict

Sep 28, 2009
Environmentalists and others are concerned over whether the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can be an unbiased party on a big climate change debate because of his affiliation with Union Pacific. Steve Henn reports.

Congress takes on financial reform

Sep 25, 2009
Congress still has work to do if it wants to prevent another financial meltdown. Steve Chiotakis talks to Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about what bills are on the table, what's likely to pass and what should be on the radar.

House debates merging regulators

Sep 23, 2009
Today, the House begins two weeks of hearings on banking reform. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will defend a plan to merge two of the four federal regulators. But the move is drawing its fair share of debate. John Dimsdale reports.

U.S. will take on climate change

Sep 22, 2009
At the U.N.'s climate change summit today, President Obama declared that the U.S. is a serious partner in combating global warming. Bill Radke explores the president's message to world leaders with Marketplace's Tamara Keith.

Lawmakers' inside advantage to trading

Sep 17, 2009
Company executives are forbidden from trading stocks using insider knowledge, but no such law exists to prevent members of Congress from doing so. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Is money a factor in the missile move?

Sep 17, 2009
President Obama says he's abandoning plans for a large-scale missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Bill Radke discusses the move with Mike O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Abuse grows for low-wage workers

Sep 11, 2009
Day laborers and activists are on Capitol Hill today pushing for immigration reform. They argue the economic crisis has meant growing abuse of illegal workers -- and the practice is spreading to legal ones, too. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Congress returns to its daily grind

Sep 8, 2009
Congress comes back to Washington, D.C. this week after summer break, and the local economy is excited to return to business as usual. But health care is threatening to take up a lot of space on the debate floor. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Weighty items on lawmakers' agenda

Sep 8, 2009
Health care isn't the only item lawmakers have to tackle. Tamara Keith reports that Congress' to-do list also includes climate legislation and reforming the financial regulatory system.