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Aug 31, 2012

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As the Republican National Convention wraps up in Tampa, the Democratic National Convention is about to start up in Charlotte. We examine the facts behind an ad attacking changes President Obama supposedly made to the nation's welfare program. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give a big speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Will he give any hints about QE3? And we look at historically black colleges in dire financial situations.

Segments From this episode

Did Obama weaken the welfare work requirement?

Aug 31, 2012
The GOP charges that the Obama administration has weakened the work requirement that was a key part of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.

Some historically black colleges are in financial turmoil

Aug 31, 2012
This weekend Howard University and Morehouse College face off in the Nation's Football Classic. The annual game honors historically black colleges and universities at a time when some are struggling to stay afloat.

Expectations limited for Bernanke's Jackson Hole speech

Aug 31, 2012
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give a big speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's a place with a little bit of Fed history.

How getting a full night's sleep is good for business

Aug 31, 2012
We spend a third of our lives doing it -- or at least, we're supposed to. Eight hours a night -- we've been hearing that for years, but come on -- who can do that?

Heathrow expansion may be good economics, bad politics

Aug 31, 2012
The U.K.'s economy is expected to shrink this year. There are calls for the government to spend more money on infrastructure projects -- including adding another runway at London's Heathrow Airport.

How did Republicans brand themselves at the convention?

Aug 31, 2012
The Republican National Convention has wrapped up in Tampa, Florida, after last night’s big speech by Mitt Romney. And perhaps more than anything else, the week was an attempt by the GOP to shape its own brand and message on its own terms. So how’d they do? For answers, let’s bring in Don Goldberg. He’s […]

India's economy slows down

Aug 31, 2012
We got word from India this morning that the economy there is dragging. It grew at a rate of just 5.5 percent last quarter, which was the slowest pace in three years.

Conflicting messages from the Fed in Jackson Hole

Aug 31, 2012
Ben Bernanke delivers a highly anticipated speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole Wyoming.

PODCAST: Bernanke speaks, India's economy hits the breaks

Aug 31, 2012
The big news of the day is Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's much-anticipated speech at Jackson Hole. Also, we fact-check a misleading campaign ad about welfare.

Samsung wins patent battle over Apple in Tokyo

Aug 31, 2012
Unlike the US case that covered seven patents, this one covered only one. Apple gets nothing, and the judges ordered it to pay all of Samsung's legal fees, as well.

As the Republican National Convention wraps up in Tampa, the Democratic National Convention is about to start up in Charlotte. We examine the facts behind an ad attacking changes President Obama supposedly made to the nation’s welfare program. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give a big speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Will he give any hints about QE3? And we look at historically black colleges in dire financial situations.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC