Dec 15, 2011

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With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva.  And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.

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BlackBerry maker plays catch up

Dec 14, 2011
Research in Motion was the smartphone’s pioneer. But the BlackBerry’s core business customers are switching to iPhone and Android devices.

Weekly jobless numbers hit three year low

Dec 15, 2011
The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims this week has fallen to the lowest point since May of 2008 -- and it isn't just holiday retail hiring causing the shift.

Bipartisan Medicare deal proposed in Washington

Dec 15, 2011
This morning, a right-wing Republican and left-wing Democrat have announced a plan to reform Medicare that may -- that may -- put policy over politics.

Mixed messages from the U.S. economy

Dec 15, 2011
Weekly jobless numbers out this week show positive signs for the country's economy recovery, but mortage lending rates tell a different story.

R & D tax cut could expire

Dec 15, 2011
The budget debate in Washington has put a lot of programs in danger, including those that depend on research and development tax cuts to innovate.

Mid-day Extra: Another basketball star moves to L.A.

Dec 15, 2011
Point guard Chris Paul is moving to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers. What can that do for his own fame, and for the team's success down the line?

PODCAST: Shed your tie for Mother Earth, Will Ferrell's beer of choice

Dec 15, 2011
With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva. And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.
There is a new plan to help save the planet and prevent global warming... by taking off your tie.
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The economic policies of Newt Gingrich

Dec 15, 2011
The former speaker of the house is currently leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. What do his economic policies entail?

A speedbump for U.S. auto sales in China

Dec 15, 2011
The Chinese government will start to levy duties on imported cars made in the United States.

Will Ferrell loves Old Milwaukee

Dec 15, 2011
Will Ferrell recently taped a series of commercials for Old Milwaukee, pro bono.

Euro debt crisis a threat to British security

Dec 15, 2011
If the euro collapses, Britain's economy could shrink by up to 8 percent. That could have a big effect on the country's defense spending.

Federal student loan funding could be cut

Dec 15, 2011
The countdown begins in Washington to come up with a budget before midnight tomorrow, and one place cuts could come from are federal student loan programs.

Russia gets invitation to join WTO

Dec 15, 2011
After years of bickering over terms, Russia is getting an invitation to join the World Trade Organization. WTO ministers start a three day meeting in Geneva today.

Do Americans care about the debt crisis in Europe?

Dec 15, 2011
We speak to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup, about how much Americans really care about the ongoing crisis in Europe.

With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group’s 153 members meet in Geneva.  And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC