Jan 25, 2012

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President Obama's State of the Union speech put a spotlight on American manufacturing and job growth. We take a closer look at the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, and how the process affects people across the country. Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt. And is it possible to trademark the color red?

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SOTU focuses on jobs, manufacturing in the U.S.

Jan 25, 2012
In last night's speech, President Obama proposed more incentives for U.S. manufacturing, better training for workers and relief for struggling homeowners.

How MERS helped the housing downfall

Jan 25, 2012
Harper's Magazine's Chris Ketcham discusses his latest article on MERS, the Mortgage Electronic Registration System, which he says contributed to the problems that led to the mortgage finance bubble.

Can you trademark the color red?

Jan 25, 2012
This week, a federal appellate court will hear arguments over whether fashion designer Christian Louboutin’s signature red-soled shoes are actually something he can trademark.

Japan's first trade deficit in 30 years

Jan 25, 2012
Natural disasters at home and abroad contributed to the country having fewer exports than imports.

Apple profits come close to oil company earnings

Jan 25, 2012
Apple posted record earnings for the last quarter, and the only company to make more is in a whole different industry.

Long-term manufacturing decline hard to reverse

Jan 25, 2012
President Obama announced that he hoped to start bringing manufacturing jobs back to our shores. But we might never again reach the peak of the 1940's.

Mid-day Extra: Going brown to go green

Jan 25, 2012
Why would consumers want to reach for brown napkins over white if they are both made of recycled paper?

How Apple is missing out in China

Jan 25, 2012
Apple reported strong earnings in part thanks to its growing market in China. But could they be doing more for their customers there?

Can we bring manufacturing back from overseas?

Jan 25, 2012
In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama said he hopes to bring manufacturing jobs back to the country from overseas. But with countries like Apple firmly planted in factories abroad, will that ever happen?

The trouble with Apple's success

Jan 25, 2012
Apple's record quarterly profits come with a few setbacks for the maker of the iPhone.

President Obama heads to Arizona

Jan 25, 2012
Following his State of the Union address yesterday that focused on job growth, the president heads to Arizona today. We talk to a congressman there about what the president's speech and visit mean for him.

PODCAST: Chevy Volts and puppy Uggs

Jan 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union speech put a spotlight on American manufacturing and job growth. We take a closer look at the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, and how the process affects people across the country. Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt. And is it possible to trademark the color red?
Chevy Volt electric vehicles and Opel Amperas go through assembly at the General Motors Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant October 11, 2011 in Hamtramck, Mich.
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President Obama’s State of the Union speech put a spotlight on American manufacturing and job growth. We take a closer look at the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, and how the process affects people across the country. Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt. And is it possible to trademark the color red?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC