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Dec 7, 2007

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Jobs report falls in a vague sweet spot

Dec 7, 2007
There was a certain beauty to today's unemployment report. The economy added almost 100,000 new jobs last month and you could interpret the numbers just about any way you wanted -- good, bad, or none of the above. Steve…

IMF plans to take its own advice

Dec 7, 2007
The International Monetary Fund is going to cut 400 positions, or 15% of its staff. The IMF is known for requiring developing countries to tighten their belts in return for loans. Jeff Tyler reports the IMF could use some of…

Middle class keeps falling behind

Dec 7, 2007
Middle-class families have seen their incomes grow over the past couple of decades. But commentator Robert Frank says they're still having a hard time keeping up.

Health-care benefits of a different sort

Dec 7, 2007
Some employers are trying to cushion the blow of health-care costs to workers by offering benefits that are health-related and some that aren't. Mary-Rose Abraham reports.

Week on Wall Street

Dec 7, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

It's the economy again, stupid

Dec 7, 2007
Polls show the economy is moving up on the list of things voters care about in next year's elections. So, House Democrats met in Washington today to hone the economic message they want to spread over the next 11 months.…

Gadgets galore available for gift-giving

Dec 7, 2007
When we want to know more about tech toys and gadgets, we call Kevin Pereira from G4 television. He brought some good stuff to play with -- just in time for holiday shopping.

When Oprah chooses sides

Dec 7, 2007
Celebrity endorsements of political candidates are nothing new. But we all know Oprah's more than just another celebrity. So we asked Stacey Vanek-Smith to take a look at what happens when brand Oprah picks a candidate.
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey
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Music from the episode

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