Dec 31, 2012

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The fiscal cliff deadline is tonight -- we go over what will and will not happen if a deal isn't reached by midnight. We look at whether earmarks are to blame. Sarah Gardner talks to an unemployed steelworker about what happens to him if unemployment benefits expire on Jan. 1st. The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce about furloughs they will encounter if the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, getting consumers to “go green” has proven harder than marketers anticipated. And FEMA is still trying to figure out which damaged or destroyed properties to buy from Hurricane Irene.

Segments From this episode

French court says au revoir to 75% tax on wealthy

Dec 31, 2012
The high court in France has rejected President Francois Hollande's controversial 75 percent tax on millionaires.

Vermonters still awaiting FEMA money

Dec 31, 2012
More than a year after Hurricane Irene devastated much of Vermont, many homeowners are still waiting on federal relief money.

The delicate task of marketing 'green'

Dec 31, 2012
Take toilet paper -- please. People who don't automatically buy the greenest product available have to be persuaded toilet paper that's not white is just as good as what they're used to.

Do fired NFL coaches suffer much financially?

Dec 31, 2012
Terminated NFL coaches often resurface elsewhere in the league... along with a fat paycheck.

Would 'earmarks' have helped fiscal cliff talks?

Dec 31, 2012
'Bridges to Nowhere' and other pork-barrel spending used to be the grease for deal-making in Congress.

Pentagon prepares for cuts -- cliff or no cliff

Dec 31, 2012
Defense contractors are already cutting back as the war in Afghanistan winds down.

Unemployed workers watching, worrying about fiscal cliff

Dec 31, 2012
Richard Crowe, an unemployed former steelworker living in Ohio, talks about what it's been like searching for a job and what he would do when unemployment benefits expire tomorrow.

Social media impostors make real money

Dec 31, 2012
Author Philip Roth's recent tweets were fake, but some celebrity spoofs have turned into profitable ventures.

The fiscal cliff deadline is tonight — we go over what will and will not happen if a deal isn’t reached by midnight. We look at whether earmarks are to blame. Sarah Gardner talks to an unemployed steelworker about what happens to him if unemployment benefits expire on Jan. 1st. The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce about furloughs they will encounter if the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, getting consumers to “go green” has proven harder than marketers anticipated. And FEMA is still trying to figure out which damaged or destroyed properties to buy from Hurricane Irene.

Music from the episode

Jam On It Newcleus
Rockit Herbie Hancock
Never Here Elastica
The Allure Beats Antique