Dec 22, 2011

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House Republicans agreed to the two-month payroll tax cut extension. Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Zweig talks about presidential candidate Ron Paul's big investments. A new proposal wants law schools to disclose their graduates' earnings. A group putting on ads trying to bring awareness to famine may not in fact be providing fundamental aid to Somalians. It's been a rough year for Europe, but that's not stopping Germans from celebrating the holidays. Commentator and podcaster Nate DiMeo writes an open letter to his daughter's toys. And we hear about the science behind our gift preferences.

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The House caves: GOP leaders accept two-month extension of payroll tax cut

Dec 22, 2011
At the urging of President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP-led House say they will pass a two-month payroll tax cut extension.

Nicely wrapped gifts heighten expectations

Dec 22, 2011
Researcher Nathan Novemsky discusses his findings on gift giving. Fancy wrapping increases expectations -- but also, disappointment -- he says.

Buy from Best Buy? Your presents may be late

Dec 22, 2011
The country's biggest electronics chain is saying that "overwhelming demand for some products" could mean a late Christmas for some.

The opposing views on an economic recovery

Dec 22, 2011
Unemployment claims have dropped to their lowest level since April 2008, but some economists say that's still not news to cheer about.

Letter to a toy company

Dec 22, 2011
Millions are writing letters this month asking for toys. But one parent wants a toy company to add to their product line.

As tuition rises, value of law degrees is questioned

Dec 22, 2011
A report on the high cost of law school, which many students borrow to cover, suggests schools should provide information on how their graduates fare in the work world.

Germany OK in tough European holiday season

Dec 22, 2011
Austerity is the rule as many European nations deal with the continent’s debt crisis. Germany is doing relatively well.

Not exactly aiding relief

Dec 22, 2011
Popular online ads for famine victims don't benefit actual famine victims.

Ron Paul's investment strategy is gold

Dec 22, 2011
Wall Street Journal's investing columnist Jason Zweig dissects the GOP candidate's investment portfolio.

House Republicans agreed to the two-month payroll tax cut extension. Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Zweig talks about presidential candidate Ron Paul’s big investments. A new proposal wants law schools to disclose their graduates’ earnings. A group putting on ads trying to bring awareness to famine may not in fact be providing fundamental aid to Somalians. It’s been a rough year for Europe, but that’s not stopping Germans from celebrating the holidays. Commentator and podcaster Nate DiMeo writes an open letter to his daughter’s toys. And we hear about the science behind our gift preferences.

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