Dec 24, 2009

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Health bill would offer high-risk pool

Dec 24, 2009
Many major provisions in the House and Senate health care reform bills wouldn't take effect for a long time after passage. But one part that would start right away could help unstick the economy -- if it works. Gregory Warner reports.

States pitch bonds to foreign buyers

Dec 24, 2009
Cash-strapped state and local governments this year have sold more than $60 billion worth of Build America Bonds, subsidized by the U.S. Treasury. To drum up interest in their debt, states are taking their marketing message overseas. Amy Scott reports.

Weekly Wrap

Dec 24, 2009
Megan McArdle of The Atlantic magazine and Mike Mandel, author of the textbook "Economics: The Basics" size up the week in business with Kai Ryssdal.

Town rises against prince's bright idea

Dec 24, 2009
One of Germany's wealthiest families wants to cash in and build a giant solar park on its land. But residents of a nearby town are saying nicht in my backyard. Kyle James reports.

Divorced couples aren't the half of it

Dec 24, 2009
Commentator Betsey Stevenson says that, despite all the bad news this year, something positive is going on -- the U.S. divorce rate is now the lowest it's been in 30 years.

Stalled condo projects dot NYC

Dec 24, 2009
New York City's construction boom went bust so fast some of the condominium buildings are standing unfinished. But proposals to turn them into affordable housing units have been a tough sell. Alisa Roth reports.

Christmas wishes from Iraq

Dec 24, 2009
Contingency Operating Base Speicher is a U.S. Army base in Northern Iraq. Correspondent Jake Warga went there to see what some of the soldiers want for Christmas.

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