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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
The rain is bad news for those in the storm-damaged Catskills where rivers and fields left swollen by Tropical Storm Irene are flooding again.
Monday, September 05, 2011
It's Monday, so we're discussing news ahead for the week. Next Sunday will be ten years since the 9/11 attacks. This will be a week of reflection — not just for Americans but for everyone around the world. As we remember 9/11, many Americans are still without jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC and The Takeaway, says not to expect anything game-changing from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech this Thursday in Minnesota on the economic outlook. His speech will be followed by President Barack Obama's jobs speech. And across the Atlantic, Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to France over the weekend, and the hunt for Col. Muammar Gadhafi continues in Libya.
Friday, September 02, 2011
Driving along Route 28 in the Catskills Mountain, five days after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the region, can be deceptive. It’s a beautiful sunny day. Some leaves are starting to turn yellow and crimson. But if you stop in the towns along the way — Boiceville, Phoenicia, Margaretville — it’s another story all together.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
As clean up efforts continue in the Catskill towns severely damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, residents of New York City are helping out.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Speaking in the Catskills community of Prattsville, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he expects damage from Tropical Storm Irene to reach $1 billion as the flood waters receded from rural communities in the mountainous region upstate and elsewhere to reveal the extent of the destruction.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The slow down of the nation's economy does have at least one silver lining for anyone trying to get a mortgage or refinance an existing one. The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed loan is now 4.43 percent according to HSH.com, a website that tracks mortgage lending across the country.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 520 points Wednesday on a day that concern over the weakening economy continued to percolate on Wall Street and send stocks tumbling.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
How closely tied are the financial markets to the economy at large? In reaction to the country’s credit rating downgrade on Friday the markets had their worst day since the 2008 financial crisis yesterday as the Dow Jones dropped about 635 points and the Nasdaq was down 175. But do these numbers affect our country’s ability to create jobs? Do they have any meaningful relationship to consumer confidence, the arguable engine of our economy?
Monday, August 08, 2011
U.S. stock markets fell quickly Monday morning after Standard and Poor's cut the nation's credit rating. After opening Monday, the Dow Jones was down nearly 350 points — or more than 3 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were down by nearly 4 percent. With big drops like this, how much does the Dow need to fall before trading is stopped?
Monday, August 08, 2011
Credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating for the first time in history on Friday, causing jaws to drop across the country, and raising the blood-pressures of leaders worldwide as many held emergency meetings to fend off any backlash this news might create. President Obama will be preparing this week for his upcoming bus tour to reconnect with voters in the Midwest. Meanwhile, News Corp. will release their fourth quarter results on Wednesday, the PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday, and Dennis Rodman will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.
Friday, August 05, 2011
There was a glimmer of good news Friday morning in the U.S jobs report, which beat many forecasters’ estimates. Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama said “We are going to get through this. Things will get better and we are going to get there together.”
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Thursday was a bad day for the markets as the Dow fell 513 points, or more than 4 percent. Why? Continued worries about Europe, Italy and Spain in particular, plus some sell-off that could be attributed to the monthly jobs report due out Friday.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Despite Congress finally passing a debt deal and President Obama signing off on the plan yesterday, the national mood was not celebratory. It's been a bad week for the economy, and it appears that it will only get worse. Last Friday, G.D.P. data showed disappointing economic activity in the nation's second quarter, and this week the Commerce Department released a report showing consumer spending fell in June. New employment figures, the economic indicator used to gauge growth, will be released Friday, and many are expecting them to be dismal.
Monday, August 01, 2011
The August 2 deadline for Congress to agree on a budget deal and avoid defaulting is looming uncomfortably close. Last night, President Obama and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said tonight that congressional leaders of both parties have agreed on a plan to lift the debt ceiling. They will present the plan to their caucuses this morning, and hope for the measure to pass through votes by both the House and Senate, in order to avoid a U.S. default by August 2.
Friday, July 29, 2011
As Congress continues the debate raising the nation's debt ceiling, executives at the nation's largest banks are meeting with Treasury officials at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The methodical killing of over 90 people by a gunman in Norway over the weekend has gripped the world with horror. The accused, Anders Behring Breivik, is currently in police custody, and has said he acted alone. Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of The International Herald Tribune, the international edition of The New York Times, believes this tragic event has made Europe aware of a different kind of threat that they never knew was out there - extremist right-wing groups.
This Week's Agenda: Dodd-Frank Anniversary, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Launches, and Gay Marriage in New York
Monday, July 18, 2011
This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill into law. A key component of that bill was the establishment of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which will open its doors on Thursday. Yesterday, Obama announced Elizabeth Warren — the progressive icon who was charged with setting up the CFPB — will not be heading the new agency. In other news, the first legal same-sex marriages will take place in New York next weekend, and the nation's biggest banks will release their latest quarterly earnings statements.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into allegations that News Corp.'s U.K.-based tabloid News of the World tried to hack into the phones of victims of September 11, 2001, a law enforcement official confirms the investigation to WNYC.
Monday, July 11, 2011
A group of News Corp shareholders is suing the company over the phone-hacking scandal that led to the company shutting down its British news paper, News of the World.