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Should the US Government Let the Housing Market Collapse?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Housing prices have dropped an average of 26 percent since last July, and many economists and realty analysts are recommending that the federal governement do... nothing.

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Obama Tries to Jump-Start Economy: Too Little, Too Late?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Standing before a crowd of union members and leaders at the Milwaukee Laborfest yesterday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a $50 billion public works plan that would rebuild and modernize the country's transportation systems; it's a move designed to create jobs and help jump-start the economy.

The president's critics, particularly Republicans, are calling his actions too little, too late.

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The Last Great American Highway

Monday, September 06, 2010

The history of economic development in the United States has always been connected to the messy business of opening up trade routes. Whether it was the Erie Canal, which for many threatened to cut through their quaint home towns, or the thousands of miles of railroad track and highways strewn across the country, the same has been true: new transportation routes brought development, shipping and a lot of change.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama and the Economy, BP, and the Quran

Monday, September 06, 2010

President Obama is embarking on a week of focusing on the economy. He will visit Milwaukee to address Wisconsin's union workers; Cleveland, where he's expected to give details on his ideas to improve the economy and spark job growth; and back to Washington D.C. for a White House news conference on Friday.

Dan Gross, senior editor and finance expert at Newsweek, says tax breaks to encourage companies to hire will be the main item on Obama's agenda.

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Investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Friday, September 03, 2010

In a serious investigation into controversial sheriff, Joe Apraio, the U.S. justice department is trying to decide if he violated Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids discrimination related to any program that receives federal funds. If this is not resolved, federal funding to the sheriff's department in Phoenix could be pulled. Arpaio is resisting the justice department and refusing to cooperate in their investigation. Phoenix bureau chief for The New York Times, Marc Lacey reports on the showdown and public perception of the Maricopa County sheriff.

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Kids and Antipsychotic Drugs: Are We Over-Prescribing?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

As parents struggle with their children's behavior, more and more doctors are turning to antipsychotic drugs. According to a Columbia University study, the numer of two-five year-olds prescribed antipsychotic drugs doubled between 200 and 2007, with only 40 percent of those children had received a proper mental health assessment. Do our little ones need this much medication?

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CEOs Get Rich With Layoffs; Those Laid Off Get New, Worse Jobs

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." —Winston Churchill

We talked yesterday about how the income gap may have caused, at least in part, the financial collapse. Today we get two new studies that shed even more light on the cataclysmic forces currently moving our nation. Here's the first headline: The Institute of Policy Studies says that executives at the 50 firms with the most layoffs during the economic crisis took home nearly $4 Million more than a typical CEO. The worst offenders include the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Hewlett-Packard. And here's the second: The National Employment Law Project says the jobs that were lost in 2008-2009 were in higher wage industries, but job growth in 2010 has been disproportionately by industries with lower wages.

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The President's Speech and America's Future Role in the Middle East

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

President Obama declared the end of combat operations in Iraq last night. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, analyzes President Obama's address from the Oval Office last night, and explains what it reveals about the future of the U.S. in the Middle East. Sanger says that Obama's speech was interesting for its message that the commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan are not open-ended, and that there are bigger priorities at home, including the economy and job creation.

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Top of the Hour: Obama's Oval Office Speech on Iraq; Morning Headlines

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Last night, President Obama gave a speech from the Oval Office to commemorate the end of the combat missioin in Iraq. That and this morning's top headlines.

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A New, Modest Bank Offers An Industry Bright Spot

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I just spoke with a hopeful banker on the show and it really brightened my day. Hartie Spence is the President and CEO of Lakeside Bank in Louisiana. That may sound a little more impressive than the reality of Mr. Spence’s new gig, but then most banks have tortured metaphorical names like “First Federal Mutual Providential Acceptance Savings Bank and Trust Company,” designed to reassure people about the safety of their money.

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Alleged Drug Kingpin La Barbie Caught in Mexico City

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A middle-class ex-high school football star named Edgar Valdez Villarreal has long been in the sights of authorities, who allege Villarreal is one of the most successful drug traffickers in Mexico. On Monday, federal police caught Villarreal, a.k.a. "La Barbie," after an intense manhunt that lasted a year and saw the cooperation of Mexican and U.S. authorities.

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Top of the Hour: America on Government Benefits; Morning Headlines

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A new survey from USA Today brings Americans' dependence on government assistance into the light; that and this morning's top headlines.

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What Was The "Restoring Honor" Rally All About?; Concussions in Children and Adolescents; More on Income Inequality; Eliza Griswold on "The Tenth Parallel"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Examining Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., and what it means for American politics; exploring the relationship between New York City's Muslim community and the NYPD since 9/11; a look ahead to what'll be making the news this week; the danger of concussions in children and adolescents; a continuing look into the possible link between income inequality and financial crises; examining whether the Tea Party is taking a religious turn; more on the Chilean miners, and being trapped with your co-workers; Mexico to begin discussing the legalization of Marijuana in the wake of ongoing drug-related violence; journalist Eliza Griswold talks about her new book "The Tenth Parallel."

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Top of the Hour: New Voodoo Economics of Inequality? Morning Headlines

Monday, August 30, 2010

With the growing gap between rich and poor, are we seeing a new emerging trickle-down economics, or as some called it in the 1980s voodoo economics? That and this morning's top headlines. 

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Is Our Democracy About Anger?

Monday, August 30, 2010

The "Restoring Honor" rally held by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on the National Mall this weekend had our hosts remembering other moments when frustration towards the government led people to make a very public and angry outcry. We take a listen to some of these moments, from Charles Lindbergh rallying to keep America out of World War II, to Rev. Louis Farrakhan at the Million Man March in 1995.

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What Was Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' Rally Really About?

Monday, August 30, 2010

At Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend, Beck, Sarah Palin and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Alveda King, invoked King's speech and memory, while calling on God and American values to lead the way in their movement. While they were gathering in the National Mall on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network was holding a separate rally in the city to commemorate King's "I have a dream speech", held on the same day, 47 years ago. The NAN and the NAACP say Beck and like-minded conservative groups have co-opted the civil rights movement and King's memory.

What would Martin Luther King have thought about Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally this weekend? And is this the beginning of a new religious movement?

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New Disappointing GDP Numbers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Revised GDP numbers for the second quarter — a key indicator of financial health for the country — have just come out, and they are disappointing for those who hoped the U.S. was improving economically. Growth was cut sharply to 1.6 percent in the second quarter, and though the drop isn't as bad as some economists feared, many are wondering if a double-dip recession is becoming a reality. What do the new numbers mean, and what can we do to improve our situation?

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Top of the Hour: Anticipating the Double-Dip; Morning Headlines

Friday, August 27, 2010

Needless to say, the economic news around the country is mixed at best. But are we on a slow recovery, or just about to hit the second half of a double dip recession? That and this morning's top headlines.

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In Pakistan, Specter of Militant Attack on Aid Workers

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pakistan's Taliban hinted on Thursday that they may attack humanitarian workers who are helping to provide relief to more than eight million people affected by catastrophic flooding. "No relief is reaching the affected people, and when the victims are not receiving help, then this horde of foreigners is not acceptable to us at all," a Taliban spokesman told the Associated Press. How do you bring aid to people in need when there are factions in the country threatening attack on those trying to help?

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Top of the Hour: Katrina Five Years Later; Morning Headlines

Friday, August 27, 2010

Five years later, as we remember the days running up to Hurricane Katrina, the remaining troubles of the disaster are far from gone. That, and this morning's top headlines.

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