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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

The passage of the House climate bill — discussed in our first hour today — has been greeted with enthusiasm in many quarters. But in some ways, the real question is whether a global framework can be established in Copenhagen in December.

 
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Credit card reform is hot on Capitol Hill. Consumers stand to get protections. But banks say it’s the wrong reform, at the wrong time. We’ll hear the debate.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | 10:00 AM

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on whether the stimulus package should be just one giant jolt — or aim to reshape the economy.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | 10:00 AM

In the New Deal era, the Democrats owned the white working class. In the Civil Rights era, they lost them. Not all, of course, but enough to give Republicans win after big win. This year, with economic challenges front and center again, the math could change. But in West Virginia and North Carolina, in Kentucky […]

 
Monday, May 19, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Nan Mooney is thirtysomething, well-educated, the child of baby boomers who herself grew up with all the accoutrements of what was very recently thought to be a regular middle-class American life. Nothing fancy, but the full basics: a nice little home with steady income, housing, health insurance, and a summer vacation somewhere. Now, Nan Mooney […]

 
Thursday, May 1, 2008 | 10:00 AM

Hillary Clinton and John McCain say they want to drop federal gas taxes for the summer. Barack Obama says no. If you’re strapped for cash and struggling with higher food and energy prices, it can sound like a good idea. But step back just half an inch from presidential campaign follies, and the idea can […]

 
Monday, April 28, 2008 | 10:00 AM

We’ve heard it again and again, but seldom laid out with the clarity Steven Greenhouse brings. The American worker is getting crunched. Corporate profits are up. Productivity is up. CEO pay is way up. But the American worker is getting squeezed. Greenhouse is labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times. He’s brought home […]

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 | 11:00 AM

For a long time, American well-being has been measured by GDP. By personal income. By cold, hard numbers. Not anymore. Now, a field of economic study — the measurement of happiness — is coming of age. It’s providing new insights into who we are, and the roots of what really makes us happy. Money, politics, […]

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Monday, March 17, 2008 | 10:00 AM

The language out of Wall Street today is enough to scare you silly. Crisis. Fire sale. Brink of collapse. Titanic mess. Late last night the news spread that JPMorgan Chase and the Fed have engineered a takeover of floundering Wall Street bad boy Bear Stearns. A year ago, when the bonuses and bull were flying […]

 
Monday, March 10, 2008 | 11:00 AM

A big sister’s nailpolish and eyeshadow. Mom’s high heels. Rites of passage–and good fun–for many young girls. But these days, girls are digging deep into their piggybanks and hitting the malls. Glitter products, pedicures, mini-makeovers. These tweens, as they’re called, are now spending $51 billion of their own pocket money. And marketers, sponsoring birthday parties […]

 
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Sep 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Sep 2, 2014
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Sep 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

 
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

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