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Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National...01/27/15
Renee Montagne talks to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski about White House plans to designate 12 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.
Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office
Greece's radical left Syriza party is the first anti-austerity party to win elections in Europe, throwing into doubt whether the troubled country stays the course on an international austerity plan.
Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business
The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.
Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients
NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.
Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law
With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.
Analysts Watch For Impacts Of European Economic Weakness On U.S.
German automakers have several plants in the South, and Florida counts on European tourists. Analysts hope efforts to stimulate Europe's economy will keep investments in the U.S. from slipping.
U.S. District Judge To Calculate BP's Fine For Gulf Oil Spill
Oil giant BP is back in court this week for the third and final phase of a civil trial over the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history. BP faces up to $18 billion in fines for the spill.
How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade
Year after year, little by little, cars are guiding drivers, protecting them from their incompetence and distractions, squeezing out more fuel economy and making everyone on the roads safer.
Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire
Employers are trying to hang onto older talent by offering flexible work hours, more attractive health care benefits or having retirees return to mentor younger workers.
In Brazil, A Once-High-Flying Economy Takes A Tumble
A few years ago, amid a global recession, Brazil was the darling of the financial markets. But last year, the country barely avoided recession. Prices are soaring, and investors are looking elsewhere.
Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage
For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest financial transaction of their lives, but a new federal report says half of buyers don't shop around for a better interest rate on their mortgage.
Supreme Court Sees The Signs — But Can They Stay?
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that looks at how municipal governments may regulate where and when signs are posted.
Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College
President Obama is on the road as part of his effort to jump-start his 2015 agenda. Friday he's in Tennessee, talking about higher education.
Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare
The House passed a bill Thursday that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week.
Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Anger Over Austerity Measures
We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety centers on Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.
Euro's Drop Raises Questions About Its Long-Term Prospects
The Euro fell to a nine-year low against the dollar on Monday as investors worried about Europe's economic doldrums. Linda Wertheimer talks to Callum Williams of The Economist.
How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor
Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.
Why Buy When You Can Borrow? App Connects People And Stuff
Millions of people use apps to share their homes and their cars. Now Peerby, an app developed in the Netherlands, helps people to share things like power drills and bicycle pumps with people nearby.
Why Cutting A CEO's Pay Can Be Very Difficult
Lots of people talk about CEO pay. But you almost never hear about someone actually trying to cut the pay of a sitting CEO. Our Planet Money team has the story of someone who did.
Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis
The Russian economy took a big hit in 2014. The U.S. and other countries imposed economic sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea, but it was falling oil prices that really hurt the country.
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