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Sen. Warren: If Obama is confident about trade deal, he should make details

5/13/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSTrade bill is one of the most important in U.S. history, says Sen. Hatch What’s in the Trans-Pacific Partnership for U.S. and Japan? Why unions aren’t happy about a fast-track trade deal JUDY WOODRUFF: And let’s hear now from one of the more vocal opponents in this fight, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. She is a Democrat who has clashed over this issue with the president. And she is one of the leading voices of the left. Senator...

Duration:00:06:28

Will new manufacturing ease Mississippi’s ‘psychosis of poverty?’

2/6/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJOHN LARSON: Just a look at Main Street in Columbus, Mississippi and you can sense why Travel and Leisure voted it one of “America’s Great Main Streets”. But it hasn’t always been this way. As these images taken over the years by Columbus’s own renowned photographer Birney Imes suggest, Mississippi has endured challenges throughout its history. Unemployment, still 15 percent in some parts, including some of the poorest people in the poorest state in the...

Duration:00:09:24

Bookies bank on sports fans who bet with their hearts

1/29/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the Audio GWEN IFILL: With only days left until the Super Bowl, we turn now to reporter Paul Solman, who visited Las Vegas recently to take a look at the multibillion-dollar world of sports betting. It’s part of our ongoing reporting Making Sense, which you can find every Thursday on the NewsHour. PAUL SOLMAN: An afternoon in Paris, a lovely, traditional setting for a cafe break, says Teddy Covers, if just a bit faux. TEDDY “COVERS” SEVRANSKY, Professional Bettor:...

Duration:00:09:02

As oil prices drop, North Dakota’s booming industry braces for a winter coo

1/27/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSHow an EPA plan to cut carbon emissions is playing out in coal-rich Wyoming How will plunging oil prices affect the economy? President calls climate change the ‘greatest threat to future generations’ in State of the Union JUDY WOODRUFF: And the push for more oil and gas, as we know, comes in the wake of a record boom in domestic production, and after an unexpectedly steep plunge in the price of crude oil in recent months. One of the states...

Duration:00:07:32

American rapper taps into the flow of China’s economy

1/15/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSHow will China feed its growing middle class? Alibaba’s stunning American IPO signals confidence in Chinese economy Author Evan Osnos explores rapid changes underway in China in ‘Age of Ambition’ JUDY WOODRUFF: The latest trade reports this week showed once again the extent to which China is a powerhouse in the world of international commerce. Its exports came in above projections, even as the global economy is showing new signs of slowing. But...

Duration:00:06:43

Does a stronger economy mean higher interest rates in 2015?

1/9/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSJobs report may not reassure Americans with part-time work Can the U.S. economy continue its surprising momentum into the new year? Revved up employment growth offers ‘meat-on-the-bones’ jobs, but mostly more minimum wage JUDY WOODRUFF: The latest jobs report, as you heard, shows the economy seems to keep building better momentum than expected. Still, more jobs is not the same thing as rising wages. And that continuing problem inthe labor...

Duration:00:06:16

Eyes on Greek instability as euro plunges to nine-year low – Part 1

1/5/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhy was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals? Facing snap elections, uncertainty grows in Greece What’s behind the stock market’s sudden turmoil? GWEN IFILL: The value of the euro plunged to a nine-year low against the dollar today, renewing fears in some quarters that the economic stability of Europe could be at risk. Jeffrey Brown has our look at that. JEFFREY BROWN: One reason for the euro’s recent fall, all eyes are once again on economic...

Duration:00:01:55

Did plunging gas prices boost holiday spending?

12/28/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Ever since oil prices started plunging, we’ve heard experts predict that consumers would use the money they’re saving on gas to spend more on Christmas gifts. Did it turn out that way? For more about the Christmas shopping season, we are joined now via Skype from Albany, New York by Sara Germano of the Wall Street Journal. So considering we have a couple of days left in the calendar year, but really the retail season starts around...

Duration:00:04:03

Why was 2014 a year of mergers and mega deals?

12/26/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhat’s behind the stock market’s sudden turmoil? The two great fears driving the stock market Can the U.S. economy sustain its surprising momentum in the new year? JUDY WOODRUFF: With less than a week to go, the Dow Jones averages may be poised to finish the year at a record high. Other stock indexes are also back to high levels. But that’s not all. 2014 has turned out to be the biggest year for multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions...

Duration:00:06:10

Can the U.S. economy sustain its surprising momentum in the new year?

12/23/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhat might capitalism look like in 2015? More Americans optimistic about finding a job, most since Great Recession Revved up employment growth offers ‘meat-on-the-bone’ jobs, but mostly more minimum wage JUDY WOODRUFF: Let’s take a closer look now at what was behind today’s strong numbers on the economy and impressive recent growth. For that, we turn to Nariman Behravesh. He is the chief economist at IHS. It’s an economic forecasting and...

Duration:00:05:22

McDonald’s charged with abusing workers over wage protests

12/21/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Yesterday, we told you that the National Labor Relations Board filed formal complaints against McDonald’s and some of its franchisees. To unpack this story further, we’re joined now by Steven Greenhouse. Until this past week, he was a correspondent for The New York Times who covered labor issues, among other things. So, what does the NLRB allege that McDonald’s or its franchisees did? STEVEN GREENHOUSE: So, the Labor Board says that...

Duration:00:03:17

Is the 2015 spending bill a gift to big banks?

12/18/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKS House narrowly passes spending bill after chaos on Capitol hill Sen. Warren takes on Washington to give working class ‘A Fighting Chance’ What Wall Street’s wild swings say about the global economy HARI SREENIVASAN: Next, let’s turn to a story about Wall Street and banks that’s angered many. As one of its final acts last week, Congress passed a spending bill for 2015. Tucked into it was a provision to loosen banking regulations on hedges or...

Duration:00:08:24

This holiday season, behavioral economics could be a gift that keeps giving

12/18/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSWhere to give your money this holiday season, according to behavioral economics What if an implantable device could tell you what medicines you need? How mini sponges could save lives on the battlefield and beyond HARI SREENIVASAN: We’re getting to that time of the holiday season when people are scrambling a bit to lock down that special gift, often wondering what would make a good choice. But what if behavioral economics and behavioral science...

Duration:00:06:33

Is there a down side to the recent plunge in oil prices?

12/13/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: We’ve been following the dramatic drop in oil prices over the last few weeks, but those prices are just a snapshot of a much more dramatic downward trend. Over the last year, a barrel of oil went from $96.47 to $67.18. That’s a 30 percent plunge. Since Monday, the price per barrel of domestic sweet crude dropped from $63.13 to $54.25, a 14 percent slide. For consumers, this might seem like welcome news, but, for Wall Street, the numbers...

Duration:00:04:23

Is economic reality wiping out the American dream?

12/11/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSRevved up employment growth offers ‘meat-on-the-bone’ jobs, but mostly more minimum wage Cozy relationship between Fed and big banks draws scrutiny How will plunging oil prices affect the economy? JUDY WOODRUFF: By many measures, the U.S. economy seems to have picked up steam this year. And the most recent jobs report saw the best results since January 2012. But many Americans say they are still doubtful about economic opportunity and the...

Duration:00:06:06

A distant dream? Crowdfunding still beyond reach for many entrepreneurs

12/6/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioEditor’s note: This video is an update to a story that originally aired on October 27, 2013. KARLA MURTHY: Artur Makylyervsky runs a startup company that allows users to customize original artwork online to make prints, t-shirts or mobile cases. ARTUR MAKLYERVSKY: Takes two clicks to just essentially change a product… KARLA MURTHY:It’s an idea that he thinks could take off, so he’s working on building his business and hopes to be able to sell his idea to big...

Duration:00:08:20

Revved up employment growth offers ‘meat-on-the-bone’ jobs, but mostly more

12/5/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSBroad-based jobs growth signals stronger U.S. economy, but wages still lag U.S. unemployment decrease reflects more workforce dropouts A two-tiered jobs report for a two-tiered economy JUDY WOODRUFF: Let’s take a deeper dive into today’s surprising good labor news. Jobs growth revved up last month with more than 300,000 added. At this pace, the economy is on track to produce the largest number of jobs in 15 years. One development that also caught...

Duration:00:05:10

Cozy relationship between Fed and big banks draws scrutiny

12/2/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSShould bankers take a Hippocratic oath? Taking selfies and talking inequality, has Janet Yellen gone too far? How does Goldman Sachs make its profits? GWEN IFILL: Finally: new questions about how the Federal Reserve supervises big banks. ProPublica and public radio’s “This American Life” have produced reports focusing on the role of a former supervisor from the New York Fed, Carmen Segarra, who was monitoring Goldman Sachs. Segarra was placed...

Duration:00:05:47

Spending behaviors shift over holiday shopping weekend

11/30/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: Experts expect tomorrow’s so-called Cyber Monday sales to see an uptick over last year, but will it be enough for businesses to consider the extended shopping weekend a success? For some insight, we’re joined now by Shelly Banjo of The Wall Street Journal. And, Shelly, let’s just talk about the numbers, the sheer numbers. ALISON STEWART: What kind of spending went on? And when did it happen, given so many stores opened on Thursday? SHELLY...

Duration:00:03:41

Will new student loan options make a dent in debt?

11/30/2014
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS ANCHOR: Student debt is something millions of Americans live with for years — even decades after they graduate college. Now, two of the nation’s largest private student lenders are rolling out options that will allow borrowers to modify the terms on their loans. For more about the significance of this, we’re joined now by Marian Wang, a reporter with ProPublica and by AnnaMaria Andriotis. She is with the Wall Street Journal. So...

Duration:00:08:49