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Fishermen and farmers fight over water in California

5/21/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now to our continuing coverage of the drought in California. Farmers are preparing for state-ordered cuts in water use to take effect this week. They are expected to affect agriculture and people in the watershed of the San Joaquin River, which runs from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to San Francisco Bay. It’s a primary source for farms and communities. There are already battles over who’s using too much water. Economics correspondent Paul...

Duration:00:07:48

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

Swings in currency market, stock prices cap Wall Street’s chaotic week

3/21/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: It was a topsy-turvy week in the markets, with huge swings in the currency markets and, by week’s end, another sharp rise in stock prices. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday just below their all-time highs. For some insights into the forces at work, we are joined by Michael Regan of Bloomberg News. So, first of all, the comments that were made by the fed, everybody kind of thinks about interest rates, but...

Duration:00:03:29

What will Wal-Mart’s wage hike mean for workers and the economy?

2/22/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Wal-Mart made news this week by announcing that it is raising the wages for its employees above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. Starting pay at the company, the world’s largest private employer, is going up to $9 an hour, and $10 an hour by next February. To discuss the broader implications, we are joined now by Shelly Banjo. She has reported the story for Quartz, a business site published by the Atlantic Media Company. So, how...

Duration:00:03:23

Is the economic impact of the labor disputes at West Coast ports just hype?

2/15/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioALISON STEWART: In Canada today, 3,000 members of the Teamsters went on strike. They are in a dispute with the Canadian Pacific Railway over wages and benefits. Analysts say a prolonged strike would affect the flow of oil, lumber, auto parts and other products into the United States. Another labor dispute between ship owners and longshoremen has been going on for months now on the West Coast of this country. And, this weekend, the president dispatched Labor...

Duration:00:03:37

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

Will S&P’s penalty for too-rosy mortgage securities ratings send a message?

2/3/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSJustice Department Charges Standard & Poor’s Defrauded Investors A Mortgage-Backed Security Map: The Fantastic Fate of One Man’s Loan In Bank of America settlement, who’s feeling the pain? JUDY WOODRUFF: More than six years after the financial crisis hit the economy with full force, the government has finally closed one of its major cases against a key player. The Justice Department’s settlement with Standard & Poor’s centered on credit ratings...

Duration:00:07:10

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

Almost every country in the world offers more generous maternity leave than

1/22/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSTwitter Chat: Why does the U.S. lag behind in its family leave laws? Why half of U.S. adults no longer believe in the American dream How Paid Parental Leave Helps You, Your Newborn and the Job Market PAUL SOLMAN: Teacher Michelle Alcoser was back in the classroom only five-and-a-half weeks after having son Sebastian. That’s all the time she could afford. MICHELLE ALCOSER: When I first came back, he was still only sleeping about 90 minutes at a...

Duration:00:08:30

Obama offers plan to raise taxes on ultra-rich, put more money in middle cl

1/19/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioRELATED LINKSInside Obama’s middle class tax plan Obama to pitch tax plan to aid middle class in SOTU address Who benefits from state corporate tax cuts? JUDY WOODRUFF: The president’s new tax proposal that emerged over the weekend is adding fresh fuel to the ongoing debate over economic mobility and inequality in this country. It’s a plan with many different components, but at the heart of it, the president is calling for a hike in taxes on wealthier...

Duration:00:05:43

Inside Obama’s middle class tax plan

1/18/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioHARI SREENIVASAN: Good everything. Thanks for joining us. President Obama reportedly will unveil a plan to offer tax relief for the middle class during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. The plan would be paid for by increasing taxes the rich pay on investments and inherited property. For more about the president’s proposal, its chances of success, and its political impact, we’re joined now from Washington by Carol Lee. She is White House...

Duration:00:03:43

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

Will falling euro end up boosting Europe’s economy? – Part 2

1/5/2015
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Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJEFFREY BROWN:And we explore this more now with economist Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University. And, Ken Rogoff, let me start where our piece just ended. How bad is the overall economic situation in Europe and what is the European Central Bank going to do about it? KENNETH ROGOFF, Harvard University: Well, growth is zero, inflation is zero, and the economy doesn’t look bright from...

Duration:00:06:27

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 since...

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 research...

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