With the economy a top campaign issue, presidential hopefuls Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama are working to shape their stances on international trade and free-trade policies. Analysts discuss the candidates’ statements and the impact of trade policy shifts. Continue reading
Voters in Pennsylvania took to the polls Tuesday to have their say in the tight Democratic primary contest. In a new Big Picture report, a panel of Pittsburgh voters discusses how their real-life concerns are impacting their vote choices. Continue reading
The economy continued its slump in March, sloughing off 80,000 jobs. An economic consultant assesses the latest set of job numbers and what it indicates about the health of the U.S. economy. Continue reading
In a county west of Cleveland, the mayors of two remarkably similar Ohio cities have endorsed different Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s presidential primary — highlighting just how tough the choice is for many voters in the state. Continue reading
- Harley Davidson was a success story in your “Rust Belt” series, but I understand that their workers were recently given unpaid leave. How do you reconcile this?
Question/Comment: You used Harley Davidson as a success story in your “Rust Belt” series, but I understand that their workers were recently given unpaid leave. How do you reconcile this? Paul Solman: Because the workers still have good-paying jobs. Unpaid … Continue reading
- You seemed disbelieving (in your report on American Manufacturing, which aired on Nov. 29) that a merchant vessel could sink, or that it happens very often.
Question/Comment: You seemed disbelieving (in your report on American Manufacturing, which aired on Nov. 29) that a merchant vessel could sink, or that it happens very often. Check out this as one source for information on world marine casualties. Actually, … Continue reading
The American Midwest, traditionally a base for manufacturing, has been hit hard by globalization in recent years. Economic correspondent Paul Solman reports on efforts aimed at strengthening the region’s competitive edge. Continue reading
As the U.S. trade deficit hits a record $800 billion a year and manufacturing jobs continue to flow overseas, AFL-CIO policy director Thea Lee discusses free trade’s impact on U.S. jobs. Continue reading