• July 17, 2012  

    Grim findings from a task force come amid further setbacks to the nation’s economic health. Jeffrey Brown discusses eroding revenues, state budget cuts and steep pension obligations with former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, the report’s co-chair, and Susan Urahn of the Pew Center on the States. Continue reading

  • June 19, 2012  

    As more and mores states struggle to keep their pension promises, a new Pew study released Tuesday painted a stark picture of just how big the budget hole has become in some states. Jeffrey Brown discusses the pension gap with the Pew Center’s Kil Huh and Northwestern University’s Joshua Rauh. Continue reading

  • May 11, 2012  

    After days of campaign rhetoric over same-sex marriage, President Obama and Mitt Romney shifted back to the economy Friday. In North Carolina, Romney took aim at President Obama’s “liberal policies” while the president alluded to Republican ideas having caused the financial crisis. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • April 27, 2012  

    Romania’s government fell in a no-confidence vote Friday while the Czech Republic’s government moved to the brink of collapse before surviving a no-confidence vote. The Dutch government collapsed Monday and Spain — Europe’s fourth-largest economy — fell back into recession. Ray Suarez reports on renewed worries across Europe. Continue reading

  • March 20, 2012  

    Since the recession hit, welfare applications have soared in Colorado. Some states have proposed tightening welfare eligibility, in part to deal with limited state budgets. One emerging trend across the country: requiring recipients to pass a drug test. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2012  

    Rae Armantrout’s poetry finds its place at the intersection of the public and the private. Armantrout won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award for her 2009 collection, “Versed.” Poems in her latest book, “Money Shot,” speak to the economic downturn. Continue reading

  • January 18, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, the stricken cruise ship off of Northern Italy shifted again, forcing rescue workers to halt operations again. Also, some websites went ahead with blackouts to protest anti-piracy bills in Congress. Continue reading

  • January 17, 2012  

    As members of the Occupy movement sought answers on Capital Hill Tuesday, reports also circulated that bonuses on Wall Street will be lower this year. Judy Woodruff discusses what the declining dollars mean with financial writer William Cohan and compensation consultant Brian Foley. Continue reading

  • January 13, 2012  

    Newly released transcripts from the Federal Reserve’s 2006 meetings reveal the extent of what Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues actually knew as the country was about to hit the cusp of the financial crisis. Ray Suarez discusses the board’s detailed conversations with The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum. Continue reading

  • December 29, 2011  

    From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year’s defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011’s economic impact with The Atlantic’s Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times’ Terry Savage. Continue reading