• November 22, 2011  

    In other news Tuesday, Turkey put new pressure on Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step down. In a speech, Prime Minister Erdogan called for Assad to resign for the first time. Also, Taliban leaders in Pakistan have declared a nationwide ceasefire to open peace talks with the country’s government. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2011  

    President Obama declared that the “tide of war is receding” at a ceremony honoring the nation’s veterans on Friday, as the military prepares to leave Iraq and begin winding down combat operations in Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2011  

    More than 12 percent of the roughly 2 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were jobless last month, compared to 9 percent of the total population. As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman looks at the problems many service members face in finding a job back home. Continue reading

  • November 7, 2011  

    The Census Bureau released a new unofficial count of poverty in America on Monday, showing about 16 percent of the population live at or below the poverty line. Ray Suarez discusses the new numbers with The Brookings Institution’s Ron Haskins and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Heidi Harrmann. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2011  

    The U.S. jobs report for October brought news of slow improvement for the American economy, but also continued worries that the stubbornly high unemployment rate isn’t changing fast enough. Jeffrey Brown discusses the report with Catherine Rampell of The New York Times and Ingrid Schroeder of the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative. Continue reading

  • November 4, 2011  

    Several states are testing creative ways to tackle the jobless problem. This excerpt is part of a series called “Help Wanted” produced by PBS’ “Need To Know.” Continue reading

  • November 3, 2011  

    New Census data out Thursday show that one in 15 Americans now lives in extreme poverty and earns less than half of the official poverty line. Jeffrey Brown discusses the spread of poverty and the implications for families and communities with Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution. Continue reading

  • October 26, 2011  

    A new Congressional Budget Office analysis supports the idea that income inequality has grown considerably over the past few decades. As part of his Making Sen$e series on economic inequality, Paul Solman talks to libertarian law professor Richard Epstein, who argues that wealth inequality acts as a driving force for innovation. Continue reading

  • October 24, 2011  

    With millions of Americans “underwater” on their mortgages and millions of homes facing foreclosure, President Obama unveiled a revamped home-loan refinancing program Monday during a stop in Nevada, which has the country’s highest foreclosure rate. Judy Woodruff and guests examine the politics and substance of the plan. Continue reading

  • October 12, 2011   BY  

    Georgia Works is a program touted for helping unemployed residents get back to work by pairing job seekers with employers who are willing to promise on-the-job training. The program has support from both Republicans and Democrats.So what is Georgia Works, and how does it compare to the President’s plan? Here’s a snapshot. Continue reading