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Obama Year-End Wrap Up, Sanders Campaign Sues DNC, Congress Passes Spending Deal and Fed Raises Rates

December 18, 2015
Obama's 2016 agenda, Sanders staffer accesses Clinton records and a bipartisan vote in Congress
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What the Fed’s interest rate hike means for your wallet

December 16, 2015
The Federal Reserve is doing something it hasn't done since 2006: raising interest rates. The long-awaited announcement by Fed chair Janet Yellen hikes a key short-term rate from near zero. For a closer look at how the Fed made its decision, Gwen Ifill talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution and Tara Siegel Bernard of The New York Times.
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This might be the most controversial theory for what’s behind the rise of ISIS

November 30, 2015
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
A year after his 700-page opus "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" stormed to the top of America's best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book...
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What’s the economic sweet spot for adjusting the federal minimum wage?

November 10, 2015
Thousands of workers walked off the job in as many as 270 cities in a push to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25. Gwen Ifill speaks to Alan Krueger of Princeton University, who believes that wages should be raised, but not so fast and not so high.
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How pot and hippie beer explain the future of the American economy

November 9, 2015
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
At first, Jon Turner was just a software guy who really liked to brew beer. He cooked up two batches a week in his kitchen and kept his hard-drinking friends well supplied. He once brewed one pale ale over and over for a year to get it just right. In 2011, at a national conference of home brewers, he fell under the spell of a panel called “Going Pro.”
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If Jobs Report Heralds a Solid Upturn, Democrats’ Fortunes May Also Rise

November 7, 2015
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Friday’s surprisingly robust jobs report cheered Democrats hoping to retain the White House and capture the Senate next year, but it heralded a new atmosphere of uncertainty by flashing a green light to the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which could undermine economic growth.
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Wall Street Reaction to Jobs Report, UN Climate Talks and Ballot Initiatives Across the Country

November 6, 2015
Wall Street prepares for possible rate hikes, Obama's COP21 conference in December, Bernie Sanders draws distinctions with Hillary Clinton, and liberals suffer losses on ballot initiatives like marijuana legalization and anti-discrimination

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline, October Job Growth & Election 2016

November 6, 2015
Seven-year debate ends in pipeline rejection, 271,000 jobs added in October, and 2016 election updates.
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