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Moody’s: You know what? Just scrap the debt limit altogether

The novel proposal suggests that rating agencies would rather the government meet its obligations to creditors than grapple over how much spending to slash.


‘Speakeasy’ does it

Jessa Crispin celebrates the cocktail revival by spending an evening behind the bar.


The wars of austerity

Robert Skidelsky, the premier Keynesian historian, explains why he is less hopeful about a rapid recovery from the global recession.


The new poor: Baby boomers in the jobless crisis

A wife and husband in Portland, Ore., who have lost their business are forced to sell off their possessions just to avoid losing their home.


Hardly working: Steve Brodner on the jobs crisis

As part of Need to Know’s hour-long focus on jobs, editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why some corporations are raking in big profits, even as the unemployment crisis grips the country and puts people out of work.


Generation jobless: ‘Millennials’ struggle with unemployment

As part of an hour-long focus on unemployment, Need to Know looks at two younger people, “millennials” as they’re called, who are struggling to find jobs and start their careers.


  The young and the jobless

Don Peck talks to Need to Know about the long-term effects of unemployment among America’s millennials.


Profiles from the recession: Riding the bus in Natchez, Miss.

A new and improved public transit system –funded with stimulus dollars — helps the poor get to work in rural Mississippi.


Elizabeth Warren tapped to set up new consumer agency

The Harvard lawyer and consumer advocate will help set up a new oversight bureau with vast regulatory powers.

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