Economy

 
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Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Need to Know asks the economist why the Millennium Development Goals have achieved so little traction in the U.S.

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One step forward: A jobs program provides hope for the unemployed

Need to Know travels to Mississippi to see whether an experimental jobs program there can deliver hope to the unemployed.

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As election season begins, spending on campaigns breaks records

Corporations and labor unions are spending record amounts on political campaigns, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling. Monica Youn of the Brennan Center explains the new rules and how they might affect the November elections.

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The true cost of the bank bailout

Thought the financial crisis only cost taxpayers $700 billion? Think again. New reports have shown that, at one point last year, the government had lent, spent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion to Wall Street.

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  The last days of Cool Britannia?

Will steep cuts to arts funding leave British culture reeling — or help usher in a new age of creativity?

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The ground war between FedEx and UPS

A brief provision in an airline safety bill has prompted a heated, and confusing, public spat between shipping giants UPS and FedEx.

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U.S. lags behind its rivals in college degrees, especially in the south

President Obama warned that the U.S. economy may suffer from low rates of college graduation. The problem is especially stark in the south, where few adults aged 25 to 34 obtain degrees.

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  Living large: A look inside the tiny house movement

Need to Know visited one of the leaders of the “tiny house” movement, Dee Williams, who lives in a simple but stylish 84 square-foot home in Olympia, Washington.

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‘Disappearmarks,’ or what ever happened to that $6 billion for transportation?

Remember your old friend, The Bill? That lovable “Schoolhouse Rock” character? Well … He’s gone missing. And the ransom: $6.5 billion. Or he gets it. Maybe that’s a little extreme. But, the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit government watchdog, reported this week that there was “$6.5 billion worth of unspent earmarks from the most recent transportation [...]