Economy

 
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The Romney tax loophole

A loophole in the tax laws allows private-equity managers like Mitt Romney to treat their compensation as capital gains. It’s legal but it’s a scandal, writes Robert Reich.

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How a little bit of good economic news can be bad for the president

Friday’s good news is likely to raise the hopes of the great army of the discouraged – many of whom will now start looking for work. But If they don’t find a job, they’ll be counted as unemployed, which means the unemployment rate will very likely edge upward in coming months, writes Robert Reich.

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  Need to Know, January 6, 2012: Help wanted: New Hampshire

How is Main Street doing? On the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary, Need to Know visits Nashua and travels up and down that city’s Main Street to find out.

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  The view from Main Street

Need to Know traveled to New Hampshire, which boasts better economic numbers than most places in the U.S. But there’s also a more troubling story: how the downturn has wounded the middle class in a way that feels more permanent than temporary.

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  Playing the field: Ethanol in Iowa

Need to Know correspondent Win Rosenfeld discovers how the presidential candidates are no longer committing to ethanol subsidies — a once-unthinkable position for a candidate seeking votes in Iowa.

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  Steven Malanga on how cities can get by

Anchor Maria Hinojosa interviews Steven Malanga of the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute about how to restore the health of the nation’s cities.

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An offer to the president

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich proposes a quid pro quo to President Obama: Commit to doing what needs to be done in your second term, and your supporters will work tirelessly to get you reelected.

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The most important economic speech of Obama’s presidency

For Robert Reich, the president’s Kansas speech was the most important of his presidency in terms of connecting the dots, laying out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and asserting a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.

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  Help Wanted: Revisiting the uncounted millions

Need to Know revisits four middle-class workers in Ohio to examine the financial dilemmas and uncertainty faced by employed American workers in today’s economy.