Marilyn Geewax http://nhpr.org en How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? http://nhpr.org/post/how-many-companies-will-be-touched-courts-contraception-ruling When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations <a href="file:///C:/Users/aschneider/Documents/My%20Documents/326926331">don't have to pay for workers' contraception</a>, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.<p>Wrong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 51117 at http://nhpr.org How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? U.K. Loses Big Vote On The Future Of Europe — Now What? http://nhpr.org/post/uk-loses-big-vote-future-europe-now-what The European Union made history Friday by bringing three of Russia's neighbors — Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova — under its economic tent.<p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/27/326076494/ukraine-signs-trade-deal-with-eu-risking-russia-s-ire">eastward expansion</a> of trade agreements will push European influence deep into a region that Russia would like to dominate. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 50976 at http://nhpr.org U.K. Loses Big Vote On The Future Of Europe — Now What? Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness http://nhpr.org/post/regulators-and-airlines-fight-over-fares-fees-and-fairness This week, the Department of Transportation hit Southwest Airlines with a <a href="http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/dot-fines-southwest-violating-price-advertising-rule-assesses-additional-penalties">$200,000 fine</a> for touting a fare that did not exist. The carrier had said in a TV ad that customers in Atlanta could fly to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for just $59. But the bargain fare turned out to be too good to be true.<p>Southwest, which paid a fine for a similar problem last year, says the ad was a mistake. Sat, 31 May 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 49496 at http://nhpr.org Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout http://nhpr.org/post/its-geithner-vs-warren-battle-bailout The financial crisis of 2008 caused such an enormous upheaval that future historians will long be asking: Who caused it? Who fixed it? Could it have turned out better?<p>Recently, two key players looked back: Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote <em>S</em><em>tress Test, Reflections on Financial Crisis</em><em>,</em> and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote <em>A Fighting Chance</em><em>.</em><p>The two reached opposite conclusions. Geithner believes the bank bailout proved its worth. Sun, 25 May 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 49131 at http://nhpr.org It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says http://nhpr.org/post/economist-pikettys-work-doesnt-add-financial-times-says French economist Thomas Piketty became a publishing superstar this year by putting two and two together and concluding that the rich are getting richer.<p>His best-seller, <em>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</em>, uses mountains of data to calculate Western wealth over the past two centuries. Fri, 23 May 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 49090 at http://nhpr.org Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers http://nhpr.org/post/housing-perking-realtors-worry-about-young-buyers The U.S. Thu, 15 May 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 48576 at http://nhpr.org Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers Gasoline Prices Rise As U.S. Refineries Send More Fuel Overseas http://nhpr.org/post/gasoline-prices-rise-us-refineries-send-more-fuel-overseas The weather is warming and vacation season approaching.<p>And, just as predictably, the price of gasoline is rising. It does that every spring as refineries switch to more expensive summer blends.<p>But this year, the seasonal price bump is getting an extra bounce. Gasoline is costing consumers about 5 percent more than last year at this time, even though oil supplies are abundant. Why?<p>Experts say U.S. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:28:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 47412 at http://nhpr.org Gasoline Prices Rise As U.S. Refineries Send More Fuel Overseas Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea http://nhpr.org/post/frustrated-congress-imf-heads-leave-dc-budding-idea As far as looks go, Washington turned in a dazzling performance as host city for this past week's meetings at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.<p>Cherry blossoms peaked, tulips popped, and the air carried the sweet scent of hyacinths.<p>But politics-wise, Washington let down its global guests. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:20:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46678 at http://nhpr.org Frustrated With Congress, IMF Heads Leave D.C. With Budding Idea German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal http://nhpr.org/post/german-fears-about-us-spying-could-hurt-trade-deal Most Americans and Germans agree: More trade between the United States and the European Union would be a good idea.<p>But when you get down to details of a possible trade pact, suspicions pop up, <a href="http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/04/09/support-in-principle-for-u-s-eu-trade-pact/">according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center</a> in association with Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation.<p>"There is a lot of fear" now in Europe about how much Americans might pry into Europeans' lives if they could impose their more relaxed privacy standards on the EU, Aart De Geus, CEO of the Ber Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:38:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46567 at http://nhpr.org German Fears About U.S. Spying Could Hurt Trade Deal Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms http://nhpr.org/post/wonk-week-washington-when-briefings-are-better-blossoms Let the senior-citizen tourists stare at the fluffy pink cherry blossoms.<p>Let the Midwestern seventh-graders tilt their heads back and gaze gape-mouthed at the Washington Monument.<p>Sure, this is a lovely week for them to be in Washington, D.C. It's April. It's gorgeous.<p>But no one is happier to be here this week than the wonks. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:49:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46531 at http://nhpr.org Wonk Week In Washington: When Briefings Are Better Than Blossoms Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook http://nhpr.org/post/turmoil-ukraine-clouds-regions-economic-outlook When Americans envision the European economy, they may think of modern factories churning out sleek German cars and chocolatiers perfecting Belgian truffles.<p>That developed part of Europe is perking up. <a href="http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/survey/so/2014/RES040814A.htm">The International Monetary Fund said this week</a> that, coming out of a crushing recession, Eurozone growth should be around 1.2 percent - sluggish but steady this year.<p>Another part of the continent, however, is anything but steady these days. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46499 at http://nhpr.org 21st Century Energy Outlook: Quite Similar To The Last Two Centuries http://nhpr.org/post/21st-century-energy-outlook-quite-similar-last-two-centuries The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's <a href="http://www.energyxxi.org"><em>Institute for 21</em><em><sup>st</sup></em></a><em><a href="http://www.energyxxi.org"> Century Energy</a> </em>sponsored the event.<p>But the speaker, Anthony Alexander, the chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp., offered a vigorous defense of that 20th century invention — nuclear power. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46427 at http://nhpr.org Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring http://nhpr.org/post/expecting-spring-thaw-shops-and-restaurants-warm-hiring As winter loosens its grip, employers are taking on more help.<p>Hotels, bars and restaurants added 33,000 workers, while retailers tacked on 21,000 jobs in March, the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">Labor Department said Friday</a>. Economists say those increases suggest employers are growing more confident that Americans will be spending more this year.<p>"Consumers still have the wherewithal to make discretionary purchases and were just waiting for the snow to be plowed and the temperatures to rise to resume spending," IHS Global Insight chief U.S. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 46233 at http://nhpr.org Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring Women And Wealth: Local To Global Money Lessons http://nhpr.org/post/women-and-wealth-local-global-money-lessons When it comes to money, women rule. Literally.<p>Think about it: A woman holds the top job at the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Social Security Administration.<p>At the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde is the managing director.<p>These women run large, complex organizations that decide how money is invested, budgeted, saved and spent. They shape the rules that govern the global economy.<p>But over on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, men still do more risk-taking.<p>Why is that?<p>And while U.S. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 45774 at http://nhpr.org Women And Wealth: Local To Global Money Lessons After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend http://nhpr.org/post/after-winters-chill-economists-predict-warming-trend Somewhere under all of that melting snow, there's a warming economy.<p>"Adverse weather conditions" have hurt economic growth so far this year, but things are headed in the right direction now, according to a forecast released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics.<p>"Conditions in a variety of areas — including labor, consumer and housing markets — are expected to improve over the next two years, while inflation remains tame," Jack Kleinhenz, NABE president and chief economist for the National Retail Federation, said in a statement.<p>Each month, the association surveys pr Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 45495 at http://nhpr.org After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend