The president and House Republicans continued to snipe at each other Wednesday over the impending set of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner later spoke briefly by phone for the first time in a week, according to reports.
About 2 million Americans could lose unemployment checks if Congress doesn't extend emergency federal benefits by the end of the year. Host Michel Martin talks about new research challenging conventional wisdom about unemployment checks. Guests include James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation and Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project.
Clerical workers walked out a week ago, demanding guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced in the future. Longshoremen wouldn't cross the picket lines, bringing the nation's busiest ports to a standstill. But work should resume there today.
A tentative agreement has been reached to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex. Shippers were prevented from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country.
The social network is replacing Indian tech company Infosys. It used to be that companies had to be listed on the Nasdaq for two years before they could become part of the elite index. Facebook only had to wait three months, thanks to some rule changes.
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