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A Guide To The U.S. Budget Battles

The annual budget fight has become especially muddled this year. That's because Congress and the White House are actually engaged in three different, but related, budget debates that are going on simultaneously. Here is a look at the three budget battles.

BofA Plans To Introduce Monthly Debit Card Fee

Michele Norris talks about Bank of America's plan to charge some customers a monthly $5 fee for debit cards with Daniel Indiviglio, associate editor with The Atlantic. Indiviglio writes about business, finance, economics and politics.

Economists Say Indicators All Point Toward Recession

One forecasting group says the U.S. is on the verge of recession, while European economists are talking about what kind of recession Europe will endure.

Facebook Fans Share Their Plans For Retirement

We turned to Facebook to gauge how are our listeners were preparing for retirement (if at all), how their lives have changed since retirement and whether they think they will be able to afford to retire.

What Is Retirement, Anyway?

Planning for retirement isn't just about mutual funds, 401(k)s and reverse mortgages anymore. With the traditional notions of retirement changing, figuring out how to spend our later years requires a different approach.

100 Days Revisited: Checking In On Bradenton, Fla.

A U.S. Postal Service worker and a coordinator of a homeless shelter in Bradenton weighed in on the economic picture there in 2009, just after President Obama was elected.

Mitch Daniels: Avoid 'Fiscal Niagara' On Social Security

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels urges adjusting the Social Security system in his new book, Keeping the Republic. In the book, Daniels writes that Carlo Ponzi — the con man whose name became synonymous with a swindling scheme — would make "an ideal Social Security commissioner."

Census: Reading, Pa., Has Highest Poverty Rate

Melissa Block speaks with Reading, Pa., Mayor Thomas McMahon about the recent U.S. Census Poverty Report that ranks Reading as the city with the highest rate of residents living in poverty.