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 November, 2000

US Economy (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition - Sunday, November 5, 2000

NPR's Jim Zarroli takes the pulse of the US economy. There is evidence that the long economic boom may be slowing down, and some analysts fear a coming recession.

Economy (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, November 3, 2000

NPR's Elaine Korry reports that the nation's unemployment rate held steady at 3.9 percent in October, and wages grew at their fastest pace in six months. Hispanic joblessness reached an all-time low last month.


 October, 2000

Social Security (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 23, 2000

No issue has divided the two major party presidential candidates more sharply than Social Security. Vice President Al Gore campaigns on guaranteeing current benefits for retirees and those who will soon retire. Texas Governor George W. Bush stresses the need to provide for younger workers by investing some Social Security funds in the stock market. And each candidate accuses the other of pitting one generation against another. NPR's Steve Inskeep reports.

Gore - Econ (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 19, 2000

With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, the economy is emerging as the centerpiece of Democrat Al Gore's campaign. He laid out his agenda to continue the nation's current prosperity in a formal address today at Columbia University, and again in a series of interviews with Regis Philbin and Rosie O'Donnell to be broadcast tomorrow. NPR's Anthony Brooks is with the Gore campaign in New York City.

Gore Economic Plan (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, October 11, 2000

NPR's John Ydstie reports on Vice President Al Gore's economic plan. Gore and his rival, Texas Governor George W. Bush, both say they will work to pay off the national debt. And they both say they'll use half of the budge surplus for social security, but when it comes to their tax cuts, they both over-simplify.

Debate Truth Squad (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, October 4, 2000

NPR's Brian Naylor talks to experts about statements made by the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees in their debate last night. Among the topics were proposals on how to spend the budget surplus and how to help senior citizens with their prescription drug bills.


 September, 2000

Bush - Energy (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 29, 2000

Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush stopped in Saginaw, Michigan today and made energy policy his theme. Using a manufacturing and engineering center as his backdrop, he talked about the growing economy's need for growing fuel sources -- and the importance of keeping those sources politically and militarily secure. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

Gore - Energy (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 29, 2000

Vice President Al Gore took to the trees today at the Audubon Naturalist Society's headquarters on a wildlife preserve in Maryland. The Democratic presidential candidate's subject was energy -- its costs and its effects on the environment. NPR's Steve Inskeep has this report

Gore - Oil (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 21, 2000

Oil shortages in Europe and elsewhere in the world have resulted in price increases in the United States -- where gasoline prices are at a ten year high. The nationwide average price of a gallon of unleaded regular is now nearly a-dollar-sixty -- with prices far higher in some locations. The Presidential candidates have been addressing the issue. Democrat Al Gore today proposed tapping the government's emergency oil reserve as a means of lowering prices before the cold weather arrives. NPR's Madeleine Brand reports.

Richardson - Oil (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 21, 2000

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson returned to Capitol Hill today for a grilling by yet another Congressional committee. Today, it was the House Committee on Government Reform. Questions had to do with the high price of gasoline and home heating fuel. NPR's Brian Naylor reports that Richardson -- like Vice President Al Gore -- has warmed up to the idea of releasing some of the national oil reserves as a means of lowering prices.

Big Oil (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 21, 2000

NPR's John Ydstie reports today is not the first time Al Gore has accused the oil industry of price-gouging. The vice-president first brought up the subject of oil industry profits when gas prices soared earlier this year. Ydstie reports there is scant evidence of oil company collusion, though, and the industry is probably just profiting from OPEC's success in driving up the price of oil.

Gore - Economics (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 6, 2000

Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore likes to present himself as the candidate of substance and detail. Today, he might have outdone himself, presenting a 200-page tome containing his plan for the U.S. economy. Gore's blueprint includes a $300 billion "rainy day fund" as a buffer against an economic downturn, but Republican rival George W. Bush says Gore's spending programs would wipe out that much of the current surplus and more. From Cleveland, Madeleine Brand reports for NPR News.


 August, 2000
Gore and the Economy (14.4 | 28.8) Host John Ydstie talks with Fortune Magazine's editor at large Joe Nocera of Al Gore's difficulties to make the nation's prosperous economy translate into electoral benefits.

 June, 2000
Gore - Economy (14.4 | 28.8)
NPR's Mara Liasson reports that, despite the extended economic boom during his term as Vice President, Al Gore is getting little credit for the good times to help his presidential campaign. There are many theories about why this is, ranging from ineptness by Gore to changing American attitudes about the economy.

Progress & Prosperity (14.4 | 28.8)
Vice President Al Gore launched a three week "progress and prosperity tour" in New York City today. With former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin at his side, Gore touted the nation's strong economy and the federal government's balanced budget. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports.


 February, 2000
Bankruptcy
All Things Considered, February 2, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports on the Senate passage of a bankruptcy reform bill. The measure aims to reduce people's ability to wipe out credit card and other debts through bankruptcy. It also includes a provision raising the minimum wage by one dollar to $6.15. Another amendment forbids the use of bankruptcy by abortion clinic protesters to avoid paying court judgments against them. GOP leaders had opposed that rider, but decided to accept it when Democrats called Vice President Gore to vote if a tie-breaker were needed. The measure is different from the House version, and President Clinton opposes both bills.


 December, 1999
Upstate New York's Economy
Morning Edition, December 22, 1999
NPR's Eric Westervelt reports on economic conditions in Upstate New York, a region that's expected to be pivotal in next year's election for the U.S. Senate seat being pursued by Hillary Rodham Clinton and New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The Upstate area contains about 45% of New York's voters. Voters say they have experienced a prolonged period of economic stagnation and say they want a candidate who can help create jobs and stimulate the economy.
 September, 1999
Minimum Wage Vote
Morning Edition, September 21, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports on a vote in the Senate today to increase the minimum wage this year. Critics say conservatives are not focused on the minimum wage because they have other issues on their agenda, and that Democrats see minimum wage merely as a campaign issue. The nation's minimum wage is currently $5.15. It has not been raised since 1996.

Work and Politics
All Things Considered, September 6, 1999
A survey done at Rutgers University shows the majority of the American workforce this Labor Day to be satisfied with their jobs, though perhaps not with their salaries or benefits. The survey also quizzed respondents about who they might vote for in next year's elections, and why. All Things Considered's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Carl Van Horn, Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.


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