August 31, 2015 According to the latest poll results, Donald Trump leads the field of Republican presidential candidates in Iowa. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is closing in on Hillary Clinton.
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There was good news along with the bad at the New York Stock Exchange this week.
August 28, 2015 Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.
Specialist Michael O'Mara on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Stocks closed down 200 points after starting the day with a rally. But there's more going on in the economy than the drama on Wall Street.
August 25, 2015 Stock prices may be having a meltdown, but consumers and homebuyers are still pushing the economy forward. In fact, a new round of data suggests the economy is gaining strength even as markets fall.
Trader William McInerney keeps an eye on developments at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday.
August 24, 2015 Stock prices plunged Monday, prompting Wall Street analysts to talk about a "correction" in stock prices. But many savers worry that this might be the start of a long "bear" market.
August 24, 2015 As Biden considers whether to launch a presidential bid, he met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend. She's not running for president but has passionate supporters.
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Trymaine Lee reports in Ferguson in August 2014.
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August 22, 2015 MSNBC's Trymaine Lee was one of several African-American journalists who shared their stories of reporting on racially-charged violence with Code Switch's Gene Demby.
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 531 points, or more than 3 percent.
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August 21, 2015 Stock investors have to decide if the August downturn is just part of a normal zigzag pattern in any bull market, or the start of a bear market that could last for years.
August 20, 2015 The TV ads say rules involving retirement advice must be "fixed," but they may leave you scratching your head. Brokers and insurance agents are behind the ads, which aim to block tougher new rules.
President Obama promotes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, in February 2009.
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August 17, 2015 Jeb Bush is (mostly) right when he says the number of people in poverty increased by 6 million under Obama. But that statistic is more complicated than you might think.
You may not pay in Chinese yuan notes, but a drop in their value affects your spending power.
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August 11, 2015 China lowered the value of the yuan, and that sent all sorts of prices lower. So you may soon be paying less for gas, food and lumber. But there are downsides too: U.S. stocks fell hard.
NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
August 11, 2015 For the president, it seems, there is no logic in a moderate course on the Iran deal. In an interview with NPR, he is laughing at his critics' arguments and treating his opponents with scorn.
August 10, 2015 As Donald Trump gets attention for his campaign comments, his Republican rivals are trying to handle the fallout. Trump has been overshadowing the 16 other Republican presidential candidates.
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Prince onstage during the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February.
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August 9, 2015 Music icon Prince is worried about the future of the music business for artists, and his top priority can be summed up in one word: freedom.
The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington, D.C. The Fed's next meeting is set for Sept. 16-17.
August 7, 2015 On Friday, the Labor Department said the July unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent. If you had to choose, would you take that to mean the economy is too cool or too hot? Weigh the evidence.
President Obama talks with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
August 6, 2015 Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.
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