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  • MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber, who explained the ins and outs of health overhaul in a comic book, says that excluding the value of health insurance from federal taxes is a terrible idea, at least from an economist's point of view.
    Macmillan
    6:50pm Dec 04, 2012
    National National Health & Safety

    The Perilous Politics Of The Health Insurance Tax Break

    Economists say that excluding the value of employer-sponsored health insurance from federal taxes makes no sense. But many worry that changing the tax code could mean higher taxes or that employers would push down the value of the health insurance they provide.
  • Despite their recent woes, "daily deal" companies Groupon and Living Social can be profitable, says analyst Arvind Bhatia.
    NPR
    8:22am Dec 04, 2012
    National National Economy

    What's Next For The Daily Deal Business Model?

    Are the days of "daily deal" coupons about to expire? Shares of email coupon company Groupon are down nearly 80 percent since going public last year. And its smaller rival, Living Social, plans to lay off as many as 400 employees, after reporting a net loss of more than $560 million in the third quarter.
  • In the presidential debate on Oct. 16, Mitt Romney presented a hypothetical way to cap deductions and raise revenue.
    Spencer Platt / Getty Images
    8:35am Dec 03, 2012
    National National Economy Politics & Government

    Pick A Number: Let's Play 'Cap Those Deductions'

    Mitt Romney may have lost the election, but the tax policy he floated is sticking with congressional Republicans. Rather than raising rates, the GOP would prefer to shrink or eliminate deductions. So what would that do to the deficit — and to the middle class?
  • 8:06am Nov 30, 2012
    National National Politics & Government

    GOP Bill On Immigrant Jobs Up For House Vote

    Renee Montagne talks with Rep. Raul Labrador, Republican from Idaho and one of the congressmen who introduced the bill that's set for a vote Friday. The STEM Jobs Act allows people who are in the U.S. legally who are getting advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to stay and get their green cards, he says.
  • The Rev. Eric Williams and his colleague Jannette Berkley-Patton visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo., where they discussed a funeral that shaped Williams' future.
    StoryCorps
    7:05am Nov 30, 2012
    National National Health & Safety Religion

    A Life's Ministry Springs From A Dilemma Over AIDS

    For more than 20 years, the Rev. Eric Williams has devoted himself to educating people about AIDS and helping those who suffer from the disease. As he recalls, one funeral — and a "favor" — led him to the undertaking. World AIDS Day is Saturday.