Chrysler's Bid For Survival
Auto analysts say that any more government money should not be used to help Chrysler continue as is. Instead, they say, Chrysler should use the money to wind down its business or merge with a stronger automaker.
Companies Rethink Annual Performance Reviews
The annual performance review is getting reviewed itself, and has received low marks. Employees say feedback from the review is too little and comes too late to be effective. Now companies are beginning to rethink how they give feedback.
Lessons Of France's 'The Class' Transcend Borders
Authenticity was important to the producers of The Class,, which is based on a book by a former middle school teacher. Some American teachers say that while the film is set in France, it also provides a window into what goes on in an urban middle school in the United States.
In Paris, Culinary Education Starts In Day Care
In the land of high cuisine, even lunch in preschool is a culinary delight. French culinary traditions and knowledge are cultivated at a very young age. Even toddlers in day care centers are taught how to sit at a table and are encouraged to eat all kinds of foods.
Venezuelans Vote To Scrap Term Limits
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday won a referendum to scrap term limits, which allows him to run for re-election indefinitely. The referendum got 54 percent of the vote.
Stimulus Stirs Debate Over Rural Broadband Access
President Obama's economic stimulus package includes $7.2 billion to expand broadband Internet access into rural areas. Advocates say high-speed access is necessary in a global economy. Critics say taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used for a "cyber bridge to nowhere."
Navajo Hope Stimulus Will Fund Jobs, Infrastructure
The recently signed economic stimulus package contains nearly $3 billion for Native American tribes. A big portion of the money is likely to go to the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the country. Its leaders hope funds will help create much needed jobs and build basic infrastructure.
Japan Reports Sharp Drop In Fourth-Quarter GDP
Japan's economy contracted in the fourth quarter at the fastest pace since the 1970s. Japan relies heavily on exports, and global demand for Japanese goods like cars and electronics is down sharply. Now some of Japan's best-known companies are eliminating jobs.
The Fallacy Of Using Tax Cuts To Fix Recession
One major question echoed from the halls of Congress to the talking heads on TV is: Can tax cuts actually stimulate the economy? Financial writer David Cay Johnston talks with Steve Inskeep about the value of the tax cuts in President Obama's stimulus package.
N.Y. Gov. Aims To Tax Downloads, Including Porn
In an effort to curb New York's nearly $15 billion budget deficit, Gov. David Paterson is suggesting a tax on Internet downloads — including pornography. Supporters say they're bringing the tax code in line with shifting technologies. But not everyone is on board with profiting off porn.