Forty percent of Brazil's homes lack access to any kind of sewer system. Public health workers are afraid to go to crime-ridden neighborhoods. Activists in the country's poorest areas say both investment and mindsets have to change to tackle a public health crisis.
New data this week from the analysis group Hedgeye shows that some of our favorite breakfast items like orange juice and coffee are rising in cost so much that they could be considered "luxury items." Louise Story joins us for more.
Americans have started buying again; this past December, they pulled out their credit cards, and charged their holiday gifts. There's currently $800 billion on credit cards. This may be good for the economy, but it is it good for your wallet?
President Obama delivers his 2012 Federal budget proposal today, and already debate is in full swing. Stan Collender, budget expert and writer for the Capital Gains and Games blog, helps us understand what to expect.
Noel King, managing producer for The Takeaway, looks at why the U.S. should be keeping a close eye on what's happening in Yemen, as well as in Iran. We also talk to Charlie Herman about the politics of the U.S. budget.
For years, New York, along with nine other states, has been diverting hundreds of millions of dollars intended for improving 911 Emergency call systems to its general fund in an attempt to help balance the budget. Bob Hennelly has the story.
President Obama's 2012 federal budget proposal is out and the debate over spending has begun. This comes while the 2011 budget has yet to be resolved. For the GOP it's all about cutting, so will the president's proposed budget make it through Congress?
Joining us to discuss potential budget cuts is Gus Faucher, an economist with Moody's Analytics, who says that while there is no long term fiscal gain without short term pain, the proposed cuts in discretionary spending are just a drop in the bucket.
Economist Ed Glaeser is convinced that cities make us better, and that the proof can be seen everywhere from Minneapolis to Shanghai. Glaeser is a professor at Harvard and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Prices for everything are expected to go up. Motoko Rich of The New York Times says add more expensive overseas labor costs and utilities to the mix, and you may be looking at paying considerably more for those new jeans this fall.