Jim Zarroli http://www.kunc.org en How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://www.kunc.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 59044 at http://www.kunc.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms http://www.kunc.org/post/us-foreign-mergers-raise-calls-tax-reforms This week the big medical device company Medtronic said it was moving its legal headquarters from Minneapolis to Ireland. It's part of a $43 billion merger with another medical company, Dublin-based Covidien.<p>The move is a tax-saving strategy called an inversion and it's growing more common in the corporate world.<p>U.S. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 58029 at http://www.kunc.org U.S.-Foreign Mergers Raise Calls For Tax Reforms Once A GOP Pillar, Chamber Of Commerce Is Now A Lightning Rod http://www.kunc.org/post/once-gop-ally-chamber-commerce-now-lightning-rod The Chamber of Commerce says it tried to help Eric Cantor in his primary campaign, but Cantor refused the offer. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 57685 at http://www.kunc.org Political Rhetoric Bogs Down Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline http://www.kunc.org/post/political-rhetoric-bogs-down-future-keystone-xl-pipeline Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Last month the Obama administration put off a decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The project has been enormously controversial. It would carry crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This morning we examine what's at stake for the oil industry and for energy production. Fri, 23 May 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 56884 at http://www.kunc.org AT&T And DirecTV Mega-Merger Spells Changes For Media Landscape http://www.kunc.org/post/att-and-directv-mega-merger-spells-changes-media-landscape Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Federal regulators are facing a decision on whether to allow another big media merger. This time, it's AT&T and DirecTV. Yesterday, the board of AT&T voted to acquire the satellite television company in a deal worth almost $50 billion. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports that the hope is to be a stronger competitor against the likes of Verizon and Comcast.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: Like other big media companies, AT&T has been desperately trying to tell the future of the media business and get ready for it. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 56714 at http://www.kunc.org