Sat January 28, 2012
NPR Story

Obama's Plan To Kick-Start Housing Market

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 8:46 am



The future of the state of the U.S. housing market was a primary focus for the White House this week. On Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a new plan to try to correct the housing downturn. It would allow qualifying homeowners the chance to refinance their mortgages at historically low rates.

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Fitch Downgrades Credit Of 6 E.U. Countries, Including Spain, Italy

Fitch Ratings announced it was cutting the ratings of Italy, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, and Cyprus.

Italy and Spain, two of the biggest eurozone economies, suffered a two-notch drop. Italy went from A+ to A- and Spain went from A to AA-.

Bloomberg reports:

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Twitter Announces It Can Now Block Content By Country

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Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country. This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.

In a blog post, Twitter explained:

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Signaling Modest Growth, U.S. GDP Grew At 2.8 Percent In Fourth Quarter

The United States economy continued to expand modestly toward the end of 2011. The Commerce Department says it grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 1.7 in all of 2011.

This means that the economy has expanded for the last two years, after a 3.5 percent decline in 2009. The economy did slow down in 2011. It grew 3 percent in 2010.

The Commerce Department explains:

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Fri January 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Women's Car-Shopping Tactics Steer Them Toward Better Deals

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:44 am

A new survey from LeaseTrader finds that women ask more thorough questions than men when buying cars.

When it comes to buying cars, women do their homework — and it pays off. A recent report from finds women generally get better deals than men when they buy cars.

John Sternal of LeaseTrader tells NPR's Sonari Glinton on Morning Edition that women's participation in car buying is changing.

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