First Take: Health Care End Game, Mideast Tensions, Detroit's Shrinking Schools, DIY Bailout

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 12:56 PM

US President Barack Obama speaks on healthcare insurance reform at the Walter F. Ehrnelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville, Ohio. (Getty Images)

UPDATED: 8:10 p.m. 

Alex Goldmark, Senior Producer, here on the evening shift. 

We continue to follow the developments in health care reform, clashes in Israel, and of course the NCAA tournament. Our curiosity was also piqued by a recent study on women of color and wealth. They found: 


Single black and Hispanic
women have one penny of
wealth for every dollar of
wealth owned by their male
counterparts and a tiny
fraction of a penny for
every dollar of wealth
owned by white women.

"Single black and Hispanic women have one penny of wealth for every dollar of wealth owned by their male counterparts and a tiny fraction of a penny for every dollar of wealth owned by white women."

We'll find out how bad it is, and why. Also as part of our DIY bailout series, we'll have some suggestions for building your own wealth. 

We'll also check in on the fiscal health of our nation as Moody's hints at lowering America's bond rating and the Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates low based on moderate economic expectations.  



POSTED: 1:30 p.m. 

Anna Sale here on the day shift. 

We may be closing in on the end of the health care debate in Congress, so tomorrow, we will take a look at the narrative arc of the policy saga. House Majority Whip James Clyburn set up the final chapter for us this morning. Tomorrow, we'll hear from a producer for the forthcoming Frontline documentary, "Obama's Deal." We'll look back at the key plot points in the story that he says reads like a coming of age tale for the Obama administration...

We're also following developments in Israel, where settlement protesters are in the streets today. We're looking at the smoldering tensions since Vice President Joe Biden's visit last week and where they might lead.

There's also more news to report about shrinking cities. After appearing on The Takeaway on Monday, Harvard economist Edward Glaeser continued the conversation about right-sizing Detroit over at The New York Times Economix blog. Now, there's news out of Detroit that 45 schools may close. We'll look at what the schools' emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb is looking to accomplish (and yes, that's his real title).

And speaking of financial emergencies, we're launching a new series tomorrow called Do-It-Yourself Bailout. America’s big banks got billions in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, but what about the little guy? We're running a 10-part weekly series on what everyday Americans can do to get back on their feet in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Takeaway finance contributor Beth Kobliner will join us each Wednesday, along with a host of experts who will help your financial health. Tomorrow, we're looking at why it's so hard to talk about money issues. We're asking listeners, What's the biggest financial taboo for you? What about your personal finances do you find it hardest to share with other people? Is it how much debt you have? How much you get paid?


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