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August 31st, 2012
04:33 PM ET

This weekend on Your Bottom Line

President Obama has racked up nearly $6 trillion in debt in his first term, pushing the national debt up to nearly $16 trillion. Republicans say that’s unforgiveable – but they won’t tell you how they helped run up the clock.

Plus - President Obama is attacking Mitt Romney for comments he made about class size but Mitt Romney’s comments sound remarkably like something President Obama’s own education secretary said two years ago. Christine asks Arne Duncan whether he stands by what he said.

Then - the U.S. is the world’s biggest economy and the leading superpower but it won’t stay that way if the quality of a child’s education depends on his or her zip code. Arne Duncan tells Christine Romans how he plans to reform America’s schools.

Finally - Mitt Romney’s education plan focuses on school choice; that means handing out vouchers so families can choose where their children go to school. But only around 10% of students get their education from private schools. Christine asks President Reagan's education secretary what a Romney presidency would mean for America's public schools.

Your Bottom Line airs on CNN Saturday at 9:30a ET

August 25th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

This week on Your Bottom Line

48 million people depend on it. Workers are taxed to pay for it. Politicians can’t stop talking about it. We'll go behind the numbers and politics of Medicare and talk to the people who really need it.

Later: 20 years of wealth – erased. That's the story of America's middle class. They have just lived through, "worst decade in modern history". They earn less, they pay more and they are the golden egg in the quest for the White House. You may be surprised to find out who they overwhelmingly blame for their problems, and how they feel about their future.

Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans airs every Saturday at 9:30am ET

August 3rd, 2012
04:35 PM ET

Ahead on Your Bottom Line

The July jobs report has become a political chew toy for both presidential candidates and their parties. But caught in the middle are nearly 13 million Americans out of work and looking for government leadership. Can President Obama return to break-even on jobs with three more unemployment reports to go before November 6th, or is our economy just not positioned for that kind of growth? Economists Peter Navarro, Diane Swonk and CNN Political Director Mark Preston discuss.

Also, Christine goes home to Iowa for a first-hand look at the drought that has devastated corn and soybean farms across the Midwest. She talks to generations of farmers who put this year's drought in perspective and she shows you how their misfortunes will soon make their way into higher costs for you at the supermarket.

July 13th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

The rich vs. the rest

By Christine Romans

On Your Bottom Line this weekend we try to decide just what is rich in America and what is fair.

The president says $250,000 is rich and they don’t pay their fair share. Conservatives say this president has a bad case of class envy. Yes, they say, the richest 1% holds 36% of the nation’s wealth, but the top 1% also pays 37% of the nation's federal income taxes. True, liberals say, but they can afford to and they should since they made their fortune in this country.

Join us for some friendly class warfare. Will Cain (wearing cowboy boots) and Marc Lamont Hill (retro Stan Smiths) show off their shoes (and what they say about their tax brackets) and discuss whether America is a nation of haves-and-have-nots, or haves-and-soon-to-have-mores.

Quiz: How much do you have to earn to be considered the top 1% of earners in America? The answer is on Your Bottom Line Saturday at 9:30 am ET. Please join us.

July 7th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

This week on Your Bottom Line

More than 2 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they’re looking for the next mission and we don’t have anything for them. In 2011 nearly 1 in 3 veterans aged 18-24 were out of work.

On this special edition of Your Bottom Line, we look at the challenges and triumphs of veterans transitioning from the battlefield to the office. Are companies doing all they can to hire veterans? We sent CNN’s Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr to Detroit to one of the biggest job fairs in the country for veterans.

Also: Between 2009 and 2011 the Department of Veteran Affairs paid out more than $4 billion for tuition and fees. For-profit schools raked in 37 percent of those funds but only educated 25 percent of veterans. How did the GI Bill, which helped expand the middle class in America by subsidizing veteran education, become a cash cow for for-profit schools raking in taxpayer dollars? We take a closer look.

Finally, a Florida farm started by an Iraqi vet who suffered form PTSD becomes a refuge for other vets with the same ailment to work the land and heal in the company of comrades.

Your Bottom Line with Christine Romans airs Saturday at 9:30am ET on CNN

June 22nd, 2012
02:59 PM ET

This weekend on Your Bottom Line

Are you better off than you were four years ago? It’s your call to make with 5 months left to the presidential election.
But what if we told you no matter who is in the White House in November we’ll be in a recession next year?
What if we told you that come November 6, not a single new job will be created no matter who is President?

Also, it doesn't matter what the Supreme Court rules on health care reform. Millions of Americans won’t like it nor will they understand it - but we’re going to explain it.

And African Americans were crushed by the recession and left behind in the recovery. We’ll look at the astounding wealth gap between whites and African Americans and whether President Obama has let them down.

Your Bottom Line airs Saturday at 9:30am EST on CNN