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Looking outside the income tax system

| Oct 3, 2007
Tax relief is difficult to sell as helpful to lower-income Americans, who pay little to no income tax. Commentator David Frum offers these solutions outside of the income tax system.

Contractors and soldiers

| Oct 2, 2007
The U.S. government says there are about 190,000 private contractors in Iraq, supporting 163,000 U.S. troops. Andrew Haeg has the story of two of them -- one civilian, one military.
Posted In: Crime

States move to close drug data mining

Helen Palmer | Oct 2, 2007
Information about which drugs doctors prescribe for you often ends up in the hands of big drug companies, which use it to market their products. But some states are passing laws to ban the practice. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

You clicked on that 'Contact' link

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 2, 2007
Kai Ryssdal airs listeners' thoughts and opinions on our coverage of the General Motors strike, mystery shoppers, music file-sharing and more.

Private services fill troop shortage

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 2, 2007
In the Iraq war, the spotlight is on the large-scale privatization of what used to be military functions. Kai Ryssdal talked with Steve Schooner, a George Washington University professor who has studied the role of private contractors.

Oil prices expected to climb again

Alisa Roth | Oct 2, 2007
Oil prices finished just above $80 a barrel today. But some speculate prices could be well higher by the new year. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail

Defense bill free of major conflicts

John Dimsdale | Oct 2, 2007
Senators are considering a defense spending bill that, at nearly $460 billion, won't pay a dime for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democratic leaders have postponed that debate until later this year. John Dimsdale reports.

If costs are higher, performance worse...

Kai Ryssdal | Oct 2, 2007
Erik Prince, CEO of the private-security firm Blackwater, defended his company's performance in Iraq before the House Oversight Committee today. Kai Ryssdal has more.

Nasdaq thinks globally, buys regionally

| Oct 2, 2007
This morning, the Nasdaq announced that it was buying the Boston Stock Exchange, one of the oldest regional exchanges. But after purchasing so many international exchanges this month, why Boston? Amy Scott explains.
Posted In: Wall Street

Learning money one panel at a time

| Oct 2, 2007
Young people aren't famous for being wise about money. But the Federal Reserve of New York is trying to get them money smart early on with a series of educational comics covering a wide scope of financial topics. Jaime Bedrin has the story.
Posted In: Education