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Cut corporate taxes, or close loopholes?

John Dimsdale | Jul 26, 2007
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson believes the tax burden on businesses is driving some companies away. Critics say closing tax code loopholes benefitting well-connected industries is a better move. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

'Open access' battle heats up in D.C.

Jeremy Hobson | Jul 26, 2007
Google has proposed a billion-dollar bid to keep airwaves open to smaller telecoms and innovators. But established telecom carriers say it's nothing but a government handout of valuable spectrum. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Washington

Hyper-competitive job market training

| Jul 26, 2007
Funding for a little-known program helping workers who lose their jobs to overseas competition is being held hostage by GOP backers of presidential fast-track trade authority. Chris Farrell explains the controversy.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Nanoparticles in regulatory spotlight

Janet Babin | Jul 26, 2007
Sub-microscopic materials are now in hundreds of consumer products, and the tiny particles can defy standard physics and may pose a risk. The FDA is passing the buck to the EPA to regulate them. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science

Venezuela's social spending spree

Dan Grech | Jul 26, 2007
About 20 percent of the nation's GDP goes into health and welfare programs, thanks to high oil prices. Even if prices drop, President Hugo Chavez might be able to keep the social spigot open. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

Disney nixes on-screen smoking

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jul 26, 2007
The movie ratings folks plan to crack down on films depicting tobacco smoking, and that's just bad for Disney's bottom line. The health of the audience is another factor. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Health

Shell profits from BP problems

| Jul 26, 2007
Royal Dutch Shell is reporting record earnings -- more than $8.5 billion in the second-quarter. Carl Mortished of The Times of London says Shell is benefitting from British Petroleum's difficulties.
Posted In: Canada

The U.S. Retirement Market, 2006

Chris Farrell | Jul 25, 2007
According to the latest Investment Company Institute study total U.S. retirement assets hit $16.4 trillion in 2006. That's up 11% from 2005 and 55%...

Credit market tightens on lenders

Kai Ryssdal | Jul 25, 2007
The bankers in the Chrysler sale say they aren't going to be able to sell off loans Chrysler's arranged in the deal, due to a credit-market squeeze. Kai Ryssdal talks to an executive in the credit market about what's going on.
Posted In: Investing

FBI wants funds for phone records

Steve Henn | Jul 25, 2007
The FBI has asked Congress for money to pay telecommunications companies to store customer data in case agents decide they need it. Watchdog groups worry about the temptation for an abuse of power. Steve Henn reports.