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Will reforms survive the new Senate?

Jan 26, 2010
How has the election of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown to the Senate affected the Democrats' agenda? Steve Chiotakis talks to former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about where the party's list of reforms stands now.

Why Oregon is a political test tube

Jan 26, 2010
Oregon residents take to the polls today to vote on two big proposals concerning state taxes. April Baer explains why the local campaigns may be a barometer for the rest of the country for this election season.

Commission would cut deficit spending

Jan 26, 2010
The Senate could vote today to create a deficit-cutting commission as part of a bill that will let the government borrow an additional $1.9 trillion. Brett Neely explores the debate around the measure.

Will opposition get Bernanke thinking?

Jan 25, 2010
Despite his opposition, the White House says Ben Bernanke has enough support to return as Federal Reserve chair. Some senators are hoping their opposition will make him think twice about adopting unpopular policies. Brett Neely reports.

Obama reaching out in Ohio town hall

Jan 22, 2010
President Obama is hitting a community college in Lorain County, Ohio today to deliver a town hall-style address on unemployment. The trip could be a good opportunity for the president to reconnect with the public. Dan Bobkoff reports.
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What Senate change means for reform

Jan 20, 2010
With Republican Scott Brown winning the Massachusetts senatorial seat, the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority is gone. Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution talks with Kai Ryssdal about what happens to President Obama's agenda now.

States owe billions in unemployment

Jan 20, 2010
A ProPublica study shows half of the state unemployment systems in the U.S. are deeply in debt. So far, states have borrowed $25 billion from the Feds in order to keep paying laid-off workers. Mitchell Hartman explores states' repayment options.
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Brown will give reforms a rough ride

Jan 20, 2010
The election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts senatorial seat dissolves the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's John Dimsdale about how that will affect the White House agenda.

Senate balance at stake in Mass vote

Jan 19, 2010
Massachusetts voters elect a replacement for Senator Edward Kennedy today, and a Republican win would eliminate the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's John Dimsdale.

How the Fed made a record profit

Jan 12, 2010
The Federal Reserve made its biggest profit ever in 2009. It's turning a nice deposit of about $46 billion back to the Treasury Department. Where did it get all that money? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.