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The cost of a soldier deployed in Afghanistan

Feb 22, 2011
Stephan Richter's latest quiz: How much does it cost per year to support one U.S. service member deployed in Afghanistan?

State protests spread

Feb 22, 2011
Wisconsin protests go wide to Indiana and other states across the Midwest. Thousands of public workers are descending on state capitols to protest states' attempts to balance budgets by stripping unions of bargaining power.

Government facing possible shutdown March 4

Feb 22, 2011
Marketplace explores government agency contingency plans if lawmakers can't cut a deal on funding for the rest of this fiscal year.

Bored with budget talks

Feb 21, 2011
After last week's budget roll-outs, Republicans and Democrats continue to blame each other for the impasse over proposed spending cuts. But Fortune Magazine's Allan Sloan says he is bored with the budget faceoff, and explains that neither side has proposed a plan that would fix the deficit.

How Social Security can be reformed today

Feb 19, 2011
Presidential historian Julian Zelizer talks about about the historic deal on social security between President Reagan and Tip O'Neill, and how it might reflect on our current situation.

Wisconsin lawmakers target state workers' union

Feb 18, 2011
Wisconsin GOP lawmakers seeking to reduce the state's deficit want to pass a bill that weakens the state workers' union. Steve Chiotakis speaks with Jill Schlesinger, editor-at-large for CBS/MoneyWatch, about how budget woes could influence other states to do the same.

How everyday Americans would tackle the budget deficit

Feb 18, 2011
About 800 Americans across the country were asked their opinions on how to solve the U.S. budget deficit. The results did make a substantial dent in the debt.

Fraudulent labor recruiters dupe Mexican migrants

Feb 18, 2011
It's estimated that poor Mexican workers have invested more than $2 million in U.S. jobs that don't exist.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs, Mexico

Fitch announces change to state pension analysis

Feb 17, 2011
Fitch Ratings today announced changes to the way it analyzes U.S. state and city pension bills. In a report, Fitch warns the new approach could have some consequences. Dick Larkin, director of credit analysis at Herbert J. Sims & Co., explains.

Diane Swonk: Senate banking panel hearing on Dodd-Frank

Feb 17, 2011
The Senate's banking commission is asking regulators today how the implementation of the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law is going. Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains what's at stake in these hearings.

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