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Mayors talk, future presidents listen

Aug 5, 2008
The U.S. Conference of Mayors wants to get the attention of the presidential candidates by talking about the biggest problems for their cities. Danielle Karson reports crime is a hot topic in today's Philadelphia meeting.
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Business leery of employee-rights bill

Aug 1, 2008
At a time when companies are struggling with high fuel costs and a slow economy, they're now also worried that pending legislation and other forces may be helping labor get organized. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Retail
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Iraq in need of spending lessons

Jul 30, 2008
A new report says Iraq's flush with money, but if that's true, why are so many of its residents still without basic infrastructure? Host Kai Ryssdal asks Stuart Bowen where Iraq's cash is going and where it isn't.
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World trade talk splits tough to repair

Jul 30, 2008
After seven years of on-again, off-again negotiations, the U.S., China and India couldn't reach an agreement on farm tariffs in world trade talks. Jennifer Collins takes a look at what could happen next.
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Leadership PACs key to political funding

Jul 16, 2008
Most political candidates now fund their campaigns through what are called "leadership political action committees." In the first part of a special series, Steve Henn explains how those PACs work in the presidential election.
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Can Fannie and Freddie fight free fall?

Jul 11, 2008
Stocks for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lost half their value on Wall Street today and many seem to think a government takeover is on the way. Alisa Roth explores how the companies might save themselves.
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Candidates search for election funds

Jul 9, 2008
John McCain still trails Barack Obama in fundraising, but may find help from an array of independent groups. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Politico's Jeanne Cummings about where the campaigns will turn for money in this election.
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Public fears of sovereign wealth funds

Jul 9, 2008
A group of sovereign wealth funds gathered today in Singapore to address peoples' concerns that government-backed investments are politically motivated. John Dimsdale reports why these funds pose a dilemma for the U.S.
Posted In: Investing
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Candidates focus on expat fundraising

Jul 8, 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is fundraising in London. While it's illegal for him to take money from foreign citizens, the city is home to many wealthy Americans. Geoff Brumfiel reports.
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California fires blaze through tourism

Jul 8, 2008
It's too early for wildfire season, but more than 20,000 firefighters are battling blazes in California's Central Coast. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports how the fires could hurt Monterey County's tourism.

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