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Energy independence won't help us

Mar 20, 2008
The U.S. currently imports two-thirds of its oil needs -- even President Bush believes the nation is "addicted to oil." But commentator Jerry Taylor says that since importing oil is cheaper than producing it domestically, energy independence isn't a good idea, or even practical.

Will Vermont cash in by selling lottery?

Mar 19, 2008
Many states are struggling with lean budgets this year. Now Vermont's governor wants to make ends meet by selling or leasing the state's lottery to a private company. But some lawmakers worry about the long-term effect of giving up control of a state money-making asset. John Dillon reports.
Posted In: Economy

A dose of realism over the economy

Mar 18, 2008
To this point, the Bush Administration has stayed away from the word "recession." But they are slowly starting to admit the problem. Janet Babin reports backing away from cheerleading could put more options on the table.
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Wall Street laughs at Spitzer's expense

Mar 11, 2008
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's scandal with a prostitution ring now has some on Wall Street cheering. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports it could also hurt his current efforts to stabilize the shaky municipal bond business.
Posted In: Wall Street

Pentagon's Europe deal angers Boeing

Mar 3, 2008
The Pentagon has picked EADS, the parent company of Europe's Airbus, for a massive refueling tanker aircraft contract. The announcement was a blow to the U.S. bidder Boeing, which has been making tankers for the Air Force for 50 years. John Dimsdale reports.

Farming politics, here and abroad

Mar 1, 2008
The clock is ticking on a compromise Farm Bill in Congress. Lawmakers might learn a lesson about the political power of agriculture from India, where poor farmers are getting a much-needed break. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Expecting the unexpected as president

Feb 29, 2008
Some pundits say fundraising success is the best indication of presidential character. Others say it's success in business, or time spent on Capitol Hill. But Dan Drezner thinks it's how well a president performs when blindsided by fate and history.

EPA denying stricter CO2 limits

Feb 29, 2008
California and 14 other states want tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars. But the EPA says it will deny the bid for stricter regulations. John Dimsdale reports it could have to do pressure from the auto industry.

Democrats appeal to NAFTA resentment

Feb 28, 2008
Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama have been focusing on their opposition to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. But will voters in Ohio, where thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost, be persuaded? Mhari Saito reports.
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Bush calls for more wiretapping power

Feb 28, 2008
At President Bush's press conference he talked about everything from fighting AIDS to stimulating the economy. But his most passionate topic was why Congress should pass the warrantless wiretapping program. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Economy

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