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Obama breaks war funding promise

Apr 10, 2009
The Obama administration sent an $83 billion war supplemental to Congress, going back on his word to only fund wars through the normal budgeting process. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Steve Henn about why.

Contractors fight for Defense budget

Apr 7, 2009
The debate surrounding the Defense Department's proposed budget change is being fueled by contractors who want to keep their jobs. Marketplace's Steve Henn tells Steve Chiotakis how many people some defense contracts would employ.

Lobbyists fight stimulus talk ban

Mar 27, 2009
The White House is forbidding registered lobbyists from talking to executive branch officials who decide how to spend stimulus funds. Lobbyists say this violates their rights and are planning a challenge. John Dimsdale reports.

Regulations target financial risk-takers

Mar 26, 2009
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is talking to Congress about new regulations aimed at financial risk-takers. Tamara Keith has the latest from Geithner, who is putting emphasis on regulation adaptability.

Geithner: Must take risks to fix crisis

Mar 23, 2009
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner talks with Kai Ryssdal about the Obama administration's plan to get bad assets off banks' books, and what signs he will look for to see economic recovery.
Posted In: Timothy Geithner

Taxpayer anger threatens bailout plans

Mar 16, 2009
With taxpayer dollars on the line, anger over AIG is threatening government support for future bailouts. John Dimsdale reports on whether the federal government will have support to help anybody else.

Rate cut expected for Bank of England

Mar 5, 2009
Economists are expecting the Bank of England to cut its interest rates by a half of a percent today, and will also likely announce its intention towards quantitative easing. Christopher Werth explains what that means for the bank.
Posted In: Investing

Who's hit the worst by the recession?

Mar 4, 2009
New York Times columnist David Leonhardt talks with Kai Ryssdal about who's getting hit the hardest by job losses and why.
Posted In: Jobs

It's a good time to be a lobbyist

Feb 25, 2009
With the federal government rapidly increasing spending and getting more involved in the private sector, business for Washington lobbyists is booming. Ronni Radbill reports.

Do combat personnel get fair pay?

Feb 20, 2009
Michael O'Hanlon at the Brookings Institution estimates the U.S. has spent more than $400,000 per troop in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, Tess Vigeland asks, is the pay in line with the duty?