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Arizona immigration law challenged

Apr 2, 2008
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is challenging an Arizona immigration law that would allow the state to shut down businesses knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

'Credit default swaps' getting attention

Apr 2, 2008
A peculiar kind of unregulated financial instrument called a credit default swap was a key factor in why the Fed kept Bear Stearns from failing. Marketplace's John Dimsdale tells Kai Ryssdal about whether Congress might be applying some scrutiny.
Posted In: Wall Street

More tweaks for online gambling bill

Apr 2, 2008
Although the law banning banks from processing payments to gambling Web sites is more than a year old, it still isn't in effect. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on why Congress is still working out the details.

Paulson talks trade in China

Apr 2, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was in China today talking with his Chinese counterpart about trade, energy and the environment. Lisa Chow reports from Beijing.

Oil execs defend federal tax breaks

Apr 1, 2008
Executives from Big Oil were in the hot seat on Capitol Hill today, trying to defend billions of dollars worth of tax breaks their companies receive. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Visa cap could leave U.S. jobs open

Apr 1, 2008
Visa applications for highly skilled foreign workers are expected to hit a record high this year, but a U.S. cap means a large number will be rejected. It also means U.S. jobs won't be filled. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Will the Fed have too much power?

Apr 1, 2008
Proposed new powers for the Fed would allow the agency to pre-empt another Bear Stearns-style debacle. Jill Barshay reports this might turn the Fed into a "super cop."
Posted In: Economy

Revving up the Fed engine

Mar 31, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has a blueprint for a new, streamlined Federal Reserve engine, complete with new and reorganized powers. But Congress still has to sign off on the bill. Alisa Roth reports.

Ethics law targets Louisiana's old ways

Mar 28, 2008
When a new set of ethics laws goes into effect in Louisiana this weekend, politicians are going to have to start toeing the line. The Bayou State has a long history of questionable relationships between businessmen and politicians. Kate Archer Kent reports that the new governor's trying to change that.

Pentagon faulted for private contractors

Mar 28, 2008
We all know companies often outsource work to contractors to cut costs. Even governments do it. But federal auditors now say the Defense Department counts on outside contractors too much Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

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