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House considers new ethics panel

Feb 28, 2008
The U.S. House is expected to vote today on whether to set up a new, independent panel to screen ethics complaints. But some worry the panel could launch political witch hunts. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Proceed with caution in this economy

Feb 27, 2008
Some economists and pundits have said we should spend our way out of the current economic slowdown. But commentator and economist Susan Lee says it was that same worry-free attitude about buying that got us into the housing crisis in the first place.
Posted In: Economy

Another rate cut ahead -- maybe

Feb 27, 2008
Ben Bernanke went to Capitol Hill to once again express the critical state of the economy. He signaled that the Fed is still deciding whether to cut interest rates. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Economy

Is there a check on banks' political clout?

Feb 26, 2008
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says recent legislation pushed in the Senate by bank lobbyists shows just how much political power the nation's richest industries have.
Posted In: Science

Where does that $3 trillion go?

Feb 26, 2008
This year President Bush proposed a federal budget of more than $3 trillion. Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Bittle, author of "Where Does the Money Go?," about how taking a closer look at the spending of federal dollars could help avoid future deficits.
Posted In: Books, Washington

U.S. should define its secret technology

Feb 20, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says that when it comes to technology the government doesn't know what should be sold to foreign countries and what should be kept secret.
Posted In: Science

Cuban-Americans hope for reforms

Feb 19, 2008
Cuban-Americans are hoping Fidel Castro's resignation will prompt economic reforms in the country. Dan Grech reports on the immigrants' increased influence on US-Cuba policy.
Posted In: Travel

Presidency a big job for one person

Feb 19, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says that the U.S. president is expected to be both head of state and prime minister -- two very different roles that are hard to fill adequately by one person. Third in a series.

CO2 a common election concern

Feb 19, 2008
The presidential candidates are working hard to differentiate themselves, but most of them do agree on one thing. Sarah Gardner reports all the leading candidates endorse a limit on CO2 emissions.

Less limit on public election funds

Feb 18, 2008
Senators John McCain and Barack Obama signed a pledge last year to accept a limit on public financing in the general election. But John Dimsdale reports there may soon be a change to those ground rules.

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