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A more activist approach from the Fed

Aug 21, 2008
The Federal Reserve's annual symposium is getting underway today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the landscape looks a lot different from last year. Dan Grech explores the Fed's role as a lender of last resort to banks.
Posted In: Economy

Where campaign funds can't be tapped

Aug 21, 2008
Politicians have been using campaign accounts as personal legal defense funds for years. But Steve Henn reports in Senator David Vitter's prostitution case, the Federal Election Commission is starting to draw a line.

A word on capital gains; dividend taxes

Aug 20, 2008
If you wonder where the candidates are on dividend and capital gains taxes, commentator Glenn Hubbard can fill you in. Then, he'll explain why he thinks the government needs to keep them low.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

Convention donors have no limits

Aug 20, 2008
Campaign finance laws may limit the donations lawmakers can accept, but companies and unions can give as much as they want for conventions. Steve Henn looks into how much sponsors can get for a million dollars.

Campaign staffers and political ties

Aug 18, 2008
Sen. John McCain's been getting heat for having lobbyists on his campaign staff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's becoming difficult to avoid hiring experts with connections.

Lobbyists to party up convention VIPs

Aug 18, 2008
Lobbyists aren't dumb. When a political convention is in town, it's time to party -- and to promote their causes -- by inviting all the Congress people and other convention VIPs. Jeremy Hobson asks, is that allowed?

Repopulating New Orleans

Aug 15, 2008
To rebuild a city, you have to know who's back and who's not. Tess Vigeland talks to New Orleans demographer Allison Plyer about the state of the Crescent City three years after Hurricane Katrina.

Do CEO endorsements mean anything?

Aug 15, 2008
When high profile CEOs contribute to a political campaign, what's more valuable: the money, or the weight of their support? Steve Henn explores the question and the political influence of CEOs in this economy.

Truth-testing Obama's tax plan

Aug 14, 2008
Barack Obama unveiled new details about his tax-cut plan today. It includes the tax cuts -- and who will pay for them. Jeremy Hobson looked at the math to see if Obama's numbers hold up.
Posted In: Taxes

Fed helps, but needs to be accountable

Aug 13, 2008
The Fed has bailed out banks, advised them on capital assets and now is issuing regulations for the credit-card industry. But who, asks commentator Robert Reich, is minding the Fed?

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