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An economic stimulus? Infrastructure

May 21, 2008
Why do some countries' economies grow and others don't? A World Bank commission says that, among other things, the ones that grow invest in their infrastructure. Commentator Robert Reich says that's what the United States ought to do.

Senate panel to oil execs: Why?

May 21, 2008
A Senate committee will be asking oil executives directly today why the price of oil per barrel has risen so high. Dan Grech reports that congressional representatives may be answered with not much more than a shrug.

McCain, GOP have a cash-flow problem

May 20, 2008
John McCain and the Republican Party are going to take on the eventual Democratic winner with a lot less cash than the GOP is used to. Politico writer Jeanne Cummings shares the details with Kai Ryssdal.

Managing a national debt addiction

May 20, 2008
While congressional negotiators build a federal budget for 2009, a group of bipartisan budget experts are launching a campaign to wean the government off what they call a debt addiction. John Dimsdale reports.

Senate looks at commodity speculation

May 20, 2008
In the last five years, the amount of money invested into commodities has grown 20-fold. Now, Congress will explore what effect that's having on consumers and if lawmakers need to take action. Jeremy Hobson reports.

What will Americans do with rebates?

May 8, 2008
Tax-rebate checks go out Friday as part of the $150 billion economic stimulus effort. And retailers are eager for a cut of your cash. We went looking for some of the more unusual ways people are planning to spend their rebates. Kai Ryssdal reports.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

House tables war spending bill

May 8, 2008
The house put on hold a $195 billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after some lawmakers questioned the way the money would be spent. Steve Henn reports on reactions to the move.

Could home-loan rescue bill sink FHA?

May 7, 2008
The House is debating a $300 billion home-loan rescue package that would dramatically increase the Federal Housing Administration's role in cleaning up the subprime mess. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on whether the FHA is up to the job.
Posted In: Housing

So, who says the worst is over?

May 6, 2008
Fannie Mae, the biggest mortgage underwriter in America, reported a loss of more than $2 billion last quarter. Investors are now bracing for more bad news when its federally-sponsored cousin Freddie Mac reports results later this week. Alisa Roth has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Bush speaks, we read between the lines

Apr 29, 2008
President Bush was firmly on message today in a Rose Garden press conference: It's a slowdown, not a recession... He'd love to lower gas prices, but Congress is standing in the way. Bob Moon and Kai Ryssdal examine what the president said and didn't say.
Posted In: Washington

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