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Private contracts drive Afghan economy

Nov 25, 2009
Private contractors outnumber U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Steve Henn reports these contracts play an important role in the Afghan economy.

Cost of more U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Nov 24, 2009
President Obama will soon announce new plans for expanding U.S. efforts in the Afghanistan war. Steve Henn reports on how high the tab might go.

Concern grows over rising U.S. debt

Nov 23, 2009
Government notes, bills and bonds will be on sale as Washington tries to finance its spending habits. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon talks with Kai Ryssdal about increasing worries over what the government owes and how much that debt costs.

Bill would allow Congress to audit Fed

Nov 20, 2009
A House committee has approved a bill sponsored by Republican Ron Paul to expand congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve. Steve Henn reports.
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Why the E.U. chose its president

Nov 20, 2009
The E.U. has chosen Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy for the new position of E.U. president. But why didn't the title go to a more well-known candidate? Christopher Werth reports.

Labor groups call for banking reforms

Nov 16, 2009
Labor union activists are rallying in Washington, D.C. calling for Congress to enact tougher reforms on Wall Street, including limits on bank sizes and oversight of risky investments. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Government wants credit limit raise

Nov 13, 2009
The current U.S. credit limit is set at $12.1 trillion, and Congress will soon have to raise the legal limit on how much money the government can borrow. As Steve Henn reports, the administration is aiming for over $13 trillion.

White House seeks to raise debt limit

Nov 13, 2009
There's a limit on how much money the federal government can borrow. So the White House is asking Congress to hike up the national debt limit. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Bloomberg's wallet hurting his image?

Nov 2, 2009
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is widely expected to win a third term in Tuesday's election. So why will he have spent as much as $140 million on the race? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Defense contractors face lean times

Oct 20, 2009
Giant military contractor Lockheed Martin reported a healthy third-quarter profit. But it's still a tough environment for defense contractors. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington