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Houston's commuter experiment

Oct 5, 2006
Houston traffic ranks 5th worst in the country. So in a citywide experiment, commuters from 130 companies there volunteered to temporarily shift their work hours to see if that could help ease congestion. Hillary Wicai reports.

Sick days for all

Oct 5, 2006
Voters in San Francisco are expected to make their city the first in the country to require paid sick leave for all workers. Could it spark a trend on the national level? Rachel Dornhelm reports.

It's time to play the inequality card

Oct 4, 2006
Do Americans feel strongly enough about the widening wage gap that it can be a winning issue for Democrats in the upcoming midterm Congressional elections? Commentator Robert Reich says yes.

Five weeks, $1 billion 'til Election Day

Oct 3, 2006
Political candidates around the nation will collectively spend about <nobr>$1 billion</nobr> now through Nov. 7 &mdash; on top of the $1 billion they've already spent. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jordan Lieberman of Campaigns and Elections magazine about where the money's going.

Business on the high court's docket

Oct 2, 2006
For the first time in years, the Supreme Court has a business-heavy caseload ahead as it convenes for a new term today. Court watchers say Chief Justice John Roberts is behind the shift. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Washington

Is the legislative branch broken?

Oct 2, 2006
Congress is out until Election Day and politicians are back in their home districts buying ads and making speeches. But are they solving anything we really care about? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Taking federal issues into their own hands

Oct 2, 2006
What happens when a state like California jumps into issues usually reserved for Congress? Jeff Tyler reports. First in <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/realagenda/"><strong>The Real Agenda</strong></a> series.

Businesses watch new Supreme Court session

Oct 2, 2006
A large number of the cases on the Supreme Court's 2006-07 docket have deep implications for businesses. And that has many gearing up for a fight. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Washington

Wildfires burn through government coffers

Oct 2, 2006
This year, wildfires have burned over 9 million acres, mostly in the West. Now the bill for fighting those fires is coming due. Austin Jenkins has more.
Posted In: Washington

For senators, pride goeth before the fall election

Sep 29, 2006
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says he's skeptical that members of the Senate will open their campaign finances to scrutiny on the Internet &mdash; though they have no problem requiring it for others.
Posted In: Washington

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