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Small magazines gird for postage hike

May 14, 2007
A first-class postage stamp rose 2 cents to 41 cents today. One rate that didn't go up today but will in July is for mailing periodicals. Jeremy Hobson reports that for some small magazines it's a welcome delay.
Posted In: Washington

Immigration reform stuck at the border

May 14, 2007
Lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a compromise on immigration reform before '08 politicking makes that impossible, but the two sides can't agree on which workers to let into the country. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Washington

Campaign funding with full disclosure

May 11, 2007
Federal campaign finance laws are complicated. But in Virginia it's simple: Give as much money as you want as many times as you want. The catch? Everybody gets to know. Steve Henn reports.

Student loan regulation up for debate

May 10, 2007
As lawmakers consider greater oversight of the lucrative student loan industry, some universities are pushing for self-regulation. They claim the free market will spit out the bad seeds, but critics say that's misguided. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Washington

Campaigns make bottom-line adjustments, too

May 8, 2007
Political campaigns aren't much different from Wall Street corporations. They, too, like to pad their numbers at the end of a reporting season to show strength and growth. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

More pork than water?

May 8, 2007
Watchdog groups are calling it the biggest pork-barrel water projects bill ever. The Senate wants to spend $32 billion for hundreds of projects — like millions to keep a California beach sandy. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

Checking in on Real ID

May 8, 2007
A Senate committee today revisits the Real ID Act, which creates a federal standard for state IDs. Most folks agree it's a good idea, but no one wants to foot the expensive bill, reports Jeremy Hobson.
Posted In: Washington

Iraq funding bill, plan B

May 3, 2007
Tensions in Washington remain high as Democratic leaders return to the drawing board to come up with a veto-proof appropriations bill that will move toward bringing U.S. troops home. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

E-mails sought in Sallie Mae probe

May 2, 2007
Department of Education officials are in the hot seat for allegedly favoring some lenders in the $85 billion student loan industry. Democrats are expanding their probe and will question the department head.
Posted In: Washington

Congress wants food for thought on FDA

May 1, 2007
As the Food & Drug Administration tries to deal with the fallout from the contaminated pet food scandal, Congress has started looking at whether the agency is doing its job. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
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