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Bittersweet anniversary for the homeless

Jul 19, 2007
Sunday marks 20 years since the enactment of the first federal legislation to tackle homelessness, but the number of homeless has since more than doubled. Jeff Tyler looks at what happened and how advocates suggest we turn things around.
Posted In: Washington

Plutocrats rising

Jul 11, 2007
The possibility that New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg might run for president has captivated Washington. And it's got commentator David Frum wondering why no one complains when a plutocrat seeks to buy political office.

No more surprise overdraft fees?

Jul 11, 2007
You go to the ATM to get, say $60, but you've only got $59 in the bank. Should your bank warn you before it hands over the cash and slaps you with a $35 overdraft fee? Congress today considers legislation that would require it. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Washington

In Pennsylvania, gambling's 'essential'

Jul 9, 2007
Faced with a budget impasse, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell sent home state employees, except for "essential" public servants such as police, firefighters, and lottery and gaming workers. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Troop withdrawal back up for debate

Jul 9, 2007
There's a $650 billion defense authorization bill on the Senate's table, and with $130 billion earmarked to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops' presence there is fair game for debate again. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Washington

Governor travels on nonprofits' dime

Jul 5, 2007
California Gov. Schwarzenegger has let charities pay for some of his pricey overseas trips that feature private jets and four-star hotels. The nonprofits get tax write-offs for the trips — and access, of course. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.

Washington at odds over VA funding

Jul 5, 2007
Hundreds of thousands of disabled Veterans are waiting months, sometimes years, to receive disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. Congress is trying to add to the VA's budget, but not everyone is happy with the price tag. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

Old citizenship rates going, going...

Jul 5, 2007
There's been a surge in citizenship applications across the country in the past six months. Patriotic fervor? More likely, immigrants are hoping to avoid the 69 percent increase in the application fee. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Freedom of information overload

Jul 4, 2007
The Freedom of Information Act requires the federal government to release unclassified documents. That'd be great if people were always getting them. A new study has found a mounting backlog of unanswered requests, John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Business lobbies for foreign workers

Jul 3, 2007
The immigration bill defeated in the Senate last week may not be dead after all, at least not if business interests get their way. They're pushing to bring back parts of the legislation that would allow far more foreign workers. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Washington

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