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Fed's new role must not be permanent

Oct 29, 2008
An important point to keep in mind, says commentator David Frum, is that the government's new role in banking, insurance and other industries is for emergency purposes. Ultimately, that role needs to go away.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Will latest rate cut help the economy?

Oct 29, 2008
The Federal Reserve cut the interest rate to 1% in an effort to encourage lending and stimulate the economy. Will it work? What about inflation? Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Letters: AIG, G1 phones and more

Oct 28, 2008
The Marketplace mailbox gave us a lot to think about this week. Kai Ryssdal picked comments on his interview with Rep. Henry Waxman and on Robert Reich's column on the idea of "too big to fail."
Posted In: Economy, Internet, Science, Wall Street

Outsiders pay most to House campaigns

Oct 27, 2008
The presidential race isn't the only election next week. More than 400 members of the House are running, and most incumbents will likely cruise to easy victories. One reason is an overwhelming cash advantage. Steve Henn reports.

EPA's controversial power plant rules

Oct 27, 2008
The EPA is changing the way it measures pollution from power plants and making it easier for older facilities to upgrade without installing new emission control equipment. Sarah Gardner has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Science

Checking in on the bailout package

Oct 27, 2008
Three weeks after the $700 billion bailout package seems a good time to find out how it's going. To chat about the bailout and who's lining up to get their share, Kai Ryssdal called economist Doug Elmendorf at the Brookings Institution.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Bailout plan turns to foreclosures

Oct 24, 2008
Kai Ryssdal talks to David Leonhardt of the New York Times and Leigh Gallagher of Forbes about Congress' decision to funnel more cash to struggling homeowners and other news from a busy week.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Ca-ching goes the Federal Reserve

Oct 23, 2008
The Federal Reserve has bailed out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers. And there's more to come. The total is estimated at $1.4 trillion. Wondering where that money comes from? Rico Gagliano finds out.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Alan Greenspan's 'shocked disbelief'

Oct 23, 2008
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress he's "shocked" at the financial meltdown. He did concede his belief in deregulation was flawed, but Nancy Marshall Genzer asks, did Greenspan really not see this coming?
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Maybe 'too big to fail' is just too big

Oct 22, 2008
Taxpayers are bailing out huge Wall Street banks because their collapse would spell doom for the financial system. But commentator Robert Reich thinks it's odd to also allow those companies to consolidate and get even bigger.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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